25 Jul 2023 -

Ports jam starting to ease, says Maersk


After stormy weather caused some delays in Rotterdam and Bremerhaven, operations at key hub facilities across Europe are now stabilizing, reports the latest Maersk update. In the west Mediterranean, terminals are accommodating West African cargo due to local port congestions and terminals operating at full capacity.

Elsewhere across Europe, ports are running without major delays and Maersk’s teams are monitoring the situation across all terminals. In France, various strike actions and political protests have not had a significant impact on port and cargo operations.

In Poland, the Port of Gdansk remains congested and despite efforts to improve the situation, some delays to cargo can be expected in the coming month. Yard density is rapidly increasing, and customers are kindly requested to please collect any longstanding units to help alleviate the situation.

The Port of Iskenderun continues to show improvements in performance after the re-opening of the terminal, but other ports in Turkey, such as Ambarli and Mersin, continue to experience congestions that could have an impact on cargo operations.

Air Freight

Air freight demand is still declining, but e-commerce volumes are increasing. This has led to some fluctuations in rates, with Hong Kong recently implementing a rate increase for shipments to Europe. However, the development of fuel prices remains volatile, and this could have an impact on rates in the future.

Air traffic control managers in mainland Europe are currently discussing a strike that could result in additional disruptions to vacation flights during the summer season. Maersk is monitoring the situation closely and will inform customers of any implications as soon as possible.

Overall, the outlook for ocean and air freight is mixed. There are some positive signs, such as the improvement in schedule reliability, but there are also some challenges, such as the congestion in the Port of Gdansk and the potential for strikes by air traffic control managers.

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