According to our latest information: the port workers of Antwerp port will start the strike at 6 a.m. local time on November 9, and end at 6 a.m. the next day.
According to Inchcape Shipping Services, Belgian unions are currently on strike, with the Socialist union calling for a general strike, while Christian and liberal unions will organize protests including strikes, staff meetings and demonstrations.
As a result, much of Belgian public life will be shut down and restricted. The union called the strike because of rising energy prices, according to local media reports.
In the face of a strike at the port of Antwerp, shipping giant Maersk has issued an emergency notice:
The terminal will be closed to operations for the duration of the strike and will not be able to make inland deliveries or pickups until the strike action is over.
Maersk also said there was a possibility of strikes by pilots, tugs and other port personnel, and that delays and operational difficulties were expected at the port of Antwerp.
Maersk said it was monitoring the situation closely and while the strike action was expected to pose operational challenges, it was actively developing contingency plans to minimise delays in the supply chain.
During this period, Maersk will continue to focus on maintaining the flow of imports and exports and minimising the impact on customers. To reduce delays, Maersk is reminding customers to pick up imported goods as soon as possible.
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Post time: Nov-11-2022