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Unprecedented congestion to hit exporters as importers fail to collect cargo
14 Apr, 2020

Global container supply chains could be facing an unprecedented congestion crisis, as isolated hotspots of boxes pile up at ports, and container freight stations expand and spread.

As news this week emerged of huge backlogs of containers building up at key Indian gateways such as Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Chennai, forwarders warned that over the next month port congestion in some parts of the world would lead to shortages of equipment elsewhere and create significant liability issues for shippers globally.

Key to the problem are the social lockdowns that have prevented dockers from going to ports to unload cargo from ships, as well as truckers being unable to collect import cargo from container terminals and container freight stations - at India's east coast gateway of Chennai there is a reported build-up of some 50,000 boxes.

 

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