North Europe: Key Region Ports

Update on the situation in the Ports of Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Rotterdam

Dear Valued Customer,

Please find some updates on the North European key port situation:

Ports of Bremerhaven & Hamburg

While yard density and situation at the terminal in Bremerhaven is stabilising, we continue to see challenges pertaining to the shortage of truck drivers. Our teams were able to procure additional capacities, the overall inland situation is still difficult, with inland terminals connected to the Port running full.

The Port of Hamburg continues to face challenges such as high yard density levels, long berth waiting times, and vessel deviation to alternative ports to mitigate the impact of disruptions.

Ports of Antwerp & Rotterdam

Multiple factors continue to pose adverse effect on operations in both key region ports.

The barge situation is becoming more critical as water levels on the Rhine continue to drop. Measuring point Kaub reports water levels below 40cm mark, making barge transport impossible to and from many locations. This is putting additional strain on other modes of transport and additional delays are inevitable at this point. Hamburg Süd teams are doing their utmost to find alternative solutions and procure capacities on alternative modes of transport.

Potential strike action Port of Felixstowe

For all four key ports delays are expected due to the announced eight-day strike action at the Port of Felixstowe from 21 August until 29 August. With regards to the negotiations surrounding strike action at German ports, discussions are still ongoing between trade union ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS). While there was no agreement on 10 August, the parties are scheduled for further talks on 22 August. We are closely monitoring the situation and will inform you of any developments as soon as possible.

We understand that the current situation continues to cause frustration for your operations, and we appreciate your understanding while we work on mitigating further delays.

To limit delays and reduce terminal yard density, we kindly ask you to please pick up full import containers as swiftly as possible after discharge or requesting dispatch to structurally stabilise the situation in the port.

Despite all our efforts, we expect the situation to remain critical over the coming weeks. Should there be any changes, we will communicate them as soon as possible, together with further actions we are taking to minimise disruptions.

We hope to be able to give you a detailed update, in case of any open questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Customer Experience representative .

We are always by your side.

Kind Regards,

Your Hamburg Süd Team