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Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season

Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season

Please be aware, that as one of the market leaders in driver accompanied trailers for the ceramics industry from the main tile, stone and slate producing areas of Europe, Spain in particular, we are still fully committed to running our services as before. However, we may be forced into having to use other forms of transport or experience slight delays whilst trailer availability is scarce during the run up to the Christmas period and just beyond. Doing so may result in an extended transit times beyond our advertised Tier 1 and Tier 2 transit times of 5-7 and 7-10 days respectively.

The Fruit season normally starts during November and can last until February. During this period the supermarkets tend to import large volumes of wine and fruit in preparation for the festive season and put a strain on levels of trailer availability and pricing.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week, and that orders are placed in advance where possible in order to avoid disappointment.

This situation is fluid and equipment availability can change from day to day throughout the whole of this period, therefore if you have any questions or queries regarding the aforementioned we ask you to contact your account handler who will be more than happy to assist with your service requirements.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please be rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

Italian Haulier Strike

Regrettably, we have been informed that a two-day strike action has been declared by truck drivers in Italy, starting on Monday October 30th.

A group of labour unions has called for a strike after they failed to reach an agreement with three large employer organisations moreover, a national holiday throughout Europe is also occurring on Wednesday 1st November and factories will be closed on this day as well.

This strike action, coupled with the national holiday will cause disruption and delays to our service during this period.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and will keep you fully informed of the developments.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

Spanish Port Strikes Cancelled

Update

The industrial action affecting all Spanish Ports has been withdrawn and the strikes for this week have been cancelled on the following dates:

3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of July

The relevant parties have agreed to continue negotiations without strike action being taken for the time being, however heavy congestion does still remain.

Due to the heavy congestion, our services are still likely to suffer slight delays until the backlog has cleared.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact your day to day operator and we will keep updated of any changes.

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Further to the strike actions called on the 5th, 7th, 9th, 19th, 21st, and 23rd June, the Unions have just announced that they intend withdraw the strikes scheduled on the following days:

June 23rd, 26th and 27th

Although this strike action is expected to be cancelled, please be advised that it is still likely to have an impact on our transits and services due to go slows and backlogs of goods and equipment at all ports.

We remain optimistic that negotiations will continue between stevedores, stevedoring companies, associations and Government in order to reach agreement before next intended strike periods are imposed which are outlined below:

July - 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact your day to day operator and we will keep updated of any changes.

Summer Shutdown 2017

FAO Trailer Operation / Short Sea Customer,

A large number of factories throughout Europe will soon commence their annual summer shutdowns. These closures will mainly affect the Italian market with the majority of factories closing from 7th August 2017 and reopening on the 21st August 2017.
 
Before and during this period, Neptune Shipping Agency will continue to operate their Container, Trailer and Multimodal services throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, however we will be limiting the amount of vehicles we are sending to Italy and mainland European destinations as demand will inevitably be reduced.
 
In addition, we would also like to make you aware that up until the end of August there will be a driving ban for heavy vehicles every Saturday, Sunday and on some occasions on a Friday. Due to this situation and the inevitable increased tonnage being shipped during this period, deliveries are likely to incur a slightly longer transit time than usual, but we will of course make every effort to deliver your goods at the earliest opportunity as we always do.
 
We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week and that orders are placed well before the shutdown commences to avoid disappointment.
 
If consignments are available for collection during the actual shutdown period, we will of course endeavor to collect and deliver as soon as possible and within our normal transit times, but allowances will need to be made due to the circumstances.
 
For more information regarding the shutdown, please do not hesitate to contact the following staff members who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry:
 
SPAIN and PORTUGAL Trailers:

Rich Bellerby 
Email: RichB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386518
 
Jeremy Gubbin
Email: JeremyG@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386520

Josh Searle
Email: JoshS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386602
 
ITALY and REST OF EUROPE Trailers:

Ian Webber
Email: IanW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386523

Sam Isaac
Email: SamI@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386618
 
Paul Wilson 
Email: PaulW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386508
  
EU Short Sea Operations
 
Rachael Beer
Email: RachaelB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386628
 
Sam Sharland
Email: SamS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386640
 
Rory Curtin
Email: RoryC@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386511

Road closures in Spain

Due to heavy snow and ice, many of Spain's main motorways and other important roads closed.

The result of this is that there will be serious delays for all traffic coming from Valencia and Castellon during the next few days.

For more information on this please see the below external link:-

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/20/inenglish/1484898649_551760.html

(This link is to a third party site of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management.)

Please contact your operational contact at Neptune to discuss any specific shipments.

Serious Space Shortages on Far East Cargo

Emergency Update - Serious Space Shortages on Far East Westbound Cargo           

Equipment Challenges and Severe Congestion at Felixstowe / Southampton Ports

Please find below the latest update on the Asia/Europe (UK) trade.
 
Far East Westbound Ocean Freight Rate Update/Space & Equipment Update.
 
Following the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping and the further consolidation of ocean carriers, the very tight space and equipment situation that we saw through the summer is now getting considerably worse. Blank sailings after the Chinese Golden Week holiday and increasing demand in the lead up to the early Chinese New Year on 28th January 2017, have led to much higher rate levels and longer notice periods being required for bookings.

We encourage all our clients to increase their lead times and also make sure their suppliers make early bookings with accurate forecasts of how many containers that will be needed and exactly when they will be ready for shipment.  We recommend bookings at least 3 weeks in advance of vessel closing date.

Rates in general have been increasing in the second half of 2016 and we expect this pattern to continue with further increases expected with effect from the 15th December 2016. We are expecting a likely announcement soon of a Peak Season Surcharge where one is not already in place from the 1st January 2017.
 
To further complicate matters, poor weather has led to several vessels arriving late and having to leave UK ports without taking back empty containers, which will lead to equipment shortages in Asia especially in the lead up to Chinese New Year.  This problem creates congestion at Felixstowe and Southampton ports which leads to delays in getting containers collected, thus late running of deliveries.

We thank you for your continued support, and wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Successful 2017.

Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season 16

Dear Trailer/Multi-modal Operations Customer,

Please be aware, that as the market leader in driver accompanied trailers for the ceramics industry from the main tile producing areas of Europe, Spain in particular, we are still fully committed to running our services as before, however we may be forced into having to use other forms of transport or experience slight delays whilst trailer availability is scarce during the run up to the Christmas period and just beyond.  Doing so may result in an extended transit times beyond our advertised Tier 1 and Tier 2 transit times of 5-7 and 7-10 days respectively.

The Fruit season normally starts during November and can last until February. During this period the supermarkets tend to import large volumes of wine and fruit in preparation for the festive season and put a strain on levels of trailer availability and pricing.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure that orders are placed in advance where possible in order to avoid disappointment.

This situation is fluid and equipment availability can change from day to day throughout the whole of this period, therefore if you have any questions or queries regarding the aforementioned we ask you to contact your account handler who will be more than happy to assist with your service requirements.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

Kaohsiung Super Typhoon

Typhoon Meranti slams Southern China after battering Taiwan

The super Typhoon, with winds of up to 216Km/h has now reached Southern China after bringing chaos to Taiwan.

In the Port of Kaohsiung, at least 10 vessel’s broke from their anchors, including a 140,000 tonne vessel.

typhoon

One 14,000 TEU vessel, crashed into the port and caused damage to several cargo cranes.

This Typhoon has caused operations at Ports to cease and severe delays in cargo operations are to be expected throughout Taiwan and Southern China.

We will continue to monitor any shipments you have, however please contact your operator should you require further details.

Summer Shutdown 2016

Summer factory closures

A large number of factories throughout Europe will soon commence their annual summer shutdowns. These closures will mainly affect the Italian market with the majority of factories closing from 15th August 2016 and reopening on the 29th August 2016.

Before and during this period, Neptune Shipping Agency will continue to operate their Container, Trailer and Multimodal services throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, however we will be limiting the amount of vehicles we are sending to Italy and mainland European destinations as demand will inevitably be reduced.
 
In addition we would also like to make you aware that up until the end of August there will be a driving ban for heavy vehicles every Saturday, Sunday and on some occasions on a Friday. Due to this situation and the inevitable increased tonnage being shipped during this period, deliveries are likely to incur a slightly longer transit time than usual, but we will of course make every effort to deliver your goods at the earliest opportunity as we always do.
 
We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week and that orders are placed well before the shutdown commences to avoid disappointment.
 
If consignments are available for collection during the actual shutdown period, we will of course endeavour to collect and deliver as soon as possible and within our normal transit times, but allowances will need to be made due to the circumstances.
 
For more information regarding the shutdown, please do not hesitate to contact the following staff members who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry:
 
SPAIN and PORTUGAL Trailers:

Rich Bellerby 
Email: RichB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386518

Josh Searle
Email: JoshS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386602
 
Jeremy Gubbin
Email: JeremyG@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386520

ITALY and REST OF EUROPE Trailers:

Ian Webber
Email: IanW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386523

Sam Isaac
Email: SamI@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386618
 
Paul Wilson 
Email: PaulW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386508 

EU Short Sea Operations
 
Emma Craven
Email: EmmaC@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386627
 
Rachael Beer
Email: RachaelB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386628
 
Sam Sharland
Email: SamS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386640

SOLAS & VGM

SOLAS to introduce Verified Gross Mass.

Following concerns raised by the shipping industry regarding the mis-declaration of cargo weights, SOLAS (Safety Of Lives At Sea) has introduced Verified Gross Mass (VGM) which comes into force for sailings from 1st July 2016.
It is estimated that 20% of all containers are mis-declared. During investigations a vessel leaving Rotterdam was found to be 6,000 ton over the declared weight, putting enormous strain on the vessel’s lashing, tackle systems and safety. These discrepancies might help explain or at least contribute to an estimated 10,000 containers being lost overboard each year. Recent studies of 125,000 containers were analysed and it appeared that 5% were dangerously overweight and some recorded up to 80 tonnes.
Therefore, all containers for loading aboard vessels must have an actual VGM declared by the Shipper.
 
For Import shipments into the UK it is the responsibility of the manufacturer/shipper to confirm the VGM prior to shipment at origin. This will then be recorded and needs to match the actual weight of the container when this loads on the vessel. As such you will need to make your suppliers aware they will have to comply with the SOLAS VGM procedure for any shipments from the 1.07.16 to avoid them being left off vessels, delaying arrival to the UK and incurring potential extra costs.
 
For EXW/FCA shipments to the UK we may need to arrange the VGM at origin on your behalf to comply with the new regulation. In cases where the Consignor(s) is/are unable or unwilling (or is impracticable for them) to cover the costs, it may lead to potential modest charges being incurred for the VGM and we will advise if this is the case prior to proceeding with any shipments on your behalf.
 
For Export shipments from the UK you will need to have the full Verified Gross Mass for the shipment at time of loading and we can arrange to declare this on your behalf 24 hours before the vessel is expected to load.
Currently most UK port terminals are weighing all export containers to make sure that the system is being adhered to and should there be any differences with the declared and actual weight value of the shipment there could be additional charges to pay.
 
See the below Link to the International Maritime Organisations site with further details on the new procedure:-

http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/Containers/Pages/Verification-of-the-gross-mass.aspx
 
Should you have any questions on this subject then please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Many thanks 

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