Effects of the situation in the Red Sea

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Delays and capacity bottlenecks due to disruptions and ship diversions

In view of the current events and to ensure the safety of their crews, shipping companies such as MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd have decided to suspend passage through the Red Sea and thus also through the Suez Canal with immediate effect until further notice. Instead, they are now rerouting their ships via the Cape of Good Hope, resulting in an additional transit time of at least 10 days. The extended transit times are associated with additional freight costs due to the changed routing. In addition, the shipping companies charge war risk surcharges for the affected routes. 

In addition to the aforementioned effects, industry experts expect the rerouting via the Cape of Good Hope to absorb 20-30% of the available capacity. We therefore advise making bookings as early as possible, at least two to three weeks in advance, not least in view of the upcoming Chinese New Year in February.


Look for alternative transportation solutions

Of course, we will secure capacity with our team in advance to be able to handle the upcoming volume. However, an alternative transport solution in the Railway or SeaAir sector may work better for your freight.

Our sales team will be happy to advise you on a solution that makes sense for your freight.