Thousands of containers stuck at ports & can't reach factories, running up fees at customs, port. Bank credit running out.
Photo above of a cargo container stuck in the floodwaters at Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate in Pathumthani.
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Relief sought for stranded cargo, Inundated factories unable to take delivery by Nareerat Wiriyapong
Exporters and importers want the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT), the Customs Department and banks to ease regulations and waive fees collected on containers stranded in port by the months-long flooding.
Thongyu Khongkhan, a vice-president of the Thai Logistics Services Provider Federation, said thousands of containers are stranded in Klong Toey and Laem Chabang ports because the factories that ordered the cargo are now inundated.
The cargo comprises raw materials, equipment, machinery, parts and components for industrial production.
"We're asking the PAT to cut rental fees for containers that cannot be moved out of the ports for the time being," said Mr Thongyu.
These containers are being kept there due to the manufacturing disruption in the inundated industrial estates, while Greater Bangkok has also been hit by the flooding.
As well, the federation has asked the Customs Department not to place imported cargo on the F list - used for overtime cargo - if importers fail to declare the items within 60 days, said Mr Thongyu.
He said the proposal, which was made through the Thai National Shippers' Council (TNSC), also asks the department to provide services around the clock to clear the backlog once the situation returns to normal.
Klong Toey Port in Bangkok and Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chon Buri province are now both operating as normal after the former suspended services for five days last week due to the high level of the Chao Phraya River.
The two ports together can accommodate 5.5 million 20-foot equivalent units.
Mr Thongyu, who is also an adviser to the Land Transport Federation of Thailand, said banks are also being called upon to extend the period for packing credit and amend the terms of letters of credit (LCs) for those exporters whose production has been affected by the floods.
"Some exporters may not be able to ship their products on time and need their banks to amend the terms for LCs and packing credit and waive the fees," he said.
Mr Thongyu also noted that shipping lines have declined to operate from the Lat Krabang inland container depot, which is at risk of flooding.
As a result, exporters have had to move their goods from Lat Krabang to a port at their own expense.
TNSC chairman Paiboon Ponsuwanna said his organisation is willing to help coordinate with relevant agencies regarding importers' concerns.
"But we must be realistic. If each company kept their containers in port, then all the space would be full, leaving little or no room for other activities, especially exports," he said.
The TNSC, which comprises nearly 3,000 exporters, has reported a 10% year-on-year decline in exports since early last month.
Fourth-quarter exports of the seven submerged industrial estates are expected to fall by 30% year-on-year, Mr Paiboon added.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Relief sought for stranded cargo, Inundated factories unable to take delivery, 10/11/2011, Nareerat Wiriyapong, link)
Stranded Cargo Vocabulary
stranded - unable to leave a place (due to floods, bad weather or hoards of protesters, for example) ถูกปล่อยเกาะ ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
stuck - can't leave a place
cargo - goods carried in a truck, plane, or train สินคา้ที่บรรจุในตู้สินค้า ขนส่งทางรถหรือรถไฟ (ในภาษาไทย บางครั้งเรียก ตู้คอนเทนเนอร์)
port - an area of water where ships stop, including the buildings around it ท่าเรือ
stranded cargo - goods being transported from one place to another place that are unable to leave the place and move on to their destination
cargo stuck at ports - cargo can't leave the port
containers - standard sized boxes that are used to transport goods and that can be loaded onto ships, trains, planes, and trucks (See Wikipedia) ตู้บรรทุกสินค้า
containers - a system of transporting goods by ship and truck using large containers (See Wikipedia)
stranded in port - stuck at the port, at the place where ships stop and unload goods (and can't move on)
containers stranded in port by the months-long flooding
thousands of containers are stranded in Klong Toey and Laem Chabang ports because the factories that ordered the cargo are now inundated.
relief - help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา help; assistance การช่วยให้พ้นภัย
relief sought for stranded cargo
inundated - flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
inundated factories - flooded factories
take delivery - receive goods being sent to you
inundated factories unable to take delivery - factories that cannot receive goods (because they are surrounded by water)
ease - to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc ทำให้ง่าย บรรเทา
regulations - official government rules that control the way that things are done ระเบียบปฏิบัติ ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ กฎระเบียบ
ease regulations - make regulations less difficult and strict
waive - give permission not follow rules and regulations
fees - money that you pay to be allowed to do something ค่าธรรมเนียม
waive fees - say that you don't have to pay a fee
ease regulations and waive fees collected on containers stranded in port by the months-long flooding
X comprises Y - X includes Y, Z, ....
raw materials - materials in their natural state before being processed or used in manufacturing
components - parts
the cargo comprises raw materials, equipment, machinery, parts and components for industrial production
cannot ... for the time being - cannot do right now (have to wait, can do in the future)
cannot be moved out of the ports for the time being
disruption - prevent from operating normally; a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem การขัดขวาง, การหยุดชะงัก
manufacturing disruption - something causing a factory to stop producing goods for a period of time
Greater Bangkok - the city of Bangkok plus the area around Bangkok (Bangkok's suburbs and satellite cities, such as Nothaburi, Pathumthani and Samut Sakhon)
Greater Bangkok has also been hit by the flooding.
overtime cargo - goods that are being shipped (cargo) that have stayed at a place (warehouse) for too long (so must pay a fine)
proposal - a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
backlog - a large amount of things that you should have done before and must do now
clear the backlog - complete all the work that is waiting to be completed (after delays)
provide - to give someone something that they want or need
services around the clock - provide services 24 hours each day
asks the department to provide services around the clock to clear the backlog once the situation returns to normal.
Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chon Buri
suspended - stopped for a period of time (temporarily)
suspended services for five days last week
accommodate - do things to meet or satisfy the needs of another; to prepare what is needed for something ปรับตัว
equivalent - the same as เท่าเทียมกันกับ
extend - to add more time, make a period of time longer ยืดออกไป ขยายออกไป
credit - เครดิต เงินกู้
packing credit -
extend the period for packing credit
amend - to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it การแก้ไขกฎหมาย
terms - conditions; requirements; details and conditions in an agreement, contract, or arrangement ข้อกำหนด
letter of credit (LC) - a way to finance goods traded between countries, a letter that a bank prepares for a customer in which it agrees to pay somebody an amount of money under particular circumstances, used especially as a way of paying for imported goods (See Wikipedia)
terms of the letter of credit - the details in the LC agreement or contract
amend the terms of letters of credit (LCs)
banks are also being called upon to extend the period for packing credit and amend the terms of letters of credit (LCs)
ship - the transport and sending of goods on ships, airplanes, etc จัดส่งสินค้า, ส่งไปไกล
shipping lines - companies that have large ships used to send goods long distances over the sea (usually exports to other countries)
on time - not late, without delay, doing task within time given ตรงเวลา, ตรงตามกำหนดเวลา
exporters may not be able to ship their products on time
declined to operate - said they would not do some activity or task (here: because of the floods)
depot - a building where supplies or vehicles are kept คลัง
container depot - a building where containers are kept
inland container depot - a place located "inland" (not next to the sea) to store containers
risk - danger, how likely or possible it is for a bad event that causes harm and damage ความเสี่ยง
at risk of flooding
shipping lines have declined to operate from the Lat Krabang inland container depot, which is at risk of flooding.
coordinate - work together to achieve a goal; organizing activities so that people can work together efficiently (See glossary)
relevant - directly connected and important to what is being discussed or considered ที่เกี่ยวข้อง ที่เกี่ยวข้องโดยตรง
concerns - worries ความกังวล (things or issues that people worry about and think a lot about)
coordinate with relevant agencies regarding importers' concerns
but we must be realistic - meaning: don't expect much, the situation is very difficult
year-on-year - a period this year compared to the same period last year (one month or quarter)
a 10% year-on-year decline in exports since early last month.
fourth-quarter - the last three months of the year
submerged - under water จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
submerged industrial estates
expected - believe will happen คาดว่า (จะเกิดขึ้น)
expected to fall by 30% year-on-year,