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01/21/2022

Space and equipment availability has continued to tighten over the past two weeks as carriers continue to cancel sailings and the pre-Chinese New Year rush approaches. Most of the capacity in the market is full through mid-February. The surge of the Omicron variant is further complicating operations in China and around the world as port closures and labor shortages due to rising infections are leading to additional delays.
Supply chain disruptions continue to abound. Containers continue to roll both at origin and transhipment ports. Ocean carriers continue to provide inaccurate information (if at all), including incorrect last free days and incorrect ETAs. Chassis shortages are rampant throughout the U.S. Trucker turn times at ramps and ports across the U.S. remain excessive. U.S. ports and ramps are unable to accept empty returns due to severe congestion at the terminals forcing truckers to store containers and importers to pay extra daily ges (chassis, storage, per diem) until the terminal can take the empty.
Shippers should expect delays, unexpected disruptions, and higher costs when Canada and the US impose Covid-19 vaccine mandates on cross-border truckers. Canada imposed a vaccine requirement on US Truckers on Saturday, January 15th and the US is expected to follow with a mandate for all foreign truckers entering the US later in January.

Sailing disruptions and capacity woes continue to plague Indian exporters. MSC has cancelled Indian port calls on its India-USA service this week, and Hapag has announced a number of routing rearrangements on its IEX service resulting in the omission of Visakhapatam port.

The Georgia Port Authority is using a spare runway at Georgia’s Statesboro Airport for the first time as a pop-up storage site for a large retail importer. This pop-up site is inted to clear the current port congestion by providing an nate site for container storage which will allow the port authority to unload other vessels and to not overwhelm the Garden City Terminal with cargo.

As Ningbo ports recover from the recent spread of Covid-19 infections, two other Chinese ports, Shenzhen and Xingang, fall victim to the new Omicron variant. Shenzhen ports are , however a negative nucleic test within 48 hours is required to enter the port. Xingang is also , however trucking service is restricted and labor shortages are expected to delay cargo delivery.

The Ocean Alliance has announced two new trans-Pacific express services into the North American West Coast and one to the US Southeast. These new services are expected to start booking in April.

Airfreight rates have remained s over the past two weeks. Air cargo warehouses throughout the U.S. continue to experience delays in cargo availability and truckers are still experiencing longer than normal wait time to pick up freight.


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