The rates during the past month have been quite stable and we have already received rates valid in February without any significant increases. The space is however very tight as we approach the Chinese New Year between 27/1 - 2/2.
The problems in the Gothenburg port continues. A strike is scheduled for tomorrow 24 January from 12.00 to 20.00, which means that the port more or less will be closed all day.
We also like to inform you regarding the new customs rules for GSP certificates. GSP will be phased out and replaced by an authorization which the exporter must apply for, called REX. Please read more in the attachement.
All shipping lines have at the beginning of the year made quite moderate changes in the rates, around plus US $ 150 / TEU.
However there are still problems in the Gothenburg port. Last week delays incurred due to storm and heavy weather and the overtime ban which means that the port is not able to put in extra resources. Despite the ongoing dialogue, the Dockworkers Union announced a new strike notice. The strike is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 January, from 12:00 to 20:00.
The mediation regarding the conflict in the port of Gothenburg has been called off and the ban on overtime, newhire freeze, use of pool workers are resumed.
This means that handling times at the port will be longer during the week. We will keep you informed as soon as possible if you are affected.