As introduced since our 2020 Newsletters, the economic circumstances in global maritime transport remains uncertain and the surge in freight rates in containerized transport sector (multiplied by 10 in the past 18 months) has long been established.
Generally speaking, the weight of demand in the face of increasingly restricted supply causes unavailability of equipment and consequently delays.
Surcharges being imposed on cargo are constantly increasing. However some steamship lines, like CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd, have announced a first phase freight rate freeze until February 2022 for CMA , with no termination date for Hapag.
Logistics remain severely affected and terminal congestion leads to additional costs.
Due to the unprecedented shortage in drivers, road transport services are also impacted.
It is important to note that these setbacks affect both imports and exports, penalizing international trade through an increase in general costs.
In order to weigh up against the diktat of shipping companies, our professional organization is trying to come together to rebalance trade relations and defend the best interests of their members.