Drewry: Faster Asia-Europe transit is an illusion

Several shippers are urging container shipowners to pick up the pace on the routes between China and North Europe which currently can take up to 40 days door-to-door. But this is unrealistic, says Drewry.

Shippers should not get their hopes up too much for quicker transport time of containrized goods between China and North Europe. The shipowners have come too far on the slow-steaming path to be willing to change course now, and it would take extremely convincing arguments and guarantees from customers in order for the shipowners to pick up the pace, assesses Drewry arguing that the shippers would be more successful pushing for more reliable services from the shipowners.

The British analyst agency has calculated that the fastest transport from Shanghai to Hamburg can be done in 19 days, if the ship sails at a speed of 24 knots and if no stops are made along the way. According to statements from shippers at a conference in Hamburg recently,Containerisation International Global Line Shipping Conference, it currently takes about 40 days door-to-door to get a container from Shanghai to Hamburg.

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