High yard occupancy at ECT Delta & Euromax Container Terminal in Rotterdam as well as multiple container terminals in the port of Antwerp have reached critical levels according to a multitude of sources. The main driver is the Increasing container dwell times, which is causing operational disturbance. Ocean freight carriers in cooperation with the terminals are implementing a multitude of measures in order to alleviate the disturbance. Implemented measures are already applicable as of 20th of June 2022 and are including, but not limited to the following measures:
- Evacuation of long-standing import containers to stacking areas, in which all additional costs are directly charged to customers.
- Rejection of empty containers by road, barge rail
- The rejection of full containers by road, barge, rail
- Additional storage Fee’s (differentiating per carrier & terminal operator) on top of the storage/DND/YOC.
According to COSCO Shipping Lines Netherlands, reasons for the additional measures are due to the fact that already taken measures have not created the desired effect . Average container dwell times remain extremely high and are not expected to alleviate without additional measures in place.
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