Drewry: Carriers’ poor reliability affects ports

Ports in Rotterdam and Hamburg suffer due to delays of container carriers, leading to congestion and piling up of goods at a level similar to that before the global crisis, according to Drewry.

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The North European ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg are experiencing significant congestion, an echo of the issues last seen around the world during the boom of the early/mid 2000s – before the global financial crash took over, Drewry writes in a new analysis.

The causes of the current congestion are numerous, but poor carrier schedule reliability is high on the list. The question is, says Drewry, whether these congestion problems are temporary , or indicative of a new paradigm for the industry.

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