Delays to freight transport and other supply chain disruptions are expected as a result of increased security measures in Belgium and neighboring countries following multiple terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital this morning. Authorities canceled all flights, including cargo flights, to and from Brussels International Airport, and the airport will remain closed until tomorrow. Officials also suspended all international train traffic with Brussels and closed or recommend against travel on numerous major roadways throughout the city due to security operations. Citizens are encouraged to shelter in place over safety concerns, causing manufacturing facilities and other businesses to close.
Authorities in neighboring countries also increased security measures. Officials in France, the Netherlands, and Germany increased security controls at their respective land borders with Belgium. Authorities also increased the security presence at most major international transport hubs, including airport and train stations, in these countries and in the United Kingdom.
These new security measures come on top of border controls imposed in European countries due to the migrant crisis, exacerbating the impact of delays and other disruptions and creating significant added costs for shippers in the region.