updated as of January 11, 2024
On the ocean
In addition, given port congestion and labor constraints at some of our ports in North America, please consider delivering your cargo following cut off guidelines (taking into account washing and fumigation timelines). As a result, we kindly ask you to consider delivery of your cargo as close as possible to receiving cut off (vessel ETA). This will allow us to better utilize space at our ports and terminals as well as allow for more efficient vessel loading and unloading operations. Early delivery of cargo is causing high inventory levels and it is impacting our efficiency and flexibility to operate our vessels.
In ports and terminals
Port operations are working very hard to ensure safe and efficient service in our ports. High occupancy levels at some of our key ports, as well as very low pick-up rates, are some of the main challenges. We are continuing to work with partners to mitigate further delays and ensure safe and efficient vessel operations.
New York/Newark: The port is at full capacity due to construction work on the port authority's ramp expansion project. As a result, FAPS has lost approximately 7-8 acres of terminal space. To mitigate delays, some vessels have been relocated to the eastside terminal. Exports of POV continue to be restricted. However, when these restrictions are lifted, capacity issues are expected to worsen.
Savannah and Brunswick: Operational consolidation to a single berth at Savannah remains until the full transition to Brunswick is complete. This relocation has helped mitigate the space issues from Oceania-bound cargoes previously routed through Savannah, but space remains highly limited due to construction projects and the new cargo commencement.
Galveston: The port is operating at full capacity, with incoming vessels contributing to the limited availability of space, particularly for large tracked and wheeled units.
Tacoma: We are observing vessel bunching and railcar shortages, which may lead to delays ranging from 1 to 5 days for some vessels, evaluated on a case-by-case basis in November.
Port Hueneme: Small delays may be expected for autos inbound from Asia.
San Diego: There is an elevated risk for delays related to vessel bunching towards the end of December.
Vancouver: Some of the Vessels carrying newly manufactured autos from Asia are experiencing delays of up to 10 days due to railcar shortages and vessel bunching.
Panama: The Panama Canal Authority has instituted water-saving measures due to the ongoing dry season, including the use of water-saving basins and cross-filling methods in lock operations. However, a prolonged dry spell and the lowest rainfall on record since 1950 have necessitated the reduction of daily transit capacity We are working closely with the Panama Canal Authority to monitor and respond to these conditions, ensuring the continuation of quality service. Our team is proactively working to mitigate potential impacts on our services, such as securing earlier canal crossing slots, which are currently scarce due to the circumstances.
Mexico: We have seen a 60 percent reduction in delays during the last 2 months, and the vessels that have called this month have had no disruptions. Infrastructure enhancements have contributed to the improved conditions, including a new storage area at the Port of Veracruz and an additional berth at IPM terminal in Altamira.
At our processing centers
Operations: Our port processing centers are open and operational. As production continues to be disrupted, we continue to be flexible in the services we offer, how we organize our sites, as well as seeking additional storage options where necessary.
Mexico: All facilities remain open and fully operational, having adapted to a 'new normal' p. Special safety measures, including the use of face masks, are no longer required, having been phased out following our successful navigation of the public health challenge. We continue to work closely with plant production and vehicle distribution areas across every facility nationwide to ensure resources are effectively adjusted. Thanks to a drastic reduction in plant shutdowns in 2023, and through efficient management, we currently face a volume production outlook that even surpasses pre-pandemic times.
Canada: We're experiencing record-breaking spring volumes at our Richmond and Annacis ports, exceeding 2023 forecasts. Infrastructure improvements are underway, and while this temporarily reduces capacity, we're managing increased volumes through added staff and partnerships with shipping agents and railroads. There may be constraints on vessel discharges due to this surge.
Operations: Our equipment processing centers in the U.S. and Panama are open and operational, though with reduced staff in some locations to reflect demand.
Capacity: We continue to see strong volumes at both our on-port and off-port EPC sites and encourage our customers to both look at their upcoming forecasts and any planned changes to assist planning for our operations teams.
Keen Transport’s trucks are operational and deliver units to and from ports, plants and dealerships. The regional maintenance facilities are open to keep the fleet on the road, as well as our permitting team to secure necessary approvals.