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Shipping to / from Asia-Pacific: August market update

As global disruptions are likely to continue in some form until the end of the year, we are doing our utmost to keep you on top of our capacity development and to support your service to customers.

The current strong and sustained demand is impacting Asia-North America trade and translating into significant shortages of vessels available for charter, therefore affecting carriers’ capacity.

The strain of delays and congestion have first been worsened by the impacts of Covid-19 on US ports and now by a particularly heavy typhoon season in China – which eventually has forced port evacuations and temporarily closures. Read more information below.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • For the West Coast (USWC), Maersk have launched a new Transpacific Express Service to increase direct coverage from East and South China to and from Los Angeles, and to significantly help with Southeast Asia origins by transhipping via Yantian. Unfortunately, as of Today, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai ports are congested with a wait time of 3 days.
  • For the East Coast (USEC), Maersk have launched a service, covering Vung Tau/Shanghai to Norfolk/Baltimore via the Panama Canal to help Vietnam direct connections to the US East Coast and to create a new linkage from Vung Tau in Vietnam to Shanghai, China, improving connectivity within Asia for shippers.
  • From a destination side, Europe’s main ports are being impacted as well: Antwerp already sees wait times up to 10 days.
  • Overall, with a current global idling rate around 1.0 – 1 .5%, we see a significant drop from the 10.6% we saw back in Q2, 2020.

At Maersk we are doing our best to mitigate the impact this situation might be causing you and your end customers. We are therefore diverting vessels, as well as monitoring neighbouring ports, with the objective of minimising any potential delays as best as possible.

We invite you to keep an eye on this page for future updates. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Maersk Customers Alerts and get notified via email.

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Maersk to add 40-foot-high cube containers to its fleet throughout summer

As the demand of dry containers increases exponentially and congestions across the supply chain infrastructure remain, Maersk is tripling the number in fleet in 2021 than what would be in-fleeted under normal circumstances. To support our customers’ export requirements, Maersk has taken measures to alleviate this by adding 40-foot-high cube containers to our fleet through the summer.

Meanwhile, landside services across Asia are facing a range of challenges, including trucker shortages and congestion that are ultimately impacting availability, scheduling and capacity.

Maersk continues to introduce extra services and solutions that provide customers with a variety of choices to reduce delays. For further information on landside transportation read below.

Asia Pacific landside transportation update:

  • Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan: Landside capacity in North and East China is sufficient to meet demand. We’ve recently launched sea-rail products in North China to help customers in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia) and Shijiazhuang (Hebei) fast track their cargo by rail into Xingang port (Tianjin). In South China, ground transportation is being affected by Yantian port congestion, with strict controls on gate-in at Yantian (Shenzhen) and Shekou (Shenzhen). Road congestion around Nansha port (Guangzhou) is also increasing as carriers divert calls to this port. Trucking services into Yantian port need to be pre-booked, and export laden containers gate-in are subject to confirmation issued by Yantian port. For customers who require cross pick at Shekou port, Maersk can provide inland drayage as an alternative solution. China Intercontinental Rail continues to experience space constraints. With the upcoming summer peak and the ripple effect from Yantian port disruption, we expect space restrictions to continue in Q3. In June, Maersk launched new block trains from Shandong, China to Poland and Germany.

  • Japan and Korea: Inland demand remains limited due to the Covid-19 impact. The upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics (July/August/September) might impact deliveries and turnaround times at the Tokyo container yard. Our Maersk AE19 ocean-rail service from Asia to northern Europe has seen an increase in customer demand and space constraints, particularly on the ocean leg to Vostochny in Russia. We see this persisting through Q3. We are working with ports and rail partners to provide more weekly train services to meet demand.

  • Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia: Vietnam trucking capacity is tight due to Covid-19 related labour shortages. A new inland hub has been created at Tan Cang Cai Cui in the Mekong Delta, offering increased flexibility to move cargo with the added convenience to pick up and return containers closer to production hubs. Myanmar trucking capacity is still constrained due to the on-going political crisis. For Cambodia, we have introduced new land-sea solutions at both Laem Chabang port in Thailand and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam port to support its peak season.

  • Australia and New Zealand: We continue to offer the Maersk Connect service for deliveries to Sydney via rail from Melbourne to help avoid delays due to industrial action in Sydney.

  • Indonesia and Philippines: Trucking capacity is sufficient for export, import and domestic inland delivery. For customers who have limited facilities, we offer new inland sub-products: utility yards for temporary container storage and loading/unloading activities.

Logistics planners advised to prepare for hurricane season

The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs every year from June to November and marks one of the biggest seasonal supply chain disruptor events requiring business experts ad hoc, prompt planning.

Hence, the importance of digitizing supply chain information to ensure proper visibility and optimal management in locations affected by storms. More insights follow below.

Overall, during and after major disasters, Maersk Special Project Logistics is there to support you together with FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and many other private sector partners participating in the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC).

Read the official press release here and stay updated on the latest in global shipping.

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With the global pressure seen on today’s supply chains, it is more important this year perhaps than any in recent history to plan ahead with suppliers and logistics service providers to put contingency plans in place as early as possible to mitigate the effects of seasonal climate risk.

Rob Townley
Head of Maersk Special Project Logistics, based in Washington D.C.

Popular routes and ports updates

Here’s an overview of local insights you might need to know before shipping internationally. Make sure to keep track of these updates via our Maersk Shipment App or by contacting our customer support team via chat, available 24/7.

Region Vessels waiting time < 1 day Vessels waiting time > 1 - 3 days Vessels waiting time > 3 days
Region
Asia-Pacific Ports
Vessels waiting time < 1 day
Busan, Qingdao
Vessels waiting time > 1 - 3 days
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Chiwan, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Sydney
Vessels waiting time > 3 days
Yantian, Napier, Auckland
Region
Rest of the World
Vessels waiting time < 1 day
Savannah, Mobile
Vessels waiting time > 1 - 3 days
Colombo, Mundra, Cape Town, Durban, Houston
Vessels waiting time > 3 days
Apapa, Onne, Dar Es Salaam, Sudan, Buenaventura, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Vancouver, Haifa, Hamburg
Ocean Trade 20s containers availability 40s containers availability Details
Ocean Trade
Asia Ports
20s containers availability
Yes
40s containers availability
No
Details
shortage of 40ft equipment
Ocean Trade
Mediterranean Ports
20s containers availability
Yes
40s containers availability
No
Details
shortage of 40ft equipment