Weekly Update Week 16: April 17th – 21st

Operations Update

French Update 
Last Friday, the highest French constitutional court, Le Conseil Constitutionnel, ruled that the change to the retirement age was legal.  Subsequently, there has been a change in the French situation with more limited industrial action, accordingly a lot of bookings have been made from Fos and Le Havre. We anticipate, if this should continue, that we will no longer be using Antwerp and remain hopeful the backlog is cleared soon.  We have been advised that vessels will now sail 3 weeks after the latest ready date for consolidated containers, FCL’s will be quicker.  There are, however, more calls for strike action and we will continue to monitor and respond accordingly.

German Industrial Action
There is a nationwide rail strike planned for Friday the 21st of April, which will affect some freight movements, disruption is also planned at some airports on Thurs/Friday.

Low Volume Lanes:

Georgia to New York – If you are considering wine from the country of Georgia, we currently have room on our consolidated container going to New York.

Australia to New York – We currently have room on our Australia to New York consolidated container.  Please let us know if you are interested in adding to this container.

Italy to Oakland – We continue to ramp up LCL shipments to the West Coast and currently have room on our next Italy to Oakland consolidated container. With this direct service, the cost of shipping to the west coast has dropped significantly.

If you would like to take some or all of these spots, please reach out to your sales representative, or reply to this email.

News to Know

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Finding your portfolio’s next hidden treasure. Insider Guide: How to Stray Off the Beaten Path When Visiting a New Wine Region | VinePair

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