Weekly Update Week 12: March 20th – 24th

Operations Update

French Shipping Update
Last week we issued an update on the current civil unrest in France.  Unfortunately, the situation continues to deteriorate and the ports of Le Havre and Fos Sur Mer are experiencing disruption.  We laid out three potential courses of action:

  1. Shipment From Another European Port:
    Diverting orders to other ports outside of France will incur additional transport costs and shipment times will depend on the transit times between ports and shipping schedules.  If you would like to explore this option, please reach out to po@elentenyimports.com, your sales rep, or support@elentenyimports.com. Please bear in mind that using different ports will come with delays due to transit times and congestion caused by the general move away from French ports.  We anticipate that the transfer cost will add a $1 – $2 a case.

  2. Postpone Non-Urgent Shipments:
    For orders that have not already been picked you have the option to postpone the shipment.

  3. No Change to Scheduled Shipments

Currently, we have reached an agreement to transfer LCL service from Beaune to Antwerp at no additional cost.  As Antwerp is experiencing significant extra traffic, we are concerned that this may not be an ongoing option and we may have to look at alternatives.  We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

For French FCL customers we will discuss options with you at time of booking.

Shipment Times
Did you know that we post the current average shipping times for our main LCL lanes on our website?  Make sure you are taking this into consideration when planning your next shipment.  You can find this information here.  Below is last week’s update.  “Ready to Delivered” indicates ready for pickup to delivered to destination, measured in days.

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