Trade disruptions update

DHL and OOCL have reported trade disruptions in Bangladesh, India, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Bangladesh is currently experiencing political unrest, and the curfew that was imposed on August 22nd on Dhaka, Chittagong and all divisional headquarters of the country will continue for an indefinite period.

Yesterday, the government declared the closure of all government, semi-government, semi-autonomous, private organisations, banks and all financial institutions, schools and colleges. Telecommunication (mobile network) was working but to a very limited extent.

OOCL reported that the transportation infrastructure in Bangladesh was paralysed, with cargo to and from the Chittagong port unable to be transported. OOCL’s offices in Dhaka and Chittagong will remain closed until further notice.

DHL said there would not be any uplift to the airlines, and transit time on both inbound and outbound shipments would be affected.

The trade unions representing dock and port workers operating in Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) and Nhava Sheva ports have given notice that they propose to call a strike on September 1st, 2007. Container movements between container freight stations and yards will be halted until further notice.

Mexico & Caribbean
Hurricane Dean impacted pick-up and delivery operations within parts of the Caribbean, and service delays are to be expected in Belize, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Mexican cities on the Yucatan coast.

Veracruz Port is now re-open and operating as normal.