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Port Work Stoppage ? Houston Shipping Business Concerned

Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

As reported in news stations across the country, dock workers re threatening a year end strike if wages are not raised.

Loaded containers will sit idle at ports if an agreement is not reached.  While the containers are waiting to be loaded and unloaded shipping lines will charge storage fees. Customers will pay more for a strike that they are caught in the middle of. Loaded containers at the Port of Houston will be charges a $1000 “congestion fee”.  Dock handlers are rushing to unload as many of the containers as possible to help out customers.

Ships waiting to load cargo may wait it out at the port so that they do not leave with empty loads. The charges they incur are sure to drive up shipping prices.  The usual government attention to a possible strike is probably on the back burner at this time because government officials are dealing with negotiations for the fiscal cliff.

While some companies may be able to ship items via air, this is an expensive alternative. Larger items and chemicals may not have an air option available to them.

 At lease the workers did not strike before the ever important holiday season. If products get rerouted to ports that are not striking, consumer goods prices will rise. These rerouted items will need to be shipped over land to their final destinations.  Think clothing, TV’s, snow removal equipment and shoes.

If the ports do get congested with ships, it will take longer to unload and sort all of the shipments.  There is the possibility of goods taking longer to clear customs. The staffing will be the same, but there will be many more containers to sort through at one time. 

The strike could occur in parts. The ports may continue to process both food and ships that carry passengers and automobiles. These shipments that are not containerized items should not be affected as far as unloading. They may be affected in their ability to make it into ports to unload if the ships start to back up due to congestion.

While the strike will affect everyone is some way, this is not good for the economy that is in a slow recovery. Families without wages are families without money to spend.

 Since a strike was averted about 90 days ago we are hopeful that a long term solution will be found this time so that companies can plan for both supplies and merchandise to sell.

Pack n send in Houston- an equipment and high value shipping company, is watching this strike or hopefully non-strike unfold.  If you need assistance in international shipping, please feel free to call us at 713 266 1450.

A list of the countries that we ship to is listed below:

Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Baruba
Belarus
Belize
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia|
Bonaire
Botswana
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Brittish Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
|Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Congo Republic of
Cook island
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curaco
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DPR of Korea Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia |
Faeroe Islands
Falkland Islands
Faroc Islands
Fiji
Finland
France

French Guinana
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Germany
Georgia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Ginvea-Bissau
Ginvea-Exquatorial
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea Republic
GuyanaHaiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran-Islamic Republic of Tersey
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan

Kenya
Kiribati
Korpa
Kosovo
Kosrae Island
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Libyan Arab Jamahiriy
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Nive
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
|Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
QatarRepublic of Nevis
Reunion
Romania
Rota
Russia
Rwanda
Saba
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Somaliand
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthelemy
St. Croix
St. Eustatius
St. John
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Thomas
St. Vincent
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tadjikistan
Tahiti
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tinian
Tonga
Tongo
Tortola
Trinidad and Tobago
Truk
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands(Brittish)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Gorda
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabw

 

 

 

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