Hurricane Matthew & Impacts to Port Operations

As Hurricane Matthew moves up the coast, port operations along the Southeastern US Coastline may be impacted.

Florida: Port Readiness Condition Zulu has been issued by the US Coast Guard (USCG) for South Florida ports. These restriction conditions are in effect for Port Everglades, Miami, Miami River, Palm Beach, Canaveral, Key West, and all other South Florida terminals and facilities.  Under this condition, all vessel movement will be ceased along with all ship-to-shore operations.

Georgia: Port of Brunswick terminals are closed to all work activities until Monday (October 10). Port of Savannah terminals will be closed to truck traffic on Friday (October 7) and Saturday (October 8).  Click here for further updates from the Georgia Ports Authority.

South Carolina: After preemptively deciding to close operations, Port of Charleston has decided to resume normal operating hours at all terminals on Thursday (October 6) for the Wando Welch and North Charleston Terminals. To stay up-to-date on Port of Charleston operations, click here.

North Carolina: Current operating status remains unchanged and the Ports will continue to operate under normal business hours.

Vessels In-Transit are already rerouting to avoid the storm, which may delay cargo arrival for shipments to/from the US East Coast.

Your Express Trade Capital, Inc. representative will keep you informed of the status of your cargo and of the impact the storm will have on ETC operations.

Flight Reductions at Hong Kong International

Due to the implementation of Hong Kong’s new Air Traffic Management System (ATMS), airlines have been asked by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) to reduce their passenger flight schedules by 10% (2,672 passenger flights) during the period from October 30 to November 26, 2016.

The Phased Functional Implementation (PFI) of the ATMS began on June 19th and the CAD hopes that this four-week temporary reduction during November will make for a smooth and successful implementation.

November is traditionally peak season for cargo transport by air, and the impact of passenger flight reduction on the air cargo industry will be significant in terms of increasing demand and shrinking capacity. Regulators have said that cargo flights are not being asked to reduce their schedules because of the peak season.

In all, 25 air carriers will be affected. Thousands of tons of cargo is expected to be impacted notably between Hong Kong and the airports at Taipei, Shanghai, Bangkok and Manila.

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