Most shipping lines are now reporting serious shortages of empty containers for loading throughout Asia. The most serious issues appear to be in India where a number of ports and container depots have no empty containers available.
The shortages have been caused by a number of factors including congestion in European, US and Australian ports restricting empty loading back to Asia, extended time taken to unload containers in destination countries and general disruption to flows caused by revised sailing schedules and changes to vessels being used. Shipping lines are also reporting larger than expected loadings from Asia in a prolonged peak season which has little sign of slowing down.
Our teams are working tirelessly with the individual shipping lines to secure bookings, vessel space and empty containers, but the situation is highly dynamic as lines try to implement solutions to the problem. We ask that accurate forecasts are provided as far in advance as possible to enable our procurement teams to work with the carriers to secure space.