Positive news is finally coming out of Northern European ports, as waiting times for vessels are starting to reduce significantly.

This could be the first sign that ocean freight infrastructure is heading back to the normality of pre-pandemic times. 

Port congestion has been crippling ocean freight during the past two and a half years, with dwell times for vessels continually rising.

However, a number of key base ports are starting to report significant improvements. Both Antwerp and Rotterdam have now reduced the longest wait times for ships to under five days and Hamburg port has also reduced times slightly, despite being hindered by industrial action.

The UK ports of Southampton and London Gateway are showing signs of easing significantly, which should start to improve schedule reliability in the near future.

Hopefully, a resolution to the recent industrial disputes, which may continue to impact Felixstowe and Liverpool, can be found soon so that supply chains can get back to normality.

Felixstowe Note: Our operational teams are in contact with shipping lines to collate information regarding changes or omissions and will update customers as information becomes available.

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