Shipping Forecast: Smooth sailing for Södra shipments
It has been a turbulent time for freight. Covid-19 caused severe disruption to supply chains and the flow of containers around the world. Then, just as demand for goods and commodities was strengthening again, the chaos caused by a vessel stuck in the Suez Canal for around a week last month was a further, and most unwelcome, development for global container shipping.
According to Ola Holgersson, Södra Cell International’s Logistics Manager: “Colleagues in the shipping industry were reporting a queue of around 350 vessels to get into the Suez Canal. Now that the canal has reopened, the vessels that have been in the queue will arrive at European ports at the same time. This means an increased risk of further congestion and loss of efficiency in some of the major European ports, which could take some time to fully stabilize.”
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