Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Market Update

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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

The Latest Industry Update

  • Yantian, South China: The recent flare-up in Covid 19 cases in the area and subsequent contingency measures have negatively impacted equipment availability and scheduling. The productivity in Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) has resumed to full operation as of 24/June. Many vessels have had to omit Yantian and or make diverting calls in nearby ports such as Shekou , Nansha and Hong Kong. As such, the congestion has spread, increased berth waiting times and restricted laden gate in.

    The accumulation of delays is having a wider effect forvoyages to most global destinations and empty equipment repositioning. Landside congestion has eased, but we recommend that all trucking services into Yantian Shekou and Nansha are reserved in advance; the acceptance of export laden containers are still limited.

    Customers could consider switching export containers to other ports in the coming weeks and use 20 foot containers to substitute the shortage of 40’foot containers when possible. Hamburg Sud local offices can advise and work with you on alternatives.
  • Hamburg Sud as part of the Maersk Group is tripling the number of dry containers in our fleet during 2021; during quarter 3 we will begin to see the influx. Strong demand, production bottlenecks and lockdowns have led to congestion across the supply chain infrastructure.

    Consequently, containers have stayed longer in ports or onboard ships, which has reduced the effective number of containers in active circulation.
  • We are excited that TradeLens is now available in China, through collaboration with China Unicom Digital Tech. TradeLens is a neutral and secure digital platform that aims to replace manual and paper based documents with secure blockchain enabled digital solutions. It is supported by Maersktogether with other major shipping industry players across the Globe.

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 Instant 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

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Trades Comments Demand Trends
Asia to
Latin America
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
North America
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

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