28 02 2022

Ni Hao! Shipping news in the year of the Tiger

Congested ports in China

Just after the festivities of Chinese New Year, Far East westbound transports are still showing heavily congested ports. This due to the volume which is presently available on the market and the “zero tolerance” China implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the Far East trade lanes are incurring congestion in the ports which cause tremendous challenges in the sailing schedules due to numerous changes. The most congested ports presently are Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong and Yantian.

Container excess dwell fee in US

On the other side of the globe, US ports are also facing huge problems due to the congestion at the operating terminals. The ports which are effected most are New York/Newark, Los Angeles/Long Beach and Norfolk. Because of this congestion the ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach are implementing a “container excess dwell fee / EDF” as per Febr 4th , 2022.

Ports of Europe

Also in Europe the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are facing challenges. Vessels are delaying in berthing which causes also problems in the landside services as trucking and distribution.

For this year the space remains an issue on the trades as carriers still indicate vessels are fully booked. More capacity in the market is only expected 2023/2024 as in these years approx. 2 million TEU’s on capacity of new vessels is expected on the trades.

Rail freight: an efficient alternative

The rail freight option might be a solution for your challenges. Rail freight transport between China and (Western) Europe is a fast and effective solution for more urgent shipments. With Rail transport your cargo can be shipped within 20 days. Therefore it is a cost ánd time effective alternative. Mol logistics offers:

  • Complete rail service package, from loading to unloading
  • Custom clearance
  • Buyers consolidation on terminal or container freight station (SFS) warehouse
  • Door-to-door solutions for import / export LCL and FCL

At MOL LOGISTICS we are always going for the “Extra Mile”. If you are having specific needs in the movement of your shipments, please contact your local MOL Logistics office.

Arie Houffelaar A.Houffelaar@Mol-logistics.nl


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