Updated: Nov 11, 2021
1. Expectations that Maersk will not offer services to some customers including some freight forwarders
Expectations that one of the world’s major container carriers will not offer services to some customers including some freight forwarders could be seen as an abuse of its dominant market position and a denial of service.
Maersk is currently negotiating contracts with customers and is aware that it cannot offer space to all those that need it. As a result, Maersk is giving a greater priority to those that will take door-to-door or will use more of Maersk’s integrated services.
2. Backlog of ships at LA/LB worst ever, box volumes surge to new highs
THE major backlog of container ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is the worst they've ever been, with 100 ships waiting to enter and unload as of last Tuesday.
The two Southern California ports account for 40 per cent of all shipping containers entering the US. The backlog is expected to get worse with another 45 ships expected to arrive at the ports shortly.
3. Wan Hai Lines to launch independent Asia to US East Coast service
TAIWAN's Hai Lines is to launch a new AA7 service between Asia and the East Coast of North America. The carrier said in a statement that the new service is aimed at strengthening its current Asia-US network to meet the continuous strong market demand by providing added capacity with market competitive transit times into US East Coasts. Wan Hai will be deploying eleven 2,800 to 4,00 TEU ships on the service with a port rotation of : Ningbo (CNNGB), Taipei, Xiamen, Shekou, Cai Mep, Port Klang West (MYPKG), New York, Savannah and returning to Ningbo.
4. Booking suspension from the World to Port Sudan
MSC and Hapag Lloyd announced they will stop booking acceptance from origin to Port Sudan with immediate effective due to an unforeseeable civil unrest situation resulted in the suspension of port operations at the Port of Sudan, Sudan.
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