ILWU Canada strike is over but disruption could last for weeks.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), have agreed to the terms proposed by the government appointed mediator, which has ended the strike. 

More than 30 ports were impacted by the industrial actions, which lasted for nearly two weeks, resulting in dozens of ships waiting to berth. The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) estimated about $500 million (CA$) of trade was disrupted daily. Currently, there are still 13 ships waiting at Vancouver and 6 at Prince Rupert. 

While the strike may have come to an end, it is expected that the fallout will last for weeks, with retailers  who ship to the Canadian West Coast told to expect delays as the backlog of vessels is unloaded.



  • China’s exports fell by the greatest amount in 3 years in June.
    • Exports fell by 12.4% year-on-year, a result more severe than analysts had predicted. This follows a drop of 7.5% year on year in May.
    • These recent figures have forced analysts to rethink their predictions on China’s growth  for the remainder of the year as policymakers contemplate stimulus measures. 
    • This fall in exports has been attributed to weak global demand and high inventory levels for retailers in Europe and North America. 


Central China to USA and Europe 

  • From SHA to Europe rates and the US rates have increased.
    • Rates have increased due to C-Check’s (circraft compliance checks) and poor weather restricting the amount of available flights. 
  • From NGB to Europe rates have increased while to the US rates have decreased.
    • Final rate is offered on a case by case basis.

North China to USA and Europe 

  • From TSN to Europe and the US, rates have remained stable this week. 
  • From PEK to Europe and the US, rates have remained stable this week. 
  • From TAO to Europe rates have remained stable this week, while rates to the US have increased slightly.

South China to USA and Europe 

  • From  CAN  to Europe and the US, rates have remained stable this week. 
    • All shipments will need to be checked with the carrier for rates on a case-by-case basis. 
  • From SZX to Europe rates have remained stable, while to the US, rates have decreased slightly.
    • All shipments will need to be checked with the carrier for rates on a case-by-case basis. 
  • From XMN to Europe and the US rates have remained stable.
    • All shipments will need to be checked with the carrier for rates on a case-by-case basis.


  • Here is an update on port congestion in the US.
    • The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach currently have 8 vessels waiting to berth, meanwhile Oakland has 7.
    • The  congestion on the West Coast is due to improve in the coming days as the backlog, partially caused by the strikes in Canada, is cleared..
    • On the East Coast, Norfolk currently has 19 vessels waiting to berth. This is due to vessel bunching and ships are being diverted to neighbouring ports. 


  • The strike by the  ILWU Canada has been called off after a government appointed mediators and the terms were tentatively accepted by the union and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA)
    • While an agreement has been reached, ports are still working through the backlog of ships with Vancouver showing 13 vessels waiting to berth and 6 currently waiting at Prince Rupert.


  • The Port of Rotterdam has welcomed the tightening of the IMO sustainability ambitions.
    • The IMO (International Maritime Organisation) recently announced they aim to achieve climate – neutrality by 2050. 
    • This supplements the IMO’s indicative checkpoint goals of reducing GHG emissions by 20% by 2030 and 70% by 2040, when compared to a 2008 baseline. 
    • The Port of Rotterdam has been striving to lead the way on minimising port operations emissions in Europe. 


  • The Port of Tilbury, a leading industrial hub for London, is seeking to have the first hydrogen operations for the country. 
    • This will be implemented with the support of an energy company RWE and Mitsui, a Japanese investment company.
    • Part of the work will involve a proof of concept for transitioning port infrastructure and equipment from fossil fuels to green energy, as well a study into a 10-megawatt green hydrogen plant.


  • The RHA (Road Haulage Association) Chairman, Moreton Cullimore, has called on the UK Government to provide more adequate parking facilities for HGV drivers.
    • Moreton commented,  “ We don’t have enough parking spaces for trucks out on the roads, end of story.”
    • This comes as the industry is currently struggling to fill driver seats, with many professionals citing  poor conditions and pay contributing to this.

European Bank Holidays

We anticipate a shortage of availability and the occurrence of delays around the bank holiday periods. Plan ahead and allow extra time for your products to be delivered.

July 21 – Belgium

July 25 – Spain*

July 28 – Spain*

Aug 5 – Croatia, Spain*

Aug 7 – Ireland (Eire)

Aug 14 – Romania*

Aug 15 – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany*, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain

Aug 20 – Estonia, Hungary

Aug 29 – Slovakia

Sep 1 – Slovakia

Sep 2 – Spain*

Sep 4 – Luxembourg*

Sep 6 – Bulgaria

Sep 8 – Malta, Spain*

Sep 11 – Spain*

Sep 15 – Slovakia, Spain*

Sep 18 – Switzerland*

Sep 20 – Germany*

Sep 21 – Malta

Sep 22 – Bulgaria

Sep 24 – Austria*

Sep 25 – Switzerland*

Sep 27 – Belgium*, North Cyprus

Sep 28 – Czech Republic

Oct 1 – Cyprus, San Marino

Oct 3 – Germany

*Not in all regions

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