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Container Transshipment Ports See Heavy September Cargo Rollovers

The ratio of container rollovers remained far higher compared to a year earlier at most maritime hubs, according to Ocean Insights, the world’s leading real-time and predictive ocean container tracking data provider to forwarders and shippers.

However, supply chain disruption due to container rollovers at leading transshipment ports eased marginally for shippers in September compared to August.

The latest global container port rollover findings were compiled by analyzing Ocean Insights’ proprietary global container tracking data through to the end of September.

The results revealed that in most leading container shipping hubs between a fifth and a third of transshipment cargo was subject to rollovers, adding to the supply chain disruption experienced by shippers in many parts of the world due to capacity and equipment shortages.

Josh Brazil, Chief Operations Officer at Ocean insights said: “Container lines were taken by surprise by the surge in demand for shipments as coronavirus lockdowns were eased during the summer.

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“Schedules are clearly still suffering significant disruption and, in many ports, this is being exacerbated by equipment shortages which are adding to rate inflation and logistics bottlenecks and inefficiencies.

“As a result, carriers are frequently rolling cargo, which can result in significant delays and knock-on costs for customers, especially if they are not notified by the line in advance, which customers tell us is quite common.

“Early indications in October suggest supply chain disruptions and significant rollovers will continue deep into the fourth quarter as peak season demand continues to surprise.”

Dubai’s Jebel Ali port saw rollovers, calculated by Ocean Insights as the percentage of cargo arriving at the port for transshipment that was shipped on a different vessel than originally scheduled, drop to 31.8% in September from 34.9% in August.

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