Service Interruption Alert: Eid al-Fitr Observance 2019

May 29, 2019

The holy month of Ramadan will end the evening of 4 June marking the end of the month-long fast and will be followed by national holidays for Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary depending on the sighting of the Moon). This period marks the start of a feast that lasts several days. During this time, most port and customs authorities will be closed or operating only a few hours a day. Therefore, customers should expect daily escalating port / airport storage, demurrage, and detention charges applicable for any shipments arriving during this time. Following the holidays, it typically takes two to three weeks at minimum to clear shipment backlogs depending on volumes at the port / airport.

Your Arpin service team is aware of our partners’ holiday schedules and have worked to ensure that the necessary arrangements have been made in advance. Although Eid al Fitr holidays and office closures vary from country-to-country, below is a brief list of expected regional closures:

United Arab Emirates: 3 – 7 June, resume work on Sunday 9 June

Saudi Arabia: 3 – 8 June, resume work on Sunday 9 June

Qatar: 5 – 9 June, resume work Monday 10 June, tbc

Bahrain: 5 – 9 June, resume work Monday 10 June, tbc

Oman: 4 – 8 June, resume work Sunday 9 June

Pakistan: 4 – 9 June, resume work on Monday 10 June

For urgent matters, contact Lauren Inglis – Regional Director, Middle East & India – 971 0 56 480 6618.