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Carriers hold their breath due to strikes in strained northern European ports

Work stoppage may worsen bottlenecks in major northern European ports, predicts Hapag-Lloyd. Strikes ”complicate the current situation” with large freight volumes.

Photo: Johanna Geron/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Container carriers are holding their breath as port workers in several northern European key ports risk turning serious port bottlenecks into chaotic conditions through strike actions.

Last week, German port workers refused to work in Hamburg and Bremerhaven as part of unfinished labor agreement negotiations, and Monday, the major Belgian port in Antwerp faced similar risks as a number of labor unions declared a general strike, paralyzing air traffic, among other things.

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