Europe Update

Port congestion is hampering operations at major European container gateways in Hamburg, Le Havre, Antwerp, and Rotterdam.

The ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are being affected beyond normal conditions and are operating with slowed productivity. The port of Antwerp has formed a committee to tackle the severe barge congestion also hampering other major European container gateways.

Delays of up to 5 days have led European barge operators and at least one major ocean freight carrier to impose a congestion surcharge on all operations at the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. Waiting times have grown due to several factors including the up-scaling of vessels, unexpected port calls, volume growth, restructuring of container alliances, staff shortages and the recent cyber-attack on two terminals.

With the onset of the summer months/holidays, and barge & feeder vessel overcapacity, trucking companies handling road service container pick-up and delivery are overbooked and are requiring 2 weeks’ notice to handle a booking. Subsequently ocean freight carriers are booked from 1-2 months in advance of intended vessel departure.

Delmar will continue to monitor the situation and handle ocean freight cargo movements as events allow, however due to the abovementioned situations some delays may occur.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.

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