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Port Strikes In Many Countries

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Author : Bozhou Marine
Update time : 2022-06-24 18:04:47
Recently, the already congested ports in many countries have been affected by the strike action, and the situation has become more severe.

  01 Europe

The recent strikes at major European ports have continued to exacerbate the difficulties faced by European port logistics.

A few days ago, a number of German seaports held strikes, including Germany's largest port of Hamburg, and the evening shift schedule of Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven was also affected by the strike. According to German media reports, more than 40 container ships are waiting for unloading and berthing at ports, and 150,000 containers are waiting for loading and unloading at German ports.

The port of Antwerp-Bruges, Europe's second-largest port, has also fallen into severe congestion, but the port ushered in another strike. At the end of May, a similar strike crippled many Belgian ports, with pilots out of work and locks inoperable.

Maersk also recently warned that its service network was "under severe stress", which it blamed on "disruptions in European port operations." "Our ships have experienced severe delays in northern Europe, which have affected the return schedule to Asia Pacific," he added.

Maersk said bottlenecks in the Asia-Nordic network had caused service delays. In order to coordinate network deployment across the market and increase visibility of schedules - Maersk has made the following schedule adjustments.

The situation means there will be longer wait times for ships in all of the major Nordic ports, according to Dexon International. About 60 percent of ships traveling from Europe to Asia in April and May this year experienced delays, with 13 ships waiting for berths outside the port of Rotterdam as of June 17.

A logistics provider with a European direction said: The current seller's goods have arrived at the port, which will inevitably be affected. As for the batch that is still floating at sea, the goods may also face the problem of delay.

  02. America

A major port labor union in the Port of Oakland, California, announced that the scheduled suspension of work on the evening of June 20 for the holiday time was adjusted to the daytime, which may cause congestion in the already congested Oakland Port.

On May 20, the Port of Auckland saw total throughput drop from a year ago after a crisis in the global supply chain, with many containers piling up at the port. CNBC's supply chain heat map shows that the Port of Oakland takes the longest time to move an imported container among any port in the U.S., taking an average of 9.5 days.

The contracts of dockworkers on the West Coast of the United States, including the Port of Oakland, are about to expire at the end of this month, and slowdowns or strikes may occur at any time starting in July.

U.S. ports will see a surge in imports in the coming months, with shipments expected to approach the record high of 2.34 million 20-foot containers set in March, the National Retail Fedaration said on Wednesday.

On one side are the wharf/railway/transportation workers who are preparing to strike for wage protests, and on the other side are the full yard terminals. Under the double blow, the shipping schedule and delivery time may be further delayed.

  03. Asia

On June 7, the "Cargo Joint Headquarters" of the South Korean Freight Union launched a general strike and refused to transport goods. More than 9,000 people participated in the rally, accounting for about 40% of the union members. The strike caused losses of US$1.2 billion in major industries such as South Korea's auto, petrochemical, and steel industries.

The port of Busan, the largest port in South Korea and the seventh largest port in the world, was affected by the strike, and its inbound and outbound throughput decreased by half compared with the average level.

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