Equipment shortages are spreading to China, as the lines struggle to reposition sufficient empty containers, with some lines diverting equipment to higher-yielding trans-pacific trade lanes.
Chung Yeung Festival, also known as the Double Ninth Festival, is a public holiday in Hong Kong, for locals to pay tribute to the dead by visiting graves and columbaria.
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.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, or zhongqiujie (中秋节), is one of the largest festivals in Mainland China and Hong Kong, bringing families gather to sample autumn harvests, light lanterns and admire what’s believed to be the fullest moon of the year.
Despite the Port of Felixstowe apologising to customers for the “inconvenience” of the current congestion, we have yet to see any improvement and CMA CGM has become the first line to introduce a Port Congestion Surcharge – in the amount of USD150/TEU effective 1st October 2020 – for all containers arriving/departing Felixstowe.
Import volumes at Felixstowe have been 30% higher than usual in recent weeks, leading to severe congestion at the port, which has impacted road and rail transport and with port efficiency further diminished by the COVID crisis vehicle booking slots are not currently being issued, the restitution of empty containers has been interrupted and some vessels are omitting or diverting from the port.
Sea freight volumes from Asia have been improving steadily since the COVID-19 lockdowns of April and May, confounding shipping lines that have been blanking sailings in the expectation of low demand from battered economies and mostly in recession.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) has been Asia’s primary newspaper and portal for more than a century, which is why being called on by SCMP journalists for our expertise in these challenging times is such an accolade.
Key sourcing regions in China are experiencing the worst flood in decades, devastating supply chains, with red alerts declared in Wuhan, Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang due to heavy rains.
Reporting on rail freight congestion from China to Europe, The Loadstar quoted the industry experts, Norman global Logistics, extensively to explain and outline the situation.