Eid Al Adha Holiday Impact

Military Surface Deployment and Distribution

Customer/Carrier Advisory

September 03, 2015


Subject: Eid Al Adha Holiday Impact on CENTCOM AOR Cargo Shipments

Purpose: To inform the shipping community of the disruption of cargo movement expected to occur during Eid Al Adha Holiday.

Be Advised: Eid Al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the second of two major religious festivals celebrated by Muslims, will tentatively begin on 23 Sep 2015 and end on 25 Sep 2015. The actual dates may vary in each country depending on the region.


Pakistan (PAK GLOC): Eid Holidays will be observed in Pakistan for 3 days as declared by Government of Pakistan, depending on moon sighting. During these holidays, Customs, Borders and all Port operations are closed for 3 days with no work observed. For the transportation and movement, there will be no movement as the truck drivers usually leave for their hometowns or villages to celebrate Eid 10 days prior and are anticipated to return 7 days after Eid holidays.

During these days import cargoes will remain at the port. Dispatches of import cargo from port to Afghanistan will resume beginning 7 days after the holiday. Truck availability will remain short during the first week after Eid and is expected to be back to normal operations on or after 02 Oct 2015.

Afghanistan: Government offices in Afghanistan will close 2 days prior to Eid and will remain closed for 10 days to include the border crossing points, with limited to no cargo movement. Documentation/Customs teams will remain active until 21 Sep 2015 and close during Eid and re-open after Eid holiday.

On-ground movement is anticipated to be affected from 21 Sep 2015 and will resume by 02 Oct 2015. During this time there will be no intra-Afghanistan trucking so there will be delays on cargo dispatch. Truck placement at bases will stop 5 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Afghanistan to Pakistan will stop from South (Chaman) 10 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Kabul to Kandahar (APPF dependent highway) will also stop

10 days prior to Eid (and vice versa). Any cargoes arriving from Pakistan during holidays will be staged at Carrier Holding Yard (CHY) facilities.

Import cargo already en-route will be stored at a secure holding yard. Multimodal cargo that is flown into Afghanistan will be held at the airfield until trucking resumes. Cargo will be flown into Afghanistan on schedule and will not be staged in the UAE.

Export cargo will also be held at the FOB until trucking resumes. Cargo already en route will be stored at a secured holding yard. Multimodal cargo at airbases will be flown to and dispatched as scheduled taking into account Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) being closed and subject to MOD being approved

United Arab Emirates (UAE): UAE Customs and Port Operations will be open (working on Overtime/Rotation basis) but EHS & UAE Ministry of Defense (MOD) will be closed during the holidays. MOD will stop receiving MOD requests for approval. This will have a negative impact on both C-17 and commercial flights arriving to Al Maktoum International Airport.

With regards to the air portion, there will be no potential impact on the operations during the Eid holiday. General DWC airport operations could be slowed to include delay in obtaining EHS Inspection and MOD processing due to low manpower in observance of the holidays. UAE Government sector normally gets a 9-day holiday including the weekends. Only the Custom documentations/MOD applications will be affected during this period.

Jordan: The operations will stop on the first day of Eid and resume normally the next day. Import and export cargo can be staged or loaded directly on trucks en-route to the inland points during Eid except for the first day of Eid as stated above. GHQ JAF and International Affairs will be closed during Eid. No Customs Memos will be processed.

Inland transportation will not be affected; they will only stop for breakfast. For Wash Rack Ops – washing will be at 0730 until 1500, and resume at 2100 until 0600 the next day. Commercial Seaport will start at 0600 until 1500 and resume at 2100 until 0500 the next day. No delays at the airport except for breakfast time. These timings apply for all operations (loading, discharging, washing, loading/unloading trucks, etc.)

Oman: Maximum of 1 or 2 days delay can happen for all operations.

Kuwait: Shuwaikh operations – no delays/issues in dispatching import cargo as long as there is an approved AK302 and no customs issues or sudden

closure of port due to security reasons. Carriers shall submit B/L to USG at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival to prevent delays in processing AK302.

Shuaiba operations – will be closed for Eid holidays and Friday, 25 Sep 2015 until KGL and customs reopens. Containers in transit will be held at the closest port/yard/safe place during this holiday.

Iraq: All offices including customs will be closed during the holiday. All operations will be stopped during Eid.

Qatar: Customs will be closed the first day of Eid, 23 Sep 2015.

Saudi Arabia: Local government agencies including customs will be closed. Trucking will continue on a very slow phase provided the clearance has been completed prior to the holiday. Otherwise, trucking will commence after the holiday but still at a very slow pace for a week or two as volume for clearance has piled up at customs.

Egypt: During Eid, navigation will be free for vessels. Customs will cease and export cargo can be gated in. Terminals will take 24 to 36 hours holiday.

Bahrain: Terminal/Port Operations will have normal working hours however no delivery can be made during Eid as Customs will be closed.

Yemen: No operations during the holiday.

Northern Distribution Network (NDN): No operations during the holiday. Import cargo arriving during the holidays will be staged at port/border, customs and the customs clearance process will be completed after the end of the holiday. Export cargo that is en-route can be staged in the nearest holding yards and will be dispatched as soon as the holidays end.

SDDC POC: Questions should be addressed to the 595th Transportation Brigade at Comm +973 1785-6740, DSN 318-439-6740 or email correspondence to 595TH TB OCCASWA Chiefs/QA Org boxes: usarmy.bahrain.sddc.list.occaswachiefs@mail.mil; usarmy.bahrain.sddc.list.occaswaqa@mail.mil

Expiration: 30 October 15

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