Curfews Announced in Many Latin American Countries, Minimal Impact to Cargo Movement
Seaboard Marine continues to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our employees and the expedited movement of your valued cargo is our top priority.
At this time, all Seaboard Marine facilities, both in the United States and overseas, are open and functioning. Our vessel, terminal, and trucking/rail serves are operating normally to ensure the integrity of your supply chain. Even as many Latin American countries announce curfews, restrictions on border closings, or quarantines, in each case thus far, we have made the necessary adjustments to ensure the transport of cargo and supplies with manageable delays.
It is important to note that although many U.S. and foreign leaders are declaring non-essential workers remain home, Seaboard Marine and the movement of cargo are deemed essential. We are confident that we will continue. National leaders and municipal officials widely recognize the importance of international trade and supply chains. Further, government and customs officials, throughout the Seaboard network, are available for clearance of cargo. Seaboard Marine will report any change in status for vessels, terminals, trucking, rail, or facilities through our official channels of communication.
Although neighboring cargo terminals have announced partial closures, our cargo terminal at PortMiami and the Jacintoport Terminal in Houston remain open seven days per week and are functioning normally. Not only are the Seaboard Marine facilities at PortMiami and the Port of Houston (Jacintoport Terminal) operating normally, all other terminals we call within the U.S. in Brooklyn, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Savannah are as well.
We continue to follow the guidance from international, federal, and local officials, including the WHO, CDC, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection. Most of our domestic and overseas office-based employees are now either working from home or at alternate locations. However, in every country, our employees are answering calls and responding to inquiries.
Extensive restrictions are in place for ports and vessels both in the U.S. and throughout the international reach of our organization, including limitations on physical contact between vessel crews and our shore-based terminal teams. Preventative measures are in place throughout our network.
We appreciate and value your support.