Globally Port congestion
Affected by the epidemic, ports in the United States, Poland, Brazil, Germany, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, Nigeria and other countries have suffered serious congestion.
Affected by the epidemic, American people’s demand for Chinese goods has soared. They snapped up Chinese-made furniture, electrical appliances, and bicycles. The containers carrying Chinese imported goods were stacked six stories high like Lego bricks. Truck drivers crowded in the parking lot and had to wait for hours to pick up the goods.
The Port of Los Angeles, the largest port in the United States, is continuing to bear the pressure of a large number of containers entering the port. At the same time, the port is heavily congested and a large number of ships are waiting to berth. The surge in container imports has also caused congestion in the port, making it more difficult for trucks and trucks to quickly move goods out of the port.
The congestion situation in US ports has not been significantly eased. According to a report from the Southern California Ocean Exchange, there are at least 47 ships waiting to enter the port at the anchorages outside the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Among them, 34 are container ships with a total capacity of more than 270,000 TEU. The largest ship is 16,022 TEU.
In addition, as the epidemic continues to spread in the United States, the number of confirmed cases in the United States has been increasing, and a large number of logistics industry practitioners are also unable to continue working due to pneumonia. Many logistics parks in the United States are facing serious manpower shortages.
Felixstowe, the largest port in the UK, usually handles 40% of all container traffic in the UK, and now the average ship stays in the port for more than 32 hours. This series of conditions forces shippers to transfer cargo to other ports. Since the end of last year, Maersk and MSC have replaced the port of Felixstowe with the port of Liverpool on their TA2/NEUATL2 loop route across the Atlantic.
Trucks waiting in line to enter the Port of Dover, Kent, are undergoing document checks
This measure introduced as a result of Brexit resulted in hundreds of British truck drivers being fined for crossing Kent without permission. Since January 1, the UK is no longer bound by EU rules. Since the new rules came into effect, the British police have issued 407 fines.
Recently, Australia’s container supply chain has been in constant chaos, and this problem may not be effectively resolved in a short period of time.
Due to previous strikes, the ship’s schedule was disrupted, resulting in a backlog of cargo for “8 to 10 weeks”. However, the union denied that the strike was mainly due to the reason, and the union said the surge in transportation demand was the main reason.
Ports of New South Wales pointed out that there are truck queues on Simblist and Friendship roads almost every day. Sometimes these trucks in queue not only cause serious congestion, but also create potential safety issues that must be resolved.
The busiest West Port of Klang has experienced serious congestion. Due to the increase in congestion, many wholesalers and retailers said that the congestion of containers in the West Port of Port Klang caused delivery delays for more than one month, which increased unnecessary costs.
The staff of Port Klang Authority recently disclosed that after the container congestion problem occurred in Port Klang, the bureau set up a work team headed by the Ministry of Transport. In the past month, the work team has implemented a number of countermeasures, so the congestion problem has been resolved. Significant improvement has been achieved, among which the waiting time for cargo ships to dock for loading and unloading has been significantly reduced from an average of 5 days last month to 24 hours. After taking timely response measures, it has effectively improved and eased the container congestion in the Port of Klang. All refrigerated containers that have been stopped have been quarantined and cleared within one day.
Due to the gradual weakening of the hurricane, the port of Katupali has resumed normal export shipments. The port is deploying all necessary resources to reduce berthing delays and quickly transshipment.
In Nigeria’s busiest ports, TinCan Port and Apapa Port in Lagos, due to port cargo congestion, no less than 43 ships loaded with various cargoes are currently trapped in the waters of Lagos. Due to the limited space in the port, many ships cannot enter and unload, and can only stay at sea.
The congestion in the port of Lagos is so serious that the cost of these trucks to transport a container 20 kilometers inland in Nigeria may exceed $4,000, which is almost equivalent to the cost of transporting 12,000 nautical miles from China.
At present, the abnormal congestion of ports in many countries and the increase in ocean freight prices have stimulated the nerves of aviation traders. The goods exported by some manufacturers to the United States, due to unloaded goods and delayed customs clearance, could not be delivered to the buyer’s warehouse on time. They had to throw the goods and abandon the goods, causing heavy losses. In the near future, pay attention to the development of major ports in time, so as to avoid problems and stop losses in time.
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