US and EU importers seek alternative transport methods in lieu of container freight

Importers are searching high and low for alternatives to delayed and costly ocean transport. Some, including US-based retailer Walmart and Danish supermarket chain Coop, are resorting to alternative modes of freight, such as rail freight and chartering their own vessels.

Jakob Birk, Director of Logistics, Transport & Procurement at Coop. | Photo: Jacob Birk

The combination of increased demand for goods and a chaotic freight market is forcing retailers and consumer goods companies to seek alternatives to the expensive and heavily delayed sea transport.

While US-based companies such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Costco and Coca-Cola have chartered their own container and dry bulk vessels in the efforts to bypass the freight chaos, Danish supermarket chain Coop has decided to test rail freight for transporting imported articles from China.

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