Hurricane Matthew is currently about 120 miles southeast of Miami as a category 3 hurricane and headed northwest toward the Florida peninsula with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph. Matthew is expected to pick up speed and become a category 4 hurricane as it leaves the Bahamas and approaches the warms waters of the Atlantic ocean near the coast of Florida around 2:00 PM this afternoon. Miami – Dade County is currently under a Tropical Storm watch (wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH). There is a Hurricane watch (wind speed over 74 MPH) in place from Broward County, where the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades are located, all the way to parts of Georgia.
Although Customs and Trade Services, the Taggart Intl. Ltd headquarters located in Miami is closed today, the Miami staff is working from several local and remote locations in order to continue business as usual. Despite this storm that mother nature has sent our way, shipments are still being processed and getting released in a timely manner. All operational functions of the Miami office are also being performed without any interruptions or delays.
For today and tomorrow please communicate with our Miami office via e-mail if at all possible, or through any of our other offices.