Europe, Middle East, Africa

updated as of 6 January 2023

On the ocean

We will continue to adapt our product and add capacity where possible in accordance with the forecasts that our customer provide. Though vessel schedules continue to be disrupted due to port congestion and other issues at ports throughout the region.

In ports and terminals

The ports continue to see delays due to high cargo volumes, which combined with labor shortage in all terminals and vehicle processing centers due to Covid-19 and government restrictions further compounds the delays.

: Terminal capacity constraints are easing, but volume throughput continues at a strong pace as OEMs look to year end/quarter end sales targets. Berth 44 is planned to be taken out for maintenance which will reduce the port berth capacity for a period.. While we have seen some resolve on Industrial action in some sectors, there however remains pressure in the ports, rail and postal sectors. We still see little impact on our operations. Positive dialogues and action plans continue without major OEM/Shippers to regulate the cargo flow into and out of the terminal which reduces gate congestions and assists in yard management.

: Terminal yard and berths are being highly utilized which leads to space constraints and vessel delays. The terminals reached saturation due to large volumes of import cargo as well as growing dwell times due to general shortage of trucking capacity. To ease the situation, we continue to look for options to divert to other ports in Netherlands or Germany, provided customer’s acceptance.

: Shortage of labor will be expected because of Christmas holidays.

: Terminal occupation decreased to 75 percent. The operational handling of the vessels in December were carried out without any delays. Despite increased H&H turnover in January, timely handling in ship operations is expected due to more available workforce.

: Congestions expected as we suffer from lack of labor due to manpower reorganization.

: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high export volumes.

: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high ​import volumes.

: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high import and export volume.

Durban East London
: The terminal was closed on December 25th and January 1st, 2023, for public holidays.

At our processing centres

Vehicle processing
Zeebrugge: Our vehicle processing center is open and operational. Hours of operation remain the same and staff is equipped with safety materials to prevent exposure.

Dubai: Our vehicle processing center is open and operational. Staff is continuing to work closely with customers to support increased storage requirements.

Equipment processing
Zeebrugge: Our equipment processing center is open and operational. As storage capacity continues to be stretched, we encourage customers to pick up their cargo as soon as possible. Regular hours of operation remain in place.

Dubai: Our equipment processing center is open and operational. We are working with our customers to support their additional storage requirements.

As OEMs continue to operate with varied manufacturing schedules and as they face new and potentially unforeseen challenges, we are committed to supporting our customers to maintain a healthy supply chain. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs further.