Equipment shortages lead to more boxes being shipped on other vessels than planned

The shortage of empty containers has put shipping companies and ports under pressure, and this has led to shippers increasingly experiencing that their cargoes are shipped by other ships than originally planned, shows new analysis.

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Shippers are increasingly seeing their cargoes being shipped by other vessels than originally planned due to the global shortage of empty containers, shows a new analysis by Ocean Insights, a German analyst and consultancy firm for shippers.

The lack of empty containers has been a hot topic in recent months. Following the coronavirus crisis, demand for Chinese goods has soared, leading to a significant jump in demand for container freight. But this demand shift has led to equipment shortages in several places around the world, ultimately causing problems for the shipping lines' customers.

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