As is known to all, the normal development of international trade and logistics has been disrupted by the epidemic.The demands of China’s export market is very strong now but there are also many problems in maritime market at the same time.
Freight forwarders are facing the following problems:
such as shortage of containers, full shipping space, containers rejection, higher and higher ocean freight and so on.
Maersk (Greater China Region) informed a customer advisory on 17th Nov.2020, as following:
Update on Maersk Peak Season
The global spread of Covid-19 has brought unprecedented impact andchallenges to the development of world trade and economy as well as theoperation of supply chains. With the rapid recovery of production and
consumption around the world, we notice the strong demand in China's exportmarket. Maersk has been working with customers and partners through
various initiatives to find solutions to speed up empty container movement andminimise the impact.
According to the situation now, we update the following information
About Vessel and TerminalDue to various factors, it may take longer for ships and containers enteringfrom ports outside China to complete quarantine inspection at Chinese ports.In addition, the congestion of overseas ports makes the on-time schedule rateof all routes unstable at present. Usually with the onset of winter in thenorthern Hemisphere,ship delays caused by extreme weather increaseaccordingly. In order to minimize the impact on customers, we adjust the routenetwork operation to ensure that your goods can get the best transportationsolution in the existing network and reach the port of destination as soon aspossible.We are doing our best to meet our customers' demand for stability services.
Supply of empty containers
Over the past few months,we have learned that the market is facinga
shortage of containers, especially on the strong global backbone routes, where40-foot containers are in short supply. This trend has been exacerbated bydemand fluctuations and bottlenecks in global supply chains due to
Covid-19 We constantly communicate with customers and partners to findsolutions to speed up empty container transport, including optimizing emptycontainer allocation and negotiating container leasing plans with nearby container factories.
As many countries around the world are currently experiencing a national
lockdown due to the second Covid-1 9 outbreak, we estimate that the shortage
of empty containers will continue, with export bookings at Chinese ports having
to face booking cancellations or delays due to a shortage of containers.In
order to minimize the impact on the customer's shipping plan, we recommend
that the customer switch to other boxes [such as 20GP, 40GP, 40NQR (frozen substitute)] to replace the 40ft high cabinets.
The English vision translated by JCtrans Logistics Network is only for your reference.
We have concluded the following information from the customer advisory. 1. The current development of world economy and trade and the operation of supply chain have been affected and challenged by unprecedented factors, and shipping companies have been looking for solutions. 2. For ships and containers entering from ports outside China, it may take longer to complete the quarantine inspection of berthing at ports. 3. The congestion of ports outside China makes the punctuality rate of all routes unstable.(Not on-schedule berthing/departure cannot be controlled by the forwarders)
4. As many countries are experiencing the second outbreak of the epidemic, it is estimated that the shortage of empty containers will continue several months. 5. Export booking at Chinese ports has to face cancellation of booking and delay of shipment due to shortage of containers. 6. Shipping companies are also doing their best to meet customers' demand for stability of marine service.
In above, we can see that the peak season has arrived, shortage of empty containers, the higher ocean freight and full shipping space are to be continued···
If you think the freight rate is veryyyy~ high now,but you will find that it will be higher and higher and higher in next month! Here give you some Price Increase Newsof shipping companies.
(1) General Rates Incerase:
(2) Peak Season Surchage Update:
So it’s the real world. If you have goods that you want to ship by sea, it's better to ship them early to avoid higher freight costs.
In the face of the negative impact ofthe epidemic, no one is an outsider, we have to face it together! Come on!