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March 18, 2014

Netherlands Hosting Nuclear Security Summit

The Netherlands will be hosting world leaders and thousands of delegates and journalists at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) being held November 24 – 25, 2014. To ensure the safety of attendees and the public, the country has implemented a number of increased security measures and traffic restrictions. Travelers are being advised to avoid the areas of The Hague and Rotterdam, as severe delays are expected. Additional areas to be avoided include Haarlemmermeer, Wassenaar, Leiden, Katwijk, Noordwijk, and the Bollenstreek. Increased police presence and altered traffic patterns are also expected. Your Arpin service team is aware of all shipments which could be impacted and have taken the necessary steps to minimize any inconvenience to the transferring family.

Port Metro Vancouver declares ‘force majeure’ on Monday, March 17, 2014

Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, declares ‘force majeure’ due to its inability to operate as the two and a half week truckers’ strike continues with no end in sight. Weekend talks between government officials and drivers failed to make progress. The dispute has largely focused on issues relating to pay, including the truckers’ wages and the amount of unpaid time they spend waiting for cargo at container terminals.

The port is made up of a collection of facilities throughout the Vancouver region and the strike has affected the port’s four container terminals, effectively crippling operations. Container ships on route have already begun to divert to alternate ports in the United States.

Consequently, customers with import or export shipments should prepare for major delays as well as additional port storage, demurrage, and various other charges.
We will continue to provide updates as the situation warrants.