European ports are already congested ahead of the peak season period and before the impact of Shanghai swinging back into action.

While a lull in Chinese production should have helped clear production throughout continental ports, the blanking of approximately one-third of recent sailings has led to a huge build up of empty containers and frustrated export boxes.

In addition to this, thousands of blocked Russia bound containers have been taking up long-term space, and the ports are still trying to recover from the previous high volumes of the pandemic.

German ports, such as Hamburg and Bremerhaven, were briefly impacted by a short strike last week, and with the dispute far from resolved, there is a real threat of further industrial action to come.

Following the lockdown in Shanghai, a large wave of delayed vessels is due to arrive at continental base ports in the coming weeks, which is expected to add further stress to the situation.

Westbound continue to monitor the situation, which will impact UK bound cargo on transhipment services the most. Should you require further information, then please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.



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