COVID-19: The critical worker crisis

In an effort to protect supply chains and essential services the government released a list of sectors where fully vaccinated workers may be exempt from isolation if they are told to quarantine after coming into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Many of these are within the supply chain and global logistics platforms that

Shippers go out of business as ocean surcharges continue to mount

Container shipping lines are becoming ever more inventive with the names they apply to the surcharges they keep adding to already over-loaded FAK rates. The latest example is Hapag-Lloyd’s ‘value-added surcharge’ of $5,000 per 40ft, from China to the US and Canada. The carrier told customers the new surcharge was due to “extraordinary demand from China and the

Available container equipment shortage continues

Containers continue to be in short supply – particularly in the places where they’re needed most – with wait times varying region to region, country to country and port to port. And even the world’s biggest shipping lines are not sure when their containers will be available, or where. Despite relationships going back decades, long-standing

Westbound sea freight market update

Demand for imports from Asia and the Indian subcontinent (ISC) continues to outstrip shipping line capacity, in a sign that with inventories low, second-half volumes are unlikely to let up, keeping pressure on a global supply chain infrastructure that is already buckling. The UK’s primary container ports will be expecting a spike in imports from

Container ocean freight update; another week in sea freight

Sea freight spot rates have surged further on the trans-Atlantic trade and routes ex-Asia, as a month of port restrictions, congestion and disruption across south China ports diminishes container shipping’s already severe global capacity and equipment shortages. Shortages of space and equipment continue, as market demand exceeds supply and rates keep climbing, with blank sailings in June

Pandemic reveals weak links in global supply chain

Global supply chains have been under pressure since the outbreak of COVID-19 at the beginning of last year, highlighting deficiencies that have resulted in disruption, delays and rising costs. Along with a roller coaster journey from start to finish. In time, most of the congestion and disruption we currently face will dissipate, containers will be in

The pain of pandemic freight rates

There cannot have been many weeks when we were either warning of impending rate increases, highlighting recent increases, or explaining why further rises were likely. And while we have protected our customers from the worst excesses of the lines, this article by Mike Wackett for The Loadstar lays bare the stark reality for some shippers. In normal times

Yantian port looking to resume full container operations

Hutchison Port’s Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) have announced that they will resume full operation from 00:00 on the 24th June, with effective controls of COVID-19 in place in the port areas and daily handling capacity increasing to 27,000 teu’s when all 11 berths return to normal operating levels. All berths, including those in the west port area,

Air cargo peak season starts early with no end in sight

Chaotic sea freight markets are driving delayed distressed planned ocean cargo over to faster air freight, creating an artificial early peak season, in which massive global demand meeting limited capacity, means that only the highest paying cargo will make it out of Asia on a flight, regardless of destination. ‘Pay to play’ seems to be the driver behind the current market dynamics. The highest