The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) on Tuesday, March 30, 2021:
Ships Moving in Suez Canal after Ever Given Freed
Ships were starting to move in the Suez Canal after the dislodging of the giant Ever Given container ship cleared the key trade route for traffic.
There were 437 ships waiting to transit through the waterway, shipping agent GAC said earlier, citing the canal authority. Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG expects the backlog to be cleared within four days.
Although vessel traffic is now moving again, the incident is expected to have an ongoing impact on the already strained container shipping sector for weeks and months to come. The Asia-Europe trade lane will be hardest hit by the congestion, but the impact is anticipated to be felt in North America as well.
For more information, please call Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1308.