As you may have already heard there is a labor dispute currently taking place between the ILA and the ports all across the United States of America. There is a chance that such a dispute will lead to a strike which is currently scheduled to commence on December 29th, 2012 and run indefinitely until the dispute is resolved. Although unlikely, such a strike is a possibility and if it does occur it will affect every port across the U.S.
For those clients who happen to have cargo in the ports or containers loaded but not yet ingated, they will be charged demurrage and/or per diem charges. Such charges vary by steamship line and will vary from $800 per container to $2000 per container, and could be higher if the strike is prolonged for an extended period of time.
Let me reiterate that the chances of this happening are low, however, since we choose to be on the cautious side MTL is insisting that you provide your WRITTEN INSTRUCTION IF YOU WANT YOUR CONTAINER LOADED AND TO TAKE THE RISK, if we do not received such instructions we will not load your container/cargo. This is for loads starting from Monday December 24, 2012.
If you have any questions please contact us.