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January / February 2022


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Port congestion in Europe and the US continues to slow the return of boxes to Asia


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China moving containers faster

Containers are now moving in and out of China at record time containers spent in depots last year were the US and the UK speeds as shippers desperately source capacity , but port which suffered average dwell times of 50 and 51 days , respectively . congestion in Europe and the US continues to slow the return The next worst performers were South Africa ( 47 days ), UAE ( 40 of boxes to Asia and is stymying the recovery of global ocean days ), Pakistan ( 31 days ) and Germany ( 25 days ). supply chains .

Schlingmeier added : “ Container shipping rates have bounced back
According to a joint report published in January by logistics after a slight downturn in the fourth quarter with the Shanghai technology company Container xChange and research organisation Containerized Freight Index ( SCFI ) breaking through the 5,000 mark Fraunhofer – CML , as the rush to get exports to buyers soared last at the end of December . Port congestion is a major factor . Jefferies year , the average median time containers spent in Chinese depots Equity Research found that in November last year some 36.2 percent dropped to just five days , down from 61 days in 2020 . of boxship capacity was at port . Until that congestion is cleared , China was not alone among leading exporters in seeing rapid box we ’ ll continue to have major imbalances in the supply and demand turnarounds last year . Vietnam , Singapore , Thailand and Indonesia of both vessel capacity and containers . As the Omicron variant recorded average median times that containers spent in depots of brings more disruption , with Chinese New Year around the corner nine , 11 , 16 and 19 days , respectively . and some ports including Ningbo already facing lockdowns , we are “ Once containers reach Asia , they are being redeployed at record expecting a volatile start to the year for ocean freight logistics .” speeds . However , the mismatch between supply and demand at The study found that in the US , the second-worst performer in many origin ports , including in China , means it is sometimes hard terms of the average median time containers spent in depots in for US and European importers to secure boxes unless they have 2021 , performance varied hugely by port . Across the country , planned ahead , or are working closely with their box supplier , average dwell times were 50 days last year ( 2021 ), down from 66 forwarder or container line , to ensure they have both a vessel slot days in 2020 . New York recorded 61 days of container idle time and a container available in advance ,” commented Dr Johannes followed by Houston ( 59 days ) and Savannah ( 56 days ). The ports of Schlingmeier , co-founder and CEO of Container xChange
LA and LB , on average recorded 40 to 42 days of container idle By contrast , severe congestion in many destination ports saw time . container dwell times at depots reach near-record levels in 2021 . The worst performing countries in terms of the average median http :// container-xchange . com

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Opening doors in APAC

Den Hartogh Logistics has identified the Asia Pacific ( APAC ) region as a key engine of growth and has the ambition to be a leading regional tank operator offering one-stop deepsea and intra-APAC logistics services . As a step along this journey , Den Hartogh announced a merger with the MUTO group of companies operating in Korea , Thailand and Malaysia . MUTO Global Thailand and MBT Global Malaysia will be rebranded as Den Hartogh Thailand and Den Hartogh Malaysia , respectively . The MUTO Logix Korea branding will be retained and rebranded as a member of Royal Den Hartogh Logistics . With the merger , Den Hartogh is confident of increasing customer satisfaction by providing tanks at the right place , right time and in right quantities . Den Hartogh will be positioned to serve its customers better in Seoul , Bangkok and Klang with more personalised and innovative logistics solutions . MUTO started its journey in 2003 in Korea . Founded by BS Kim , MUTO quickly established itself a leading independent logistics providers for the Korean chemical and petrochemical market . With a strong focus on customer relationships , reliable service and the ability to create fit for purpose solutions , MUTO has been able to strengthen its position in the Korean and intra-APAC market . In 2007 MUTO reinforced its physical presence in APAC with offices in Thailand and Malaysia . Currently , it is one of the largest intra- APAC operators , with a team of more than 60 people , operating a fleet of around 2,500 tanks . The Den Hartogh APAC team also launched a dedicated APAC website subdomain – apac . denhartogh . com On this the team will share APAC specific news and information .

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With the merger , Den Hartogh will be positioned to serve customers better in Seoul , Bangkok and Klang