Possible strike action Finland


See below for info from Finnlines

Five ports (Oulu, Kokkola, Rauma, Naantali and Turku) have received an industrial action notice from the Finnish Seafarers' Union FSU and the Transport Workers' Union AKT. According to the notice, the aforementioned unions organize a strike concerning tower crane operators and port supervisors, their members, starting on Monday, 29 January at 6 am. The announcement did not set a limit to the duration of the strike. The unions also state that if the employer in one way or another subcontracts work under the industrial action, they are ready to take supporting measures.

Finnlines informs its customers about the possible impacts of strike with traffic infos.

Finnlines Plc,, FinnLink Traffic - Cancelled departures


Dear customer,

we regret to inform you that due to current weather conditions, we will be forced to cancel departures.

The following departures will be cancelled due to heavy winds:

TUE 16.1. Kapellskär 09:15

TUE 16.1 Naantali 10:45

At the moment we unfortunately cannot predict when it will be safe to depart. We will get back to you asap with more information.


We ask you to drive up to the harbour only when you have a confirmed space onboard, not before.

We regret any inconvenience caused by the safety measure taken.

Malfunction in our phone platform


We currently have a malfunction in our phone platform. The supplier tries to fix this as soon as possible.

Mail for booking or questions about transport.

VGM (Verified Gross Mass) Statement


As previously announced, the new SOLAS container weight regulation will be implemented by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on July 1st 2016.

To simplify handling due to the the new regulation NTEX have issued a VGM Statement. This must be signed by shipper's authourized contactperson and accompany all sea freight shipment as from July 1st. You may find the statement below.

VGM (Verified Gross Mass) Statement FCL

VGM (Verified Gross Mass) Statement LCL

Any shipping container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a shipping document verifying gross mass (VGM) of a container in order to be loaded onto a ship. 

For more information please contact our Sea freight department.
Tel: 031-727 85 80
Mail: sea@ntex.se

Best Regards


Container weight regulation


Effective July 1st 2016, a new container weight regulation will be implemented by International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Any shipping container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a shipping document signed either electronically or in hard copy by the shipper on the bill of lading listing the verified gross mass of a container in order to be loaded onto a ship.

The weighing must be done in one of two approved ways:

  • The container is stuffed and weighted on a weightbrige to get the VGM.
  • All components in the container are weighed separately, including pallets, packing and lashing materials. The container tare is added to the sum of the individual components weights to get VGM.

See below link for information from the swedish transport authorities. https://www.transportstyrelsen.se/sv/sjofart/Fartyg/containervagning/

For questions regarding your shipments please contact NTEX Sea department.

Tel: 031 – 727 85 80 / Mail: sea@ntex.se

Information: Lockout of ports at the US West Coast leads to delays


As of Thursday, February 12, the majority of the ports on the US West Coast are virtually shut down. The lockout is expected to last until Monday, February 16. This means that virtually all container handling in and out of the ports during this time is stopped.

The reason for the lockout is a conflict between the dockers' unions and their bosses that has been ongoing for the past seven months. The dispute affects all exports and inport, the goods supplied remain in the harbor and incoming ships has already waited for days to unload.

For more information, please contact our sea department: +46 (0) 31-727 85 80 or sea@ntex.se

New sulphur Directive - January 1st 2015



Dear client,

You may be aware that from January 1st 2015, the new EU Sulphur Emission Directive 2012/33/EU will become law. This directive requires all applicable vessels which enter the SECA (sulphur emission control area) to reduce the content of sulphur in fuels from the current 1.0% to 0.1%.

To meet this demand the shipping lines must operate the vessels on MGO (Marine Gas Oil) instead of the current bunker type, HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil), or invest in cleaning technologies, for example, scrubbers.  No matter what option the Shipping Lines choose, costs will increase as a result of the new directive.

Unfortunately, NTEX will have to introduce a SECA surcharge from the 1st January 2015 in the relevant markets. We will ensure this surcharge is completely transparent towards the cost increases we receive from our suppliers. More information will be provided when we have an overall picture of how this will affect the different markets.

For further information or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your local NTEX office.

Best Regards


Dan Ericsson


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Latvian road tax


On July 1st 2014 a road tax on main state roads was introduced in Latvia. The tax will be charged trucks (goods vehicles) and their combinations having the gross vehicle weight exceeding 3500 kilograms and which are intended or are used for the carriage of goods by road.  The purpose of the new tax is to facilitate and fund the maintenance and development of Latvia's main state roads and to encourage use of more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Read more on https://www.lvvignette.eu.

Regrettably, it will be necessary for us to charge as per outlay. The following fees will apply on all transports to and from Latvia:

0.10 Eur / 100 kg (maximum Eur 15).

For further information please contact your local NTEX office.

Changes in ferry connections Stockholm - Riga


Tallink Silja Line has decided to charter out Silja Europa, this entails changes of vessels on Tallink's current lines.

On route between Stockholm and Riga Tallink will have reduced capacity in form of bi-daily service and limited number of trailerslots. This will have a major impact on our daily traffic between Sweden and Latvia. We are doing our outmost to find alternative routes and to minimize the impact on lead times and prices.

For further questions please contact our Gislaved office.

Tel: +46 (0)371 58 87 70

Mail: booking.gislaved@ntex.se

See below information from Tallink:

Cargo information

New schedule


Sailing schedule IMM/GOT


UK Traffic - Changes in sailing schedule due to Easter holidays

Immingham - Gothenburg

  • Departure Thursday 17th - cancelled
  • Departure Saturday 19th – will discharge Gothenburg 10am Monday 21st

Gothenburg – Immingham

  • Departure Friday 18th - cancelled
  • Departure Monday 21st - cancelled

For further information please contact our customer service.

Export:            Phone: 031-727 85 60               export.uk@ntex.se

Import:            Phone: 031-727 85 70               import@ntex.se