376 container vessels queuing off ports around the world

As a result of the strained freight market, particularly on Pacific routes, 2.4 million containers are currently stuck on board vessels waiting to berth. A majority of them are waiting off the coasts of China and the US, according to new figures posted by Vessels Value.

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Bottlenecks and capacity shortages are creating long queues in key ports on various routes, particularly from Asia to the US and Europe, with a large portion of the world's seaborne cargo currently loaded on board vessels waiting to berth.

Globally, 376 container ships carrying a total of 2.4 million teu are piled up near ports, according to new figures compiled Thursday, Sept. 2, by ship database Vessels Values on behalf of ShippingWatch.

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