Analyst firm sees container market imbalance last for months

Container lines' ability to redirect equipment such as containers will continue to be under pressure in the months to come, estimates Sea-Intelligence. The Covid-19 crisis has triggered a large imbalance between import and export volumes.

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The coming months look set to be difficult for container lines when it comes to redirecting empty containers to alleviate major bottlenecks in supply chains.

The pressure remains unrelenting, seeing as the coronavirus crisis has created greater than usual imbalances between so-called head-haul and back-haul volumes, reports Sea-Intelligence this Monday. Head-haul covers import volumes to ports outside Asia while back-haul volumes cover export volumes.

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