Ten-Day Dockworkers’ Strike To Hit Three Portuguese Ports

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting November 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement. The ports to be affected by the strike are the third, fourth...

IATA designates MIA as pharma hub

November 04, 2015: IATA has designated Miami International Airport as the first pharmaceuticals (pharma) freight hub in the U.S. and only the second in the world. MIA has been recognized for organizing its pharma logistics providers to undergo IATA’s Pharma Certification Program, which certifies that pharma products are transported in...

Delays of 10 days reported at Panama Canal

Ocean carriers are canceling services and telling some shippers they can expect weeklong delays due to considerable and unexplained congestion through the Panama Canal. Various reports have cited adverse weather conditions and repairs to existing locks as explanations for the delays. The Panama Canal Authority, however, did not respond to multiple...

Additional 48 Hours of Strike in Greece November 4-6, 2015

Striking Seamen’s Union in Greece announced they are extending their 48 hour strike for an additional two days from 6:00 local time Wednesday to 06:00 local time Friday. The strike is affecting local ferries, pilots and towage services. Vessels are unable to berth or depart from any Greek port. 

Volcanic Eruption Closes Indonesia’s Denpasar Airport

An eruption by the Gunung Rinjani volcano on nearby Lombok Island has forced a temporary closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, disrupting hundreds of flights from across the region and Australia. The volcano, situated some 40 miles south of Bali, began erupting on Nov.1, sending an ash plume up...

Heathrow Unveils £180m Plan To Double Cargo Volumes

The UK’s biggest air freight gateway Heathrow Airport Tuesday announced plans to “revolutionize” its cargo facilities and processes in a £180 million investment plan over 15 years that aims to double its cargo volumes. The long-awaited announcement appears to represent the first serious attempt in more than a decade to...

Customs Strike in Brazil Ongoing

Brazil’s National Union for Customs Officers (Sindisfisco) have been striking since August 19, 2015. The strike is on-going and expected to continue until further notice. Currently only essential customs activities are being performed and all ports are being impacted. Shipments are still being cleared at airports, but significant delays are...

Heavy Fog Delayed Flights Across Europe

Heavy fog caused disruptions across Western Europe, with low visibility leading to significant flight delays on Monday. There were delays at airports in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Brussels, where visibility reportedly dropped to just 100m. The situation was worsened at Dusseldorf Airport by the discovery overnight of an...

Lengthy Panama Canal Transit Delays

The Panama Canal is suffering one its periodic congestion periods with more than 128 vessels waiting last week for transit with delays for non-pre-booked vessels of 5-7 days. The Panama Canal Authority blamed several days of fog last week which slowed transit times. Standard pre-booking slots which come with an...