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Pension reform:

Disruptions in French ports:

we inform you that mobilizations will take place from Tuesday June 6 to Thursday June 08.

In protest against pension reform, the Fédération nationale des Ports et Docks CGT is calling for a 4-hour work stoppage on June 6, 7 and 8, 2023.


Pension reform: mobilization in French ports


April 11th, 2023,


This week, a 4-hour work stoppage is planned in the main French ports until April 14 and a 24-hour strike notice has been filed for Thursday April 13th, 2023 by the National Federation of Ports and Docks CGT.


We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by these social movements and will keep you informed of any developments in the situation. Our teams are at your disposal to identify, if possible, alternative solutions.

We invite importers and exporters to anticipate their bookings in order to secure their operations.



Update of the situation : April 3rd, 2023


The Mobilization against the pension reform continue to seriously disrupted activity in the French port areas.

The next programmed nationwide port strikes is scheduled from the 03-08 April.  Work stoppages in the main French ports (Le Havre, Marseille, Fos, Rouen) are planned:


  • A 4-hour work stoppage every morning of the week
  • A 24-hour work stoppage Thursday April 6th.


We anticipate additional actions that may further disrupt port and transport operations in the upcoming weeks.

The Qualitair&Sea team is nonetheless mobilized to identify alternative solutions when possible, and will keep you informed of future developments.

Update of the situation : March 21st, 2023


Since early March, weekly work stoppages have seriously disrupted activity in the port areas.

The National Federation of Ports and Docks (FNPD) C.G.T calls on dockers to stop work for 72 hours for Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March 2023.
We anticipate additional actions that may further disrupt port and transport operations in the upcoming weeks.  We strongly suggest contacting your Qualitair&Sea representative and review best routing options for new shipments to minimize service issues and delays, especially for LCL and FCL export cargo from France.

March 10, 2023


Countrywide transport and most notably to and from French ports has been severely impacted since early March due to repeated national strikes.

Several French unions including those representing port and dock professionals have called for repeated strikes since the beginning of March,  demonstrating against government plans to reform retirement laws in France and in particular to increase the minimum age from 62 to 64.

The next programmed nationwide port strikes are scheduled from the 14-16 March and may be reinforced in the following days or weeks by additional stoppages by the port unions or external work federations demonstrating against government reforms.

During the announced strikes, port terminals along with public and private warehouses and offices are closed or working with reduced or remote staff.

Several ocean carriers are planning to modify their port rotations or to omit upcoming French ports call to minimize service disruptions.

Service delays and additional strike-related costs (demurrage, port storage, etc) may be incurred.

European road, rail, air, and ocean operations could be also impacted by these French national strikes.

Your QUALITAIR&SEA team is mobilized to propose alternative solutions to minimize or prevent the impact of this context.

We remain at your disposal for any further information you may need. Please reach out to your dedicated QUALITAIR&SEA contact or contact our experts by e-mail or by phone.

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