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Service Interruption Alerts In Philippines, Brazil, and Gabon

February 27, 2014

Service Interruption Alert: A Strike by Philippines Trucking Companies Causes Delays in Manila.

Due to the recent strike by trucking companies, the Port of Manila, Philippines is currently experiencing delays in releasing containers. The strike began on 24 February 2014 and there is currently no resolution in sight. Customers with import or export shipments should prepare for some major delays as well as additional port storage, demurrage, and various other charges. Your Arpin Service team is aware of all shipments that may be impacted and will make arrangements to ensure appropriate parties are kept informed of any potential service disruption.

Brazilian Carnival

Multiple cities in Brazil will be celebrating Carnival from 28 February through 4 March 2014. This celebration is the biggest festival in the world with two million people per day on the streets to view or participate in the singing and dancing. With many businesses closed during this period, delays are expected for inbound and outbound shipments. Rest assured that Arpin International Group has planned accordingly and will minimize, to the best of their ability, any inconvenience to relocating families.

Service Interruption Alert: A Strike by Gabon Customs has resulted in major delays

An ongoing strike by customs officials in Gabon, Africa, has resulted in major delays in the import and export of shipments from the country. The strike, which began 19 February 2014, has suspended all customs operations and it is unclear when normal business activities will resume. Customers with import or export shipments should prepare for some major delays as well as additional port storage, demurrage, and various other charges.

In a related update, a recent regulation change on 5 February 2014 has made it illegal to import a vehicle into Gabon that is older than three (3) years. We will continue to update you as the situation warrants.