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3000 containers trapped in Rotterdam following Hanjin's collapse

The ECT terminal in Europe's biggest port, Rotterdam, now demands several thousand euro for handing over Hanjin containers to their recipients. Even though a Dutch port has just sided with the country's shippers and ruled that this is not allowed.

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3,000 containers with Hanjin's logo stamped on the side are currently waiting in the ECT terminal in Rotterdam. Some are filled with goods which need to be transported on to customers elsewhere in the world, while a majority of the containers are waiting to reach customers in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe where stockpiles are now being filled ahead of the Christmas shopping season.

The containers are waiting for recipients and shippers who, looking to have their containers handed over, must now decide between two options. They can either pay an extraordinary fee to ECT of EUR 1,000 per container in addition to EUR 2,500 in deposit for the container itself. Or they can wait for ECT the decide on an oral ruling issued by a Dutch court on Friday which sided with the Dutch shippers and ruled that ECT's demands are excessive.

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