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“Port Congestion” Is Spreading in Many Countries

Affected by the global epidemic, there are serious congestion and slow operations in ports around the world, logistics and supply chains have been severely affected, and cargo transportation is bound to usher in unprecedented "large-scale delays."

Affected by the global epidemic, there are serious congestion and slow operations in ports around the world, logistics and supply chains have been severely affected, and cargo transportation is bound to usher in unprecedented "large-scale delays." The situation at ports in the West Coast of the United States, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, Nigeria and other countries is even more severe.


The United States


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 ports, making it more difficult for trucks and trucks to move goods from ports quickly.


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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 the diagnosis of new crown pneumonia. Many logistics parks in the United States are facing serious labor shortages.


The Inland Empire logistics zone, located about 100 kilometers east of the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has become an important extension and logistics hub of the two ports. However, due to the high proportion of employees in warehouses and distribution centers diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia, the supply chain of the logistics park is extremely fragile.


The UK


The largest port in the UK, Felixstowe, 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 force shippers to transfer their 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.


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The measure, introduced as a result of Brexit, has resulted in hundreds of British truck drivers being fined for travelling through Kent without permission. Vans travelling from all over the UK to France must obtain Kent passes before entering Kent, so they can get access to the port of Dover or the Eurotunnel.

 

The extra permit checks have caused controversy and traffic jams at the border.

If the trend continues, it could lead to disruption in Kent, which is expected to see a big increase in freight traffic in the coming weeks.


Australia


Recently, the Australian container supply chain has been in continuous chaos, and this problem may not be effectively resolved in a short time.Ships' schedules have been disrupted by earlier strikes, resulting in a backlog of "eight to 10 weeks" of cargo.But the union denied the strike action was the main reason, saying a surge in transport demand was the main reason.

 

Container truck traffic from Sydney has borne the brunt of New South Wales ports' efforts to tackle congestion on the roads at Botany.This came despite warnings from the trucking industry, which then called on the authorities and container chains to take action to ameliorate the chaos.


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The Port of New South Wales Corporation noted that Sydney's Empty Container Terminals (ECP) had experienced high demand from carriers and customers for empty container unloads over the past few months.


That high demand has sometimes led to long lines of trucks outside export control stations and on roads leading to the port.

 

Ports NSW noted that truck queues on the Simblist and Friendship Roads occur almost daily, and sometimes these queues not only cause significant congestion, but also create potential safety issues that must be addressed.

While the management of lorry queues is the responsibility of the ECP operator, Ports NSW has decided to take action to address this issue by introducing additional temporary dedicated lorry queues in a secure location.


Malaysia

 

The heavy congestion around New Year's Day at Port Klang West, the busiest port, has worsened as several wholesalers and retailers say container congestion at Port Klang West has caused delivery delays of more than a month and added unnecessary costs.

 

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Some shipping companies also arranged extra cargo ships for this purpose, and the port authority arranged priority docking for these cargo ships to speed up the loading and unloading time.

In addition, forwarders and importers are also making efforts to remove imported containers in advance to avoid storing them in port areas.


India


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 expedited transshipment.

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Nigeria


At Nigeria's busiest ports, Tincan and Apapa in Lagos, no fewer than 43 ships are currently stuck in Lagos waters with loads of various cargo due to congestion at the ports. Many are stuck at sea because of limited space, which means they cannot enter and unload.

 

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Congestion at Lagos's port has become so bad that the trucks can now cost more than $4,000 to transport a container 20km inland in Nigeria. (Congestion causes importers to abandon goods!4000 overdue container cargo will be auctioned!)


A recession triggered by the outbreak and recent unrest in Nigeria's commercial capital have exacerbated the long-running crisis at the ports of Apapa and Tinkan, the main entry points into Africa's largest economy.Dozens of container ships are stuck at sea because of the congestion, and hundreds of trucks have been stuck on the road for days or weeks, waiting to enter or leave ports.

 

At present, abnormal port congestion, the rise of sea freight prices are stimulating air trade people's nerves.Some manufacturers export goods to the United States, due to unloaded, customs clearance is not timely, can not be sent to the buyer's warehouse on time, can only throw goods, abandon goods, heavy losses.Recent timely attention to the major port dynamics, so as not to encounter problems can stop the loss in time.

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