Thursday, July 22, 2010
Port of Montreal Lockout and Impact on ISF
Commercial operations at the Port of Montreal came to a halt Monday morning after the Maritime Employers Association locked out 850 longshoremen due to an ongoing labor dispute involving income security. There will be no commercial activity at the port until further notice. The parties have agreed to continue negotiations. Contingency plans to divert cargo have been put together by most carriers. Halifax appears to be the preferred option and New York favored for U.S. containers. Major delays are expected.
After conversing with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) recommends that ISF’s be filed when the importer or their agent becomes aware that cargo will arrive at a U.S. port via vessel or barge. Carriers will be required to file a manifest amendment or diversion report with CBP. CBP has indicated they are aware of and monitoring the situation, and have been in contact with carriers that normally call in Montreal. CBP indicates they will take timing issues into consideration. The NCBFAA continues to work closely with CBP and carriers to ensure a smooth implementation of ISF requirements.