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Sea Freight: Disruptions in French Ports

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Work stoppages are scheduled in all major French ports on multiple dates.

seafreight disruprion in french port

June 12, 2024:

Actions taken in the ports are suspended starting from Thursday, June 13, 2024.

May 31, 2024

French ports are set to experience a series of significant strikes in the upcoming days and weeks.

Due to the failure of negotiations between the Ministry of Transport and the FNPD-CGT, we inform you that work stoppages lasting 4 hours, combined with 24-hour work stoppages, have been announced by the FNPD CGT in French ports.

The detailed arrangements for each port have not yet all been announced.


24-hour work stoppages in French ports:

  • Friday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 13
  • Friday, June 21
  • Tuesday, June 25



4-hour work stoppages:

The 4-hour work stoppages will take place during a time frame varying by port, between 10 am and 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 31
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Thursday, June 6
  • Monday, June 10
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Friday, June 14
  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24
  • Wednesday, June 26
  • Friday, June 28

Note: On the days when the 4-hour work stoppages occur, it will generally not be possible to assign dock workers for the entire day.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by these events, which are entirely beyond our control.

These strikes, affecting all French ports, are a response to unresolved pension reforms and labor conditions. The repeated stoppages will impact port operations, particularly the loading and unloading of containers, leading to delays in deliveries and vessel management.

We are currently facing repeated strikes in French ports, that will likely result in longer shipment handling times along with unplanned demurrage, detention, port storage and/or operational costs.

As provided for in article L5422-12 4 ° of the Transport Code and article 4-2 j of the Brussels Convention, strikes are an exemption from liability for the maritime carrier. The costs of storage and demurrages generated by the strike are therefore the responsibility of the goods. They are due and cannot be attributed to QUALITAIR&SEA.

Our teams are dedicated to finding solutions to minimise the impact of these disruptions on your operations. Please expect that unanticipated demurrage, detention and/or additional operational charges may be incurred, and wlll be invoiced at cost back to the freight owner.

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Our teams are mobilized to find solutions to minimize, as much as possible, the impact of these disruptions on your operations.

We thank you for your understanding and remain at your disposal for any further assistance.

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