Exporting suffers from severe capacity problems
24 April 2017
Exports from the Netherlands to countries in the Far and Middle East have faced capacity issues for some time now. Meanwhile, other freight routes are also under pressure. What causes these problems, what are the consequences and the possible solutions?
Less space, more cargo
Since April 1st this year, the new alliances have begun. The new collaborations have brought about many changes. As a result shipping routes, transit times and shipping schedules have been changed. Minor ports are affected, whilst others are no longer directly connected.
In addition, a lot of shipping capacity was lost with the bankruptcy of shipping company, Hanjin. This occurred at a time where there was also an increase in cargo levels. The volume of Dutch good exports rose by about 8% relative to a year ago. The space shortage is further complicated by a build-up that has occurred over previous months, with many containers still sitting in Rotterdam terminals awaiting sea transport.
Serious capacity issues lead to higher tariffs and surcharges
The capacity problems have led to a huge increase in export tariffs. For now, it appears that there will be no change to this situation in the short term. In addition to the increases, surcharges have been introduced. These are applied when there are late cancellations or changes to shipments.
Plan export shipments accurately
Such capacity problems and surcharges make good planning of export shipments vital. We therefore advise you to plan your exports as early as possible and to send this information through to us. In this way, there is a greater chance that your shipment will arrive on time at its final destination. Have you any other questions relating to the capacity problems? Your contact person is ready to help you.
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