Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Intensified strike action by customs officers paralyses movement of goods in Brazil

18 July 2012 Inchcape Shipping Services, the world’s leading maritime services provider, is advising that the impact of strikes is worsening during a further week of industrial action by Brazilian customs officers with a four day strike underway in the main ports of the country including Santos, Brazil’s most strategically important port. The latest action is expected to severely impact cargo clearance and vessel movements.
With customs officers doubling efforts from two days per week of strike action up to four days, major ports during the period will have no import or export clearance; no transit clearance, no process operations, with only medicines, food and livestock unaffected.
Cargo is currently being cleared in a backlog, affecting import and export processes and delaying operations. With the additional strike days putting more pressure on port operations, some ports may have to refuse cargo if the action continues. Congestion at some ports is already impacting anchorage areas, forcing ships to deviate to other less congested ports.
With cargo clearances and processes already more expensive, the strike is further affecting commerce and customs’ leaders are expecting this latest action to reinforce their negotiating position to the government on salaries and working conditions.
Locally, ISS Brazil is continuing to monitor events in the country for shipowners and operators and advising clients individually on how to minimise the effect to their operations.

Inchcape Shipping Services is the world's leading maritime services provider. With over 280 proprietary offices in 65 countries, and a workforce of over 3,700, the company’s diverse global customer base now includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and inter-governmental organisations.
ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated marine services. The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics; port hub agency management; and sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning solutions through its subsidiary ShipNet.

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