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July 05, 2022

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Port congestion in Europe The number of vessels waiting in European anchorage remains steady, but congestion is still a problem behind the scenes. A rise in coronavirus infections is responsible for the labor shortage. The beginning of the summer holidays is putting further stress on operations. Strikes over pay at Germany’s North Sea ports threaten to worsen the situation in Europe. Negotiations between the German trade union and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies have failed

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June 21, 2022

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Situations of port congestion in the US, Europe, and China The key US west coast gateway ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are improving even as Europe’s congestion situation continues to deteriorate. “Although major North American ports remain heavily congested, we are now seeing some small signs of improvement on the west coast,” said Drewry senior analyst Eleanor Hadland. Already congested ports in North Europe are bracing for a spike in volume this summer following the lifting of COVI

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June 07, 2022

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Middle East container ports most efficient globally in 2021: index Ports in the Middle East were the most efficient in the world in 2021 amid widespread disruption stemming from a pandemic-induced spike in volumes flowing from Asia to North America and Europe, according to the second edition of the global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), jointly developed by the World Bank and IHS Markit, now part of S&P Global. Middle East gateways represented four of the top five ports in the annu

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May 25, 2022

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The situations and outlook for supply chain disruption Overcrowded terminal yards and hinterland delays are leading to lengthy delays. A surge of cargo from Shanghai could lead to further problems. Delays to voyages from Asia to Europe are increasing on the back of high yard densities at northern European terminals and hinterland bottlenecks, leading to worse port congestion. “Container ships deployed on this route currently need an average of 101 days to complete a full round voyage,” Alph

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May 10, 2022

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Disruption of supply chain and outlook for container freight rate Uncertainty over economic recovery and China's lockdowns has seen a decline in volumes and rates in northern Europe. But longer-term contracts remain over twice last year's level. Containerized spot freight rates have declined, continuing a trend since rates peaked in the first week of this year. Delays in container transport from Asia increased in the first quarter, even before the impact of the latest pandemic-related restr

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April 20, 2022

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Chinese measures against COVID-19 impact logistics Cargo flows at China’s largest ports continue to face disruption as a new wave of coronavirus infections across the country poses a threat to the global supply chain. Key port cities, including Shanghai and Ningbo, are facing logistics bottlenecks as China is grappling with its worst spate of infections. China is blocking more highways to curb the spread of coronavirus as the snarl-up in Reduced trucking capacity in Shanghai and the closure o

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April 05, 2022

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Africa bracing for food crisis as war cuts grain supply chain African economies are bracing for a catastrophic fallout from the war in Ukraine. The rapid report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development revealed that in 2020 every single ton of wheat imported by Benin came from Russia, while all imports into Somalia came from either Russia or Ukraine. Three-quarters of Egypt’s wheat came from these exporting countries, and neighboring Libya and Tunisia are heavily dependent on

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March 22, 2022

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Impact on port and maritime industry due to Russian invasion of Ukraine The conflict in Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions on Russia are likely to have an ongoing impact on global container supply chains despite the relatively limited volumes shipped to and from Russia. The impact of the conflict in Ukraine on container shipping is likely to come more from increased bunker costs rather than any direct disruption to the sector. The sudden increase in fuel-related shipping costs caused by the war

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March 08, 2022

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Ukraine Crisis Most of the world’s major carriers have now suspended shipments to and from Russia, severely restricting commercial maritime access to the country after it invaded Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted the closure of the country’s main port of Odesa, forcing container carriers to divert vessels. Read more:JOC |JOC2 The movement toward restricting the shipping industry US President Joe Biden has called on Congress to address problems in the ocean shipping indu

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February 22, 2022

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Global trade surges past pre-pandemic level Despite a severe blow at the start of the pandemic, the value of goods and services traded internationally is now at record highs. Trade figures reached a new record of $28.5trn in 2021, up 13% on pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest World Trade Outlook from UNCTAD. But while figures remained strong and even accelerated during the fourth quarter, the outlook for the first quarter is not as strong, with trade expected to slow in the first quart

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February 09, 2022

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Redeploying vessels to transpacific trade lane from regional services The increase in capacity on the transpacific alone was larger than total fleet growth in 2021. As a result, carriers are moving tonnage, particularly from intra-Asia services, to fill the gaps. Although fleet capacity increased by 4.5% during 2021, figures from Alphaliner show that shipping companies deployed over a fifth of the 25m teu in service to Asia-North America services from 17.5% at the start of 2021. Read more:Ll

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January 25, 2022

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New indicators for port congestion and supply chain disruption The Federal Reserve Bank of New York launched a new Global Supply Chain Pressure Index designed to provide a “bird’s eye view” of supply chain disruptions. The metric suggests that pressures have peaked, although at a historic high. The index integrates 27 variables covering global transportation costs and country-specific supply chain measures and aims to provide a comprehensive summary of potential disruptions affecting global