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Category: Sea

Container shortages increasing in China

Equipment shortages are spreading to China, as the lines fail to reposition sufficient empty containers, with some lines diverting available empty equipment to more profitable trans-pacific trade lanes. (more…)

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Felixstowe acts as congestion spreads

Nearly three weeks after their apology for service issues, Felixstowe have announced vehicle booking changes, but performance is now deteriorating at other key container ports. (more…)

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Felixstowe congestion, surcharges and spreads

Import volumes at Felixstowe have been 30% higher than usual in recent weeks and with port efficiency significantly diminished by the COVID crisis, disruption to vessel loading, yard operations and road/rail connections has followed. (more…)

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Asia – UK rates rising

Fuelled by volume reductions, IMO 2020 surcharges, and demand ahead of Chinese New Year, sea freight rates from Asia to European ports will end 2019 on a high, and could increase further in the run up to Chinese New Year.…

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Felixstowe strike confirmed

Christmas strike action on the 27th and 28th December has been voted for overwhelmingly at the port of Felixstowe in a dispute over outsourcing. (more…)

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IMO 2020’s £40 billion bill

The shipping industry - and shippers - are braced for the largest ever regulatory change in the fuel sector, IMO 2020, forcing the shipping lines to invest heavily and they are determined to recoup their costs from shippers. (more…)

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Maersk support UK shippers, while blanking US

Maersk launches feeder to help UK shippers while blanking more Asia to US east coast sailings, because of slow volume demand. (more…)

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Carriers may blank voyages without notice

Demand for space on vessels from China continues its seasonal decline, but inconsistencies in blanked sailing announcements around China’s Golden Week have been criticised. (more…)

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