Congestion of ports in the Far East

The coronavirus has led to serious congestion problems in seaports in China and some other Far East locations

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We will continuously monitor the situation and keep you informed about any developments relevant to your consignments

06 February 2020 16:40

Onward transport from the seaports to final destinations in general have been reduced due to the contamination risk.

For shipments in Reefer containers there are additional bottlenecks because of the requirement for power supply to the containers after discharge.

The congestion problems have now raised to a point where major container shipping lines have introduced countermeasures such as discharge of containers in alternative ports, the introduction of congestion fees or even return the containers to the origin.

The container shipping lines will, based on their general terms and conditions and applicable transport regulation, hold their customers responsible for all additional costs following from such countermeasures, such as but not limited to storage, demurrage and plugging costs at alternative port or extra forwarding costs. Such costs will be for the customer’s account and will be payable upon delivery. The container shipping lines will not accept any liability whatsoever for any delay, loss or damage to cargo following from circumstances beyond the container shipping lines control such as the coronavirus, which risks and costs shall be for customer’s account.

We will as your freight forwarder do what we can to mitigate any costs and inconveniences following from such measures, but will, to the extent that the container shipping lines hold us responsible, hold you responsible for all additional costs following from countermeasures implemented, such as but not limited to congestion fees, storage, demurrage and plugging costs at alternative port or extra forwarding costs. Such costs will be for your account and will be payable upon delivery. We will, as the container shipping lines, also not accept any liability whatsoever towards you as our customer for any delay, loss or damage to cargo following from circumstances beyond our control such as coronavirus, which risks and costs shall be for your account.

We will continuously monitor the situation and keep you informed about any developments relevant to your consignments and will if relevant take contact in order to take instructions on how to proceed.

If you are planning new shipments to the Far East you must take due consideration to the existing congestion and its possible negative impact on such shipments.

Please feel free to reach out to your local Blue Water contact if you have question to the above - find your nearest Blue Water office.

06 February 2020 16:40

For further information

Contact

Frank Madsen

Frank Madsen

Global Director

Reefer Logistics Sea

frma@bws.net

+45 7913 4034

Frank was employed in 1992. He has gathered his comprehensive experience within reefer as well as air and sea solutions from being stationed abroad and in Denmark.