Dear Valued Customer,
We have been notified that on Friday 19 October 2012, the Panama Legislature approved a law that allows privatization of lands in the Colon Free Zone area. Since that announcement, protests against the Government have escalated to civil disturbance, riots and looting during the weekend. Although the Marine Operations at the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) is normal, the access road to the terminal is blocked. The Rail and gate operations were suspended as of 4:00am 23 October 2012 until further notice. This will cause cargo flow interruptions.
Customized Brokers is contacting carriers to find out what measures they will take.
APL has advised that their team is working with Phoenix Operations/Cargo Control to produce a list of impacted containers as well as review routing options. Once the list is complete, the customers will be notified.
We will continue to update you as further developments becomes available.
If you have any questions please contact us at 305-471-8989.
Thank you for your continued support,