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Honduras Slowed by Flooding
October 22, 2008

Final Update 12:30 p.m. CST. The Honduran issued a state of National Emergency for the entire country on October 20 due to heavy rains. Seaboard's offices and facilities, though, are currently open as weather conditions seem to be improving over the past twenty-four hours.

The Port of Puerto Cortes is also open and the M/V Seaboard Costa Rica discharged cargoes as scheduled yesterday afternoon. After being closed earlier in the week, Honduran Customs is open today to continue the clearance of cargoes.

Many containers, though, continue to have difficulty reaching Puerto Cortes due to localized flooding. Seaboard has been able to pick-up most export bookings in the San Pedro Sula area however, we have had difficulty in releasing and dispatching southbound loads due to Honduran Customs being closed Monday and only partially staffed today. Further, road conditions throughout the country are very difficult and slow, particularly from Tegucigalpa to Nicaragua. Most businesses are open however and conditions are expected to return to normal by the end of the week.

If customers need information regarding specific road closures, they should contact COPECO, Comite Permanente de Emergencias at (504) 97720000.  We appreciate your patience and support during this unfortunate situation.