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08/30/13 – 7.0 earthquake strikes just south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck in the Pacific Ocean just south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There is no tsunami danger, the USGS said.

The quake, at a depth of 21.4 miles, was centered about 57 miles east-southeast of Adak, a city on one of the Aleutian Islands.

For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.

08/26/13 – San Francisco Bay Bridge Closure Labor Day Weekend

The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and East Bay cities will be closed during Labor Day as the bridge gets ready to take the original East Span out of service and to open the new East span to traffic. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug 28 until 5 a.m. Sept 3. About 300,000 drivers daily cross the bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and other cities.

Some delays are to be expected during this period but Quick is well aware of the situation and is taking all steps necessary to ensure your packages will be delivered safely, securely and on time.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.

08/26/13 – Tropical Storm Fernand Advisory

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A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for...
  • Gulf Coast of Mexico from Veracruz northward to Barra De Nautla





As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. Please check back with us for current information regarding Tropical Storm Fernand, as we will be updating our service alerts as more information becomes available.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.

05/22/13 – Tornadoes in Oklahoma


Our hearts are with all those affected by the devastation in Oklahoma. We encourange our customers and friends that want to be part of the recovery efforts to donate a monetary contribution or give blood to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Quick is committed to make every effort to deliver wherever it is possible in the area. Please contact our Customer Service Centers if you have any questions regarding a shipment.






02/08/13 – Winter Storm in the US Causing Major Flight Delays And Cancellations


Snowfall has caused major flight delays and cancellations, from New York to Maine, with the winter storm that some forecasters are saying could be the biggest blizzard in years for some cities.

As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. Our team is closely monitoring this storm and has prepared contingency plans for emergency shipments.  For the latest updates on affected delivery areas, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for storm updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.

01/21/13 – Winter Weather Continues Across Europe Causing Flight Delays and Cancellations


Heavy snowfall has caused major travel delays across western Europe, with the winter cold snap leading to flight cancellations in France, Germany and the Netherlands. See the interactive map below for current status.

As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. For the latest updates on affected delivery areas, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for storm updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.


Airline Delays - Europe

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01/18/13 – Snowfalls across western Europe cause flight delays and cancellations


Snowfalls across western Europe have disrupted travel plans, with cancellations and closures at some major airports.

Munich Airport cancelled 70 flights. At Vienna airport, more than 200 flights were cancelled on Thursday. Switzerland's Basel airport reopened Friday - after 60 cancellations the previous day. London's Heathrow Airport cancelled about 60 flights on Friday. Closures were in place in Wales and England.

As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. For the latest updates on affected delivery areas, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for storm updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have.


Airline Delays - Europe

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11/07/12 – Nor'easter storm approaches Hurricane Sandy-battered East Coast


With the Nor'easter Storm approaching, the Mid-Atlantic states are expected to feature high winds, rain and snow, causing significant flight interruptions. Quick Control Centers are in storm mode and specific flights are being checked for status prior to pick-ups.

Drivers and airlines are still experiencing challenges due to gas shortage following Hurricane Sandy. Also, road closures and reroutes in the NY and NJ area are possible.

As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. For the latest updates on affected delivery areas, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for storm updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have. 



Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.





Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.


10/26/12 – Hurricane Sandy Advisory: Update


10/31/2012

Storm Sandy--Service Update for the NY Metropolitan Area 


The Quick Team is providing alternative priority transportation solutions, so that our customers can receive continuous service, due to the effects of Storm Sandy. We are coordinating with the airlines and our ground partners to provide the most reliable and safest delivery options, and are are utilizing alternative airports not affected by the storm, as well as ground services or charter flights.  

Newark, JFK and Teterboro Airports are now open, with limited flights and capacity. We expect a steady increase of flight availability Thursday and Friday. La Guardia remains closed, with a possibility of opening Thursday, most likely Friday. 

Most flights outside of New York are operating, however, some with cancellations. Airlines expect to be close to 100% of scheduled flights by Thursday/Friday.  

As always, we will do everything possible to ensure your shipments are delivered safely, securely and on time. For the latest updates on affected delivery areas, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for storm updates or call one of our Customer Service Centers, 24/7, with any questions you may have. 



Airport Delays in North America

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08/24/12 – Storm Isaac Update

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A hurricane watch has been issued from Intracoastal City to Morgan City Louisiana.

A tropical storm watch has been issued from east of Sabine pass to West of Intracoastal City Louisiana.

The hurricane watches for the Florida Panhandle from east of Destin to Indian Pass has been discontinued

The tropical storm warning has been discontinued along the east coast of Florida north of Ocean Reef and for Lake Okeechobee.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect...

A hurricane warning is in effect for...
East of Morgan City Louisiana to Destin Florida, including Metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A hurricane watch is in effect for...
Intracoastal City to Morgan City Louisiana.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for...
The Florida peninsula from Ocean Reef southward on the east coast and from Tarpon Springs southward on the west coast.
Florida keys...including the Dry Tortugas and Florida bay.
East of Destin Florida to the Suwannee River.
Intracoastal city to Morgan City Louisiana.

The storm is affecting the following airports:

VPS, PNS, GPT, MOB, MSY, TLH, MTH, EYW, RSW,TPA, MIA, PFN


For more information regarding airport delays please check our Airport Delay maps for current information. 

08/23/12 – Tropical Storm Isaac Advisory

Tropical-Storm-Isaac-5-am-Wednesday-jpg-2.jpegSummary of watches and warnings in effect:

A Hurricane warning is in effect for...
  • South Coast of Dominican Republic from Isla Saona Westward to the Haiti-Dominican Republic Southern border
  • Haiti 
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for...
  • Dominica
  • St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and Anguilla
  • Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Please check back with us for current information regarding Tropical Storm Issac, as we will be updating our service alerts as more information becomes available.

08/23/12 – Tropical Storm Isaac Advisory

Tropical-Storm-Isaac-5-am-Wednesday-jpg-2.jpegSummary of watches and warnings in effect:

A Hurricane warning is in effect for...
  • South Coast of Dominican Republic from Isla Saona Westward to the Haiti-Dominican Republic Southern border
  • Haiti 
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for...
  • Dominica
  • St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and Anguilla
  • Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Please check back with us for current information regarding Tropical Storm Issac, as we will be updating our service alerts as more information becomes available.

08/02/12 – Update: Olympic Activities in London 8/2

Areas that are likely to be affected by today’s events are

  • West End around Birdcage Walk and the mall ( w1-sw1) and Regents Park area w2

  • East End Olympic Park area (e15)  and surrounding areas (e1-e2-e3-e14-e15) and e16 lca.
  • Nothwest (nw1 nw8) around Lords Cricket Ground

  • Outside of London , rowing events at Eton Dorney(sl4) will affect surrounding area of Windsor (sl4) and to the southwest sailing events at Portland /Bournemouth/Poole (bh)

 Please contact our Customer Service Centers if you have any questions regarding a shipment.

08/02/12 – Update: Olympic Activities in London 8/2

Areas that are likely to be affected by today’s events are

  • West End around Birdcage Walk and the mall ( w1-sw1) and Regents Park area w2

  • East End Olympic Park area (e15)  and surrounding areas (e1-e2-e3-e14-e15) and e16 lca.
  • Nothwest (nw1 nw8) around Lords Cricket Ground

  • Outside of London , rowing events at Eton Dorney(sl4) will affect surrounding area of Windsor (sl4) and to the southwest sailing events at Portland /Bournemouth/Poole (bh)

 Please contact our Customer Service Centers if you have any questions regarding a shipment.

08/01/12 – Update: Olympic Activities in London 8/1

Areas that are likely to be affected by today’s events are

  • South West London will be affected in the following areas due to cycling event. Hampton court heading south through Chessington (KT1, KT2, KT5, KT6, KT7, KT8, KT9, KT12). We are expecting this area of Surrey to be very heavily congested.

  • City of London (wc1 wc2 ec1 ec2 ec3 ec4 ) and West End around the mall and Birdcage Walk.

  • Northwest London around Lords Cricket Ground.

  • East End (e1 e2 e3 e14 e15 e16).

  • Outside of London the area around Bournemouth/ Poole and Portland may be busy due to sailing events.
Please contact our Customer Service Centers if you have any questions regarding a shipment.

07/31/12 – Update: Olympic Activities in London 7/31

Our drivers have reported that traffic in the city areas of EC1, 2, 3 and 4 was light and had very few delivery problems. In addition, it seems most main routes into central London are running smoothly. Trafficmaster, a leading provider of real time traffic information in the UK, has stated that many people are heeding government advice and are staying away from central London.

Areas affected by todays competitions are likely to be ...

  • City of London around Bank Street and London Bridge. 
    East End/Docklands/Canary Wharf  
  • The West End will continue to be slow because of road closures around Birdcage Walk and the mall
  • Outside of London areas affected will be Windsor, Eton and Weymouth areas including Poole/Bournemouth for sailing events.


Please contact our Customer Service Centers if you have any questions regarding a shipment.

07/31/12 – Northern India hit by massive power outages

The first power grid collapse happened at 02:30 local time (2100 GMT) on Monday after India's Northern grid network collapsed, it was the largest power outage in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people.

India suffered its second, and even larger crippling power failure Tuesday, depriving as much as half of the vast and populous country, or up to 600 million people, of electricity and disrupting transport networks. At least 300 trains have been held up in the affected regions, said Anil Kumar Saxena, a spokesman for Indian Railways. The outage darkened traffic lights, shuttered the Delhi Metro and left nearly everyone — the police, water utilities, private businesses and citizens — without electricity

The power companies said they were working to restore service. It was not immediately clear whether the blackouts were partial or total in the different regions. Please check back with us for current information as we will be updating our service alerts as more information becomes available.

Please refer to Quick's Airport Delay Maps for current information as the recent events may affect your shipments, or contact our Customer Service Centers.

07/10/12 – Possible Strike after El Al Pilots Ground Two Flights

images.jpgEl Al Israeli airlines pilots grounded two flights to and from Russia on Monday night as a strike looms during the peak summer tourist season. About 276 passengers were stranded because the pilots refused to show up for the flights to and from St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv.

The Tel Aviv Labor Court issued a "temporary injunction in the presence of both parties ordering the Histadrut and El Al's union to use their authority and order the pilots to resume regular work per the norm at the airline in previous times of pressure." However, the grounding of two flights might just be the beginning to a general strike of all El Al flights this summer, the most profitable period for the airline.

This problem began because the pilots want management to stop intervening in decisions on planes that they say should be exclusively made by pilots. They are also demanding to participate in the scheduling of work during the busy summer months and are concerned with the cutting of staff pay.

Please refer to Quick's Airport Delay Maps for current information as the recent events may affect your shipments, or contact our Customer Service Centers.


06/21/12 – Transit Strike in Italy June 22


National Civil Aviation Authority of Italy (ENAC)
informed of a 24 hour strike of general air transport services in Italy on June 22, 2012. All the scheduled flights will be subject to delay and/ or cancellations. Air traffic controls will not be participating in the strike. However, airport workers, baggage handlers, and ramp workers will be on strike. Most of the Italy airports will be affected except for Naples, Emilia Romagna, and Bologna Marconi Airport. Italian train companies Trenord and Trenitalia will also participate in the strike as well as buses and trams.

Please be advised that shipment deliveries can be delayed on June 22nd and 23rd due to backlogs.

Please refer to Quick's Airport Delay Maps  for current information as it may affect your shipments, or contact our Customer Service Centers.

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05/18/12 – Roadcheck 2012



Roadcheck-220.jpg From June 5-7 about 10,000 federal, state, provincial and local truck and bus inspectors will begin the annual “Roadcheck” on commercial vehicles at more than 1,500 locations across North America.

During the 72-hour event, inspectors will conduct comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections, focusing on vehicle brake systems and preventing driver fatigue by conducting hours-of-service compliance checks.

Roadcheck is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.


For more information, please visit: 

http://cvsa.org/program/programs/international-roadcheck/

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=29355



05/10/12 – Volcano in Mexico forces closure of Puebla airport

An ash cloud from a Mexican volcano forced the suspension of flights today to and from the international airport of Puebla, a major city southeast of Mexico City.

Local authorities had ordered the airport to close and would review the situation again around midday.



05/09/12 – Chicago G8 Summit


The Chicago G8 Summit will be taking place from May 19th through 6 pm Monday, May 21st. Chicago Transit Authority has created a list of planned reroutes and service disruptions expected during the Summit weekend.

Below are potential road closures and traffic alerts:

  • Lake Shore Drive (LSD) from 39th street to Balbo will be closed
  • Access to 1-55 southbound and access to LSD via 1-55 northbound will be closed
  • I-55 northbound from  I-90/94 to LSD will be closed
  • Columbus Drive from Balbo to McFetridge will be closed
  • Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue to LSD will be closed
  • Indiana Avenue from 21st street to 25th Street will be closed
  • 31st Street from Martin Luther King Drive to LSD will be closed
  • Martin Luther King Drive from Cermak to 26th street will be closed
  • Cermak from Michigan Avenue to Martin Luther King Drive will be closed
  • Ontario street from Orleans to Fairbanks will be intermittently closed
  • Ohio street from Orleans to Fairbanks will be intermittently closed
  • Clark street from Oak Street to Ontario will experience lane reductions
  • Dearborn street from Kinzie to Ontario Street will experience lane reductions


For more information please visit  http://www.chicagonato.org/traffic-alerts-pages-266.php.


05/01/12 – May 1st Celebration

Possible delays, difficulties with customs clearance and closed businesses may occure in many countries celebrating May Day around the world. Please contact Quick's customer service form more information

04/16/12 – 2012 Japan 'Golden Week' holiday

April 28th begins the "Golden Week" in Japan, Which will continue through May 6th. Please note that during these dates, most businesses, banks and customs offices are closed. Holiday clearance is possible with advance notice. Travel activity is anticipated to peak on May 3rd, with many residents leaving the large urban centers and returning on May 5th through May 6th.

Japan Golden Week 2012 Holidays:


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This period is called "Golden Week" since there are many national holidays celebrated nationwide in Japan. Many Japanese offices close for about a week to 10 days, depending on the calendar. Many residents take a vacation and travel around the country or abroad, so airports and train stations will be very crowded, possibly causing transportation and delivery delays. 

04/11/12 – Huge Earthquake Strikes off Indonesia

An 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents around the region dashing out of their homes and offices in fear.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami watch was in effect for the entire Indian Ocean and individual countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, issued tsunami warnings.

The quake struck 308 miles (500 km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km), the U.S. Geological survey said. Indonesia's disaster management agency said power was down in Aceh province and people were gathering on high ground as sirens warned of the danger.

Hundreds of office workers in the Indian city of Bangalore left their buildings while the Indian port of Chennai closed down because of the danger of a tsunami, the port said.


A second Tsunami Warning was just issued after a 8.3 magnitude aftershock a short time ago.

Please check back with us for current information as it becomes available.
You can also follow us on Twitter for more information about the Quake. 

03/28/12 – General strike in Spain on Thursday 3/29/12

Due to a nationwide general strike in Spain on March 29th 2012, local authorities asked all airlines to reduce their flight program into and out of Spain.  Therefore cancellations and delays will occur that day.

A number of airlines, including Easyjet and Ryanair, are announcing flight cancellations. 

British Airways however are stating that flights are operating normally at present but advise passengers to check their flights status before leaving for the airport. Any flights operating tomorrow may be subject to delays.

The list of flights affected can be checked here:
Iberia Cancelled Flights
Iberia Regional Air Nostrum Cancellations
Iberia Express

Passengers also have to expect difficulties travelling to and leaving Spanish airports, as public transportation will be affected by the strike, too.

Please refer to Quick's Airport Delay Maps  and Flight Tracker for current information as it may affect your shipments.

03/26/12 – Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake - Maule, Chile

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM at epicenter 


A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile, prompting an short-lived evacuation order for coastal areas and causing scenes of panic in a region devastated by a massive quake two years ago.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage, officials in Chile said on Monday, a day after the tremor struck.

The Chilean navy's hydrographic and oceanographic service and the national emergency office called off a tsunami warning for most of the central coast after an analysis showed the quake wasn't the type to provoke killer waves.

Please continue to check back with us for further information

02/06/12 – Air France flights impacted by strike

Air France reported that there had been some flight cancellations Monday due to the strike by air transport labor unions. 

To further minimize the impact on services, Air France has decided to proactively cancel flights for Tuesday February 7 and Wednesday February 8. The cancelled flights are listed below.

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01/30/12 – Thick Fog Diverts Dozes of Flights and Creates Traffic Gridlock

Thick fog engulfed many parts of the UAE this morning, grounding flights and bringing traffic to a standstill.

According to the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s website, more than 30 flights were delayed as the fog blanketed the capital. Several flights were cancelled and at least another 30 flights due to land today were diverted to other airports.

Dubai and Sharjah airports have not experienced any weather-related delays.

Shaheen Air, which confirmed the flight disruptions, said two of its early morning departures to Pakistan were delayed and were expected to leave from Abu Dhabi this afternoon. An official from the airline said its incoming flights had been diverted to Al Ain.

Meanwhile, the thick fog created traffic gridlock in several areas of the UAE, including in Jebel Ali, on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway and around the south-west part of the capital.

The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology urged motorists to drive carefully in the foggy conditions, which lasted until around 10am. "Visibility would be poor due to fog. Motorists are advised to be careful," said a weather forecaster.

The foggy conditions are likely to continue late tonight and tomorrow as the temperature continues to fall. Seas will remain rough and will become moderate by the afternoon.

For current information please check our airport delay maps or visit us on twitter.
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01/25/12 – Flights Being Rerouted Due to a Rare Solar Storm

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A rare solar flare erupted late Sunday night resulting in a solar radiation storm today, according to NASA. It's the strongest such storm since September 2005, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. Several airlines have begun taking action to mitigate the affect of this storm.

Delta Airlines Inc. said Tuesday that it was rerouting some transpolar flights between Asia and the U.S. to avoid the impact of the largest solar storm in almost a decade. The Atlanta-based carrier said some flights to Detroit from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul took a more southerly routing on overnight flights, though a spokesman said planes flew faster to keep schedules intact. Tuesday departures from the U.S. were expected to follow similar routes.

United Continental Holding Inc., which operates a number of transpolar flights from Chicago and Newark airports, said there had been no operational impact from the storm on Asian flights. However, a flight from Washington, D.C., to Dubai was rerouted to a more southerly course.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., another regular on the routes, was not immediately available for comment.

Airlines occasionally reroute transpolar flights as a precautionary measure during big solar storms, with radiation levels heightened near the poles because of the relatively thin ozone layer. The region is also more prone to the disturbance of navigation and communication systems because of the convergence of magnetic field lines at the poles.

The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado.

The radiation is mostly a concern for satellite disruptions and astronauts in space. It can cause communication problems for polar-traveling airplanes, said space weather center physicist Doug Biesecker.

Please continue to check with us here and on Twitter for current information.
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01/16/12 – Chinese New Year Customs Schedule


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Chinese New Year celebration will affect the customs hours of operation.
See details by country below:

CHINA

Shanghai - Official holiday begins on 22nd Jan until the 28th Jan. Customs will be closed from 22nd Jan until 28th Jan. There will be no customs clearance during this period. Customs re-open on 29th Jan. Last collection/delivery: 20th Jan / 21st Jan First collection/delivery: 29th Jan / 29th Jan

Guangdong Area - Official holiday begins on 22nd Jan until the 28th Jan. Customs will be closed from 22nd Jan until 28th Jan. There will be no customs clearance during this period. Customs re-open on 29th Jan. Last collection/delivery: 20th Jan / 21st Jan First collection/delivery: 29th Jan / 29th Jan

Beijing- Official holiday begins on 22nd Jan until the 28th Jan. Customs will be closed from 21st Jan until 28th Jan. There will be no customs clearance during this period. Customs re-open on 29th Jan. Last collection/delivery: 19th Jan / 21st Jan First collection/delivery: 29th Jan / 29th Jan

Rest of China- Official holiday begins on 22nd Jan until the 28th Jan. Customs will be closed from 22nd Jan until 28th Jan. There will be no customs clearance during this period. Customs re-open on 29th Jan. Last collection/delivery: 19th Jan / 21st Jan First collection/delivery: 29th Jan / 29th Jan

HONG KONG
Official holiday begins 23rd Jan until the 25th Jan. Customs will be open for clearances but on-forwarding to China, Taiwan Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam will be affected due to flight cancellations.

SINGAPORE
Official holiday begins 23rd Jan until the 24th Jan. Singapore Customs is open throughout the Public holiday period.

MALAYSIA
Official holiday is 23rd and 24th of Jan. Customs in KUL/PEN will be open working with skeleton staff.

VIETNAM
Official holiday begins 21st January until the 30th Jan. Customs will be closed during this time and resume on 30th Jan.

TAIWAN
Official holiday from 21st of Jan to 29th of Jan with offices, shops, schools closed for celebrating Chinese New Year. There will be NO CUSTOMS IMPORT CLEARANCE DURING THESE DATES.

12/27/11 – Canada braces for first big storm of the season


A potentially large amount of snow is headed for eastern Ontario and Quebec.

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A series of snowfall warnings have been issued stretching from Ottawa to Montreal and continuing across most of southeastern Quebec.

Canada’s weather office is predicting anywhere from 10 to 40 centimeters, depending on the region.

Porter Airlines and Air Canada both warned that the storm may cause delays or cancellations of some flights.

Check out Airport Delays for more details.


10/26/11 – Time to Change Your Clocks


Please note that the clocks change in the EU on Sunday, October 30th and do not change in the US until Sunday, November 6th. Please remember to check your international flight lockouts, departures and arrivals during this time period.


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10/25/11 – Hurricane Rina

Hurricane Rina is now a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

  • Will slowly turn to the north and eventually east during the next several days, possibly making landfall along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula sometime Thursday

  •  Expected to strengthen some more, and could be a major hurricane as it approaches Yucatan, but might begin weakening before landfall or closest approach to Yucatan

  • Four aircraft recon missions per day, alternating between Air Force and NOAA hurricane hunter planes, are planned for the next few days, as long as the system is over water

  • Most models forecast Rina to significantly weaken while moving eastward toward Cuba or southern Florida later this week or this weekend, while some forecast it to dissipate over Yucatan; only one model currently forecasts a hurricane to reach southern Florida, and this scenario appears unlikely due to increasing wind shear later this week

  • Those in southern Florida should closely monitor Rina since the long-range forecast is very uncertain and impacts there such as tropical storm conditions are slightly possible

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10/25/11 – Australia Customs Strikes set for Thursday 10/27

Australian customs officials are not showing up to work on Thursday, October 27, in a bid to score a decent pay rise. For international travelers, getting into Australia will be difficult. Trying to leave the island nation will come with problems, too. Customs and Border Protection has advised travelers wishing to leave the country to get to the airport early. From midnight on Wednesday, October 26, customs officers will walk off the job at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth international airports for 24 hours. Officers in Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide international airports will strike for two hours, while strikes are also mooted for Cairns and Gold Coast international airports. The Customs Marine Unit will throw its weight behind the strike, and its two-hour strike on Thursday will impact cargo inspections, ports and international mail centers.


10/11/11 – Kuwait Customs Strike

Kuwaiti customs officers are on strike for the second day, today. All shipments were blocked from either leaving or entering Kuwait’s two commercial ports and two oil terminals. Customs operations were also disrupted at the country’s international airport and at its land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

For more information, please contact our Service Desks. ​

10/10/11 – Air Canada Receives Strike Notice from CUPE to begin on Oct 13th

Air Canada has been advised by CUPE, the union representing the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants, that the new tentative agreement reached by the Company and the union’s negotiating committee on September 20, 2011 was not ratified by the union membership. Subsequently, Air Canada has been given a strike notice by CUPE confirming the union’s intention to begin a strike at 00:01 a.m. ET Thursday October 13, 2011. In the interim, Air Canada’s operations are not affected and the airline will continue to operate its normal schedule.

"We are perplexed and disappointed that two tentative agreements negotiated in good faith with and unanimously recommended by the democratically elected representatives of our flight attendants have failed to be ratified," said Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Air Canada remains hopeful that a disruption can be avoided.”

In the event of a work disruption, Air Canada will implement a partial schedule. Further details of the partial schedule would be communicated prior to implementation.

We will continue to provide additional updates as they become available

10/05/11 – Industrial Strike Action in Greece Cancels Flights

“Flights were grounded, schools shut and government offices closed in Greece’s first nationwide walkout in months.”

“Riot police fired teargas at stone-throwing youths in central Athens on Wednesday as thousands of striking Greek state sector workers marched against cuts the government says are needed to save the nation from bankruptcy”

BA has cancelled all flight's to ATH until further notice, and more flights are currently being grounded.

Please be aware that this may cause a disruption in service. Check back soon for more updates

To view all airport delays, please visit:
http://quick.aero/shipment-tracking-airport-delays/

10/03/11 – Typhoon Nalgae Approaching China

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center upgraded the rainstorm alert for Typhoon Nalgae to the orange level on Monday afternoon. Orange is the second-highest alert level in the country's four-level rainstorm alert system.

The center warned that a number of tidal stations off Hainan, Guangdong and Fujian provinces will see tides exceeding safety levels.

Waves of 2 to 5 meters high have been observed in the waters off Guangdong, Hainan, Fujian, and Zhejiang provinces according to a statement issued by the forecasting center on Monday afternoon.

Waters off east Hainan province will see waves of 3.5 to 5 meters high from Monday night to Tuesday

The East China Sea and Taiwan Strait will see waves of 3 to 5 meters high

Waters off Fujian, Guangdong and Guangxi will also see waves of 2 to 4 meters high, according to latest forecast.

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09/29/11 – HKG Typhoon Nesat Advisory

14:00 EST - Update

Typhoon Nesat, the strongest to hit China this year, forced the evacuation of 300,000 people, grounded flights and closed markets as it swept past Hong Kong, slammed into the Chinese island of Hainan and headed to Vietnam.

Hong Kong’s No. 8 storm warning was reduced to a strong wind signal at 5 p.m. local time with Nesat 450 kilometers (280 miles) away, according to the city’s observatory .

Most public transportation in Hong Kong had resumed by the evening as the city prepared for the return of thousands of workers to the financial district that was cleared by the storm.

11:00 EST  

Please be advised that Typhoon Nesat is lashing the Hong Kong and southern China coast this morning. Hong Kong has hoisted the T8 Typhoon signal and all schools, shops, government offices and businesses are closed until further notice. ​

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09/27/11 – National Golden Week Holiday in China


Please be advised that the Chinese National Golden Week Holiday will begin on October 1st and last through October 7th. This seven-day celebration will affect the custom clearance operations and may cause delays. 

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09/23/11 – ​Greek workers staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday 9/22

Greek workers staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday forcing the transport system to a standstill in protest against the government's intensified austerity drive to secure aid to save the debt-laden country from bankruptcy.

About 1,000 members of Communist group MAS marched to parliament chanting "Resist" and "Plutocracy should pay for this crisis" as part of the first big nationwide rallies since June when daily protests ended in bloody clashes with police.

Another 6,000 students, some carrying black flags and wearing teargas masks, and teachers joined them outside parliament, with union members expected to join them later. There was a big riot police deployment.

Striking taxi drivers and bus, metro and rail workers meant commuters had to use their own cars, triggering kilometers-long traffic jams and stranding tourists at hotels in Athens' ancient city center. Unions said more strikes were planned.

"The situation is dramatic, all major streets are jammed," said one traffic police official, who declined to be named. An air traffic controller stoppage delayed 100 flights by up to four hours and dozens more in an out of Greece were canceled
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09/20/11 – Typhoon Roke is nearing Japan

Typhoon Roke with winds of 185 kph (115 mph) is forecast to make landfall south of Osaka Wednesday, causing heavy rain in central Japan. About 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee and more than 1 million people were urged to evacuate Nagoya, a city in central Japan.

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09/09/11 – Tropical Storm Maria Update

The tropical storm watch for Puerto Rico (including Vieques and Culebra) has been replaced with a tropical storm warning.
The government of Barbados has replaced the tropical storm watch for Dominica with a tropical storm warning.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect:

  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
  • Guadeloupe
  • St. Martin, Saba, and St. Eustatius
  • Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, and the British virgin islands
  • Dominica
  • U.S Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, including vieques and Culebra


A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
  • St Barthelemy, St Marten, and Martinique Hazards Affecting Land

Wind: Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles by late today, then spread northwestward over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Saturday night.

Rainfall: Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over the central to northern lesser Antilles, the virgin islands, and Puerto Rico.

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