To cope with the everchanging landscape of the supply chain and industry wide disruptions, Hamburg Sud Asia Pacific is by your side to provide you with relevant information for your decision making when moving cargo from the countries in Asia Pacific around the globe. We hope that with the right
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Ocean Freight will be an ongoing challenge
We expect strong export demand from Asia to continue in Q3 and vessels to be highly utilized, which will continue to put pressure on space allocation. We will continue to focus on how we can improve equipment and schedule reliability; our local Sales teams are coordinating closely with our customers based on our quarterly space protection and ad-hoc space as it becomes available. We encourage customers also to review our online product for guaranteed space.
In Australia and New Zealand, schedule reliability remains below 30% due to the port congestion, suspension of berthing windows in New Zealand and industrial action in Australia. In addition to our FERN and ASPA 2 (with Tauranga seasonal calls) services, we will add another vessel to our SENZ service to improve reliability.
Equipment shortages remain an industry-wide challenge in Asia Pacific. The 20-foot dry container supply is sufficient and can be a substitution option for 40-foot dry containers that are in short-supply. The below chart shows the current equipment status based on the main-loading ports in each country:
*Green color indicates the equipment availability is enough to cover demand forecast; Yellow color indicates it’s tight to cover demand forecast; Red color indicates it’s insufficient to cover demand forecast.
On North South trades exporting from Asia, port congestion is impacting scheduling and bookings. Our local teams can provide you the latest update for your specific destination ports.
On East-West trades exporting from Asia, the space situation is especially critical for Hamburg Sud.
Major Trade Lane Overview
| Asia to
|The Port of Buenaventura in Colombia has gradually reopened and new bookings are now being accepted. On the East Coast, congestion is impacting transshipment hubs including Buenos Aires, Santos, and Itapoa.||Strong|
|Asia to Oceania||Space is limited on all export services from Asia to Oceania, especially for the Cobra and Komodo services. Vessel sliding and port omissions may impact delivery times; we recommend customers to place bookings in advance to anticipate ongoing delays in ports in Australia and New Zealand.||Strong|
| Asia to
|The port of Hamburg is facing severe congestion. To protect schedule reliability, the NERA 1 service will omit Hamburg for the next two weeks and instead discharge cargo in Bremerhaven. Our Sales teams can also assist to review intermodal solutions for cargo originally planned to Hamburg.||Strong|
| Asia to
|We expect demand to the United States to continue strong through the traditional peak season and port congestion to make schedule reliability difficult. We have made adjustments to the vessel deployments in our services including adding a vessel to the TP Alaska service, deployed a larger vessel, Elly Maersk, for backlogs and launched the ASUS8 to the US East Coast. Our local Sales teams will coordinate with customers when space is available on additional vessels.||Strong|
Landside Transportation Update
Landside services across Asia are also experiencing bottlenecks and challenges, including trucker shortages and congestion. Hamburg Sud continues to introduce additional services and solutions to provide customers with a variety of choices to reduce delays. With inland services, we can try to prioritize equipment release.
Landside capacity in North and East China is sufficient to meet demand. We’ve recently launched sea rail products in North China to help customers in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia) and Shijiazhuang (Hebei) fast track their cargo by rail into Xingang port (Tianjin).
In South China, ground transportation is being affected by Yantian port congestion, with strict controls on gate in at Yantian (Shenzhen) and Shekou (Shenzhen). Road congestion around Nansha port (Guangzhou) is also increasing as carriers divert calls to this port.
Trucking services into Yantian, Shekou and Nansha ports need to be prebooked, and export laden containers gate in are subject to confirmation issued by port authorities.
Inland demand remains limited due to the Covid 19 impact. The upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics (July/August/September) might impact deliveries and turnaround times at the Tokyo container yard.
Vietnam trucking capacity is tight due to Covid 19 related labor shortages. A new inland hub has been created at Tan Cang Cai Cui in the Mekong Delta, offering increased flexibility to move cargo with the added convenience to pick up and return containers closer to production hubs.
Cambodia, we have introduced new landsea solutions at both Laem Chabang port in Thailand and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam port to support its peak season.
Trucking capacity is sufficient for export, import and domestic inland delivery. For customers who have limited facilities, we offer new inland sub products: utility yards for temporary container storage and loading/unloading activities.
We continue to offer the Hamburg Süd connection service for deliveries to Sydney via rail from Melbourne to help avoid delays due to industrial action in Sydney.
Major Ports Update