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HAITI – SECURITY CRISIS (03/2024) LOGISTICS SITREP UPDATE

Logistics Sitrep MARCH 24
ER@priorityworldwide.com

Haitian civil unrest & violence has intensified in recent days after long simmering discontent with the country’s leader and inability to self govern. The PM is exiled from Haiti and has offered his resignation.

Airport Access

(HT) All international commercial scheduled flights to PAP/Port Au Prince Airport are currently suspended indefinitely. Insurance coverage for such operations is unlikely. Air charter access for evacuations or humanitarian deliveries is also highly unlikely presently due to security situation however there have been helicopter evacuations as well as offers of helicopter delivery between DR and HT, away from major conflict and violence areas. Nothing is showing in Haitian airspace on flight radar as of 3/15/24. Cap Haitien international airport in the north is also showing cancelled flights, the airport does have less frequent connections to the USA with narrowbody flights. There are no obvious posted NOTAMS advising official airspace closure however there are some FAA advises to carriers – See below (Source 0ps Group)

KICZ A0004/24 NOTAMN..SECURITY.. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION IN HAITI UNPUBLISHED AIRPORT AND AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS MAY EXIST. U.S. OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND COMMUNICATE WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AUTHORITIES ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MTPP/PAP) PORT AU PRINCE AND OTHER AIRPORTS IN HAITI DUE TO CIVIL UNREST AND LOCALIZED SECURITY RISKS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT FAA CITE WATCH AT 202-267-3203 OR EMAIL FAA-WATCH@FAA.GOV SFC – UNL: 14 MAR 02:00 2024 UNTIL 12 JUN 23:59 2024. CREATED 14 MAR 01:52 2024.

(DO) Main international airport is SDQ-Santa Domingo with numerous international freighter, widebody and scheduled pax aircraft connections. There is also an international airport at Barahona (BRX – but with no scheduled traffic) with a 3000m runway closer to the Southern Section of HT. Some UN helicopter & cluster operations have operated from there. The other international airport to the North is Santiago de los Caballeros (STI) with a 2700m runway which welcomes mostly narrowbody flight arrivals.

Ocean Access

(HT) The major container ports are at Cap Haitien (North coast), Port Au Prince and the Lafiteau Port (just north of Port Au Prince). Some mainline vessel liners serve both Cap Haitien as well as one of the Port au Prince ports, however there are also various smaller/regional liners and NVOCCs operating service from Florida. The information we have is that steamship lines are still calling at Cap Haitien (however services were suspended last week), but all services are suspended via Port au Prince Port. This does not mean that some SSL will not operate/continue to quote however. Update on Lafiteau – TBC. Where liners can dock, and with the presumed impact on customs processes, backlog and port congestion can be expected. Everything will need to be checked on ad-hoc basis. There is also a port at Miragoane that the UN community has been able to serve by barge from DO. Some UN/humanitarian barge services have been able to operate.

(DO) Main ocean port is the Caucedo Port (West of Santa Domingo) for carriers coming from North America, the other port where European/Chinese carriers berth at Port Haina, East of Santa Domingo. There are no known issues for services towards DO ports currently.

Overland Access DO to HT

The working assumption will be that aid efforts may filter via DO as long as Haitian ports continue to be inaccessible. There is then the question of overland access between DO and HT. The information we have is that the border is effectively closed, however some deportations are passing. Our DO local partners advises that trucking from DO into HT is only commercially viable security-wise into Northern Haiti- Cap Haitien region via the Dajabon border crossing. The border crossings to the inland and further south are closed since this is where the security situation is worse. In recent years, many DO truckers do not want to cross their assets in HT for security reasons, so there is often a truck-swap operation at the border when HT trucks are allowed to cross into DO to trans-load cargo and head back over the border. Such operations need to be re-confirmed and NGO consignees may require to be ready to provide such cross border assets.

From a customs perspective, there is an in-bond system which in theory allows cargo to be sent via DO and into HT under bond, and the shipments can be kept under bond until humanitarian access is required & possible. Our local Santa Domingo agent is well informed and has multiple warehouse locations in DO, whereby such cargos could be temporarily stored. Santa Domingo warehouses are usually used for in-transit cargo.

Security situation will dictate how feasible overland aid operations will become. There have been some UN related convoys and discussions over helicopter services between DO and HT whilst airspace is closed.

**MORE Updates to follow as they come **