North Europe: Key Region Ports - Expected terminal strike in German ports

Dear Valued Customer,

Hamburg Süd is preparing for a 48-hour workforce strike across terminals in Germany, after the latest round of CLA negotiations between trade union ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) failed to reach a successful conclusion.

The strike is set to run from

6:00am on Thursday 14 July 2022
6:00am on Saturday 16 July 2022,

directly affecting our operations in Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhemshaven.

Please note that at this stage, negotiations are still ongoing between the parties and there could be changes to the scheduled strike action at the very last minute, including the possibility of an agreement being reached and the strike being cancelled. We will communicate any further information to you as soon as possible.

Having analysed all the information at our disposal right now, Hamburg Süd has decided to observe a full stoppage for rail, road and ocean freight for both import and export across our German terminals for the duration of the planned strike. We have evaluated all impacted vessels and have no plans to omit ports or stop operations. Our aim is to return to business as usual serving your global logistics needs from 6:00am on Saturday 16 July 2022.

In the interest of minimising any further disruption to your supply chain, Hamburg Süd will be keeping a close eye on developments up to and during the next round of negotiations between trade union ver.di and ZDS, and will inform you of any updates as soon as they are available.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Customer Experience representative if you have any questions. Our teams are always here to support you should you need further assistance.

Kind regards,
Your Hamburg Süd Team