COVID-19: Container shortages

Mar 5, 2020 | Article, News

Uniserve are continuously working on tailoring unique logistical strategies to support our clients supply chains which have been affected by COVID-19. Widespread disruptions continue with latest reports of container shortages for European transit.  

Multiple scheduled departures for all transport modes have been cancelled since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak on a global scale. This includes an estimated 46% of cancellations on major Asia to North Europe ocean routes. Rotterdam, one of Europe’s busiest ports, predicts a fall in volume in 2020 from throughput volume of 14.8 million TEU (20-foot equivalent units) in 2019.

Reports of container shortages follow this week as pressure mounts on the demand for product transit. Blank sailings and reefer congestion are key contributors in some regions whilst the surge in demand coupled with limited and restricted transit availability add to supply chain stagnation.

It is predicted that container shortages will continue globally as production in China returns to normal, bringing with it another wave of demand and congestion. Spikes in air demand are also now beginning to show, resulting in capacity shortages and price increases. Challenges are expected further down the supply chain including increased costs and shortages of other commodities. Uniserve will continue to monitor the market, providing live updates as the situation develops. We encourage our clients to notify us of all of their predicted requirements as early as possible to ensure the best strategy is put in place. 

If you require any specific updates please do not hesitate to contact the Uniserve Coronavirus Helpline team on 01375 851 346 or by emailing us at info@ugroup.co.uk 

 

FOLLOW US

Unrivalled Ocean Freight

Unparalleled choice and flexibility are synonymous with the UK’s leading Ocean Freight provider.

Award Winning Airfreight

Our record breaking (five times) BIFA Airfreight Award winning team eagerly await your enquiries.

Premium European Services

The UK’s leading independent provides quality services to and from all major locations across Eastern and Western Europe.

Unrivalled Ocean Freight

Unparalleled choice and flexibility are synonymous with the UK’s leading Ocean Freight provider.

Award Winning Airfreight

Our record breaking (five times) BIFA Airfreight Award winning team eagerly await your enquiries.

Unrivalled Ocean Freight

Unparalleled choice and flexibility are synonymous with the UK’s leading Ocean Freight provider.

Keep in Touch

Please subscribe to receive a monthly newsletter of our latest news and articles.
More News…..
COVID-19: Uniserve support the DHSC & NHS

COVID-19: Uniserve support the DHSC & NHS

Uniserve are moving goods by all modes of transport to deliver ventilators, goggles, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, as well as millions of litres of hand sanitiser urgently to where they are most desperately needed.

Please Share This Article

It only takes a couple of clicks and it would be greatly appreciated! Many Thanks