New year, old habits

The problem linked to the congestion in the major ports of Europe e United States.
No change of pace and situation - if possible - worse than at the end of 2021, with the Covid and the new variants that have weighed and are weighing in an important way on the movement of goods worldwide, from East to West.
The filling coefficient in the ports of northern Europe has reached levels never seen before, so much so that in most of the ports of Northern Range arriving ships have to wait from 1 to 4 working days before you can find an available dock.
In Great Britain, in the port of Felixstowe, waiting times even reach 7 8-days.

Disastrous situation in the US while China is anxiously controlling the emergency

If the situation is worrying in Europe, in the United States it is on the verge of disastrous.
The numbers in this case are impressive: in the Californian port of Long Beach the container ships are forced to wait at anchor from a minimum of 38 to a maximum of 45 days before you can find a dock available for docking.
The filling coefficient of the ports is however lower than in Europe, thanks to a wider reception basin and a totally different conformation from the main European commercial ports since birth.
Some discomfort also in China: the Beilun outbreak in Zhejiang jeopardized the movement of goods in the port of Ningbo, one of the main Chinese ports. However, the management of the emergency made it possible not to burden with delays and waits for departures and loading and unloading of goods.

It looks like a complicated year

Also 2022 looks like a really tough year for liners whose prerogative will be to deal with congestion problems on a daily basis, accompanied by a shortage of empty containers and a sustained growth in market demand.
It also goes towards an inevitable worsening of the reliability of timetables of global container lines.
As stated in the Sea-Intelligence, the index has maintained a fluctuation between 33 and 40% last year.
From the report published at the end of December by consultany firm it appears clear as in November the schedule reiability decreased by 16,4% compared to the same period of 2020, confirming the above trend.

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