Brazilian customs workers are in the midst of a two-day strike, causing a backlog of uncleared containers at the ports, according to the Journal of Commerce (JOC). Sindifisco, the trade union representing customs employees, has ordered its workers to avoid signing off on cargo for two working days. Exceptions have been made for dangerous cargo, […]

New MAPA Regulation Explained Effective February 1st, 2016, the Brazil Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA) has imposed a new regulation that will require all cargo to and from Brazil to disclose information about wooden packaging material on the ocean bill of lading. This regulation was created to help reduce the risk of pest introduction and spreading into the […]

“The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced a series of measures to expedite traffic, decrease canal waters time (CWT) and reduce the current backlog of vessels as the Panama Canal continues to experience “unseasonably high demand.” Non-critical maintenance work at the locks has been postponed, the booking system modified, draft restrictions have been cancelled, and […]

“A strike by independent truckers waned in Brazil on Wednesday after the government increased fines for blocking roads, with federally operated highways blocked in only four points, down from some 20 on Tuesday, federal highway police said. The protests calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff were in five Brazilian states, down from 11 […]