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Strikes across Belgian transport infrastructure to take place this week

Trade unions in Belgium have confirmed that 24 hours of strike action will take place on Wednesday, 9th November

Trade unions across Belgium will take industrial action on Wednesday, 9th November with rail, ocean and air traffic set to be impacted.

Workers from Belgium's labour unions are set to gather in Brussels, and other key locations across the country, to stage demonstrations as disputes over the rising cost of living continue.

Port impact

Ocean services are likely to be impacted as workers at the Port of Zeebrugge walk out from 06:00 on Wednesday, 9th November until 06:00 on Thursday, 10th November. During this time no lifting or vessel operations will take place across any of the port's terminals.

The Port of Antwerp will also see delays due to pilots, tug boat operators and other personnel taking part in the strikes.

Airport impact

40% of flights at Brussels Airport (BRU) have already been cancelled in order to mitigate disruptions, however, it is likely that delays and further cancellations will be experienced as airline and ground staff join the industrial action. Air Traffic Control workers are not currently confirmed to take part in the strikes.

Rail impact

The National Railway Company of Belgium (SNCB) will take part in strike action from 22:00 on Tuesday, 8th November until 22:00 on Wednesday, 9th November. During this time it is likely that freight services will experience delays whilst passenger services will also see cancellations.

We will continue to review all supply chain impact and aim to minimise any potential disruption throughout the period.

If you have any immediate questions regarding your supply chain, please contact us here.

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