North Europe: Key Region Ports

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

Dear Valued Customer,

As congestion issues continue across North Europe, Hamburg Süd teams have been keeping a close eye on developments and taking action where necessary in order to minimise the impact on your supply chains.

Frequent industrial strike action at German ports has been one of the key drivers behind the disruption, but we’re pleased to report that trade union ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) have now reached an agreement over employee salaries until May 2024.

While this is extremely positive news for logistics operations across Europe, there always remains a very small risk of workers going on strike without union backing. Should anything be set to occur in the coming months, we will keep customers informed as soon as possible.

Elsewhere, low port productivity and long berth waiting times are continuing to pose challenges across German terminals. To limit delays and help maintain terminal operations at a feasible level, we kindly request you to please continue picking up full import containers or requesting dispatch as swiftly as possible after discharge.

In our last communication, we reported low water levels on the Rhine causing significant disruption to barge transportation in Europe. Recent rainfall has meant Hamburg Süd has been able to continue barge activity in several locations and clear the initial backlog, however we do expect levels to drop again and will provide an update on proceedings should that be the case.

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