Update on Port Closures and Openings in Wake of Irma

Given the importance of your cargo deadlines, we want to provide you with the latest information post-Irma. Fortunately, none of the expected port openings outlined in yesterday’s Shap Flash have lagged to date. On top of this, a number of airports will be resuming operations today. As a reminder, here is the list of East Coast ports with notes on their service status:

  • Port of Charleston is open and operating normally.
  • Port of Savannah is CLOSED.  As of now, it is expected to re-open on Wednesday, 9/13. We are not hearing of containers being offloaded elsewhere.
  • Port of Jacksonville is CLOSED.  It is possible that the terminal will re-open on Wednesday, 9/13 pending approval from the Coast Guard. We are not hearing of containers being offloaded elsewhere.
  • Port of Miami/Everglades and Tampa terminals are CLOSED.  No word yet on when terminal operations may resume. The terminals and shipping channels will need to be inspected prior to resuming operations.  We are continuing to track vessels for diversions.
  • Airport operations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando and Atlanta are coming back online today. We expect airline schedules to be quite jumbled for another couple of days, so we will be closely tracking air shipments.

Shapiro will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.