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Brazil, all ports
Panama, Panama Canal
Import/export supervisors join national auditors’ strike
August 11, 2015, Brazil, all ports
Import & export supervisors are joining the Brazilian 48-hour IRS Auditors’ national strike today (11 August) and tomorrow (12 August).There will therefore be no physical conference and Customs Transit Declaration liberations issued on these two days in Brazil.


Normal activity is expected to resume on Thursday 13 August.


For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

Canal expansion works 93% complete
August 11, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
The Panama Canal Expansion continues to make steady progress, currently at 93% complete.After an initial testing phase where the lower chamber of the new locks were filled and preliminary tests of Gates 7 & 8 of the Cocoli Locks on the southern end were successfully executed.


These gates, the largest in this lock complex and located at the lowest level, are required to open and close within a span of 4-5 minutes to meet the established standards. To ensure these standards are met, the Canal employs a specialised control system with sensors to monitor and regulate the speed of each gate….


….The successful testing of these gates allows the Panama Canal to now cinduct leak tests. Upon completion of this process, the project will proceed with testing the valves that control the water flow between the chambers of the new locks.


(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay atgac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary/Advisory to Shipping No.A-23-2015 dated 7 August 2015

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