Several major terminals and ports in Asia are suffering from congestion due to rapid growth in the freight forwarding industry. Freight forwarders and shipping analysts are now calling for urgent investment into these ports to increase capacity and reduce congestion.
This has been caused by the increase in the size of vessels used to transport cargo worldwide. An average vessel now carries up to 4000 containers, whereas only a few years ago the average vessel had a 1000-2000 container capacity. This major leap has increased the strain on terminal capacity at many Asian ports.
- Vietnam: New terminals have recently opened in Vietnam, but there is still room for improvement in operations and size of terminals.
- Indonesia and Jakarta: Growth is good and potential is strong but investment in ports is desperately needed to realise the potential in this growth. Severe backlogs are being seen as exports from Asia surge.
- Bangladesh: In the port of Chittagong the volume of containers has been causing problems.
If you are looking to import or export to or from Asia and are concerned about the congestion currently being seen at ports in these countries, contact Mercator Cargo Systems now for up to date information, advice and solutions to your freight forwarding.
Our global network of freight forwarders with over 225 offices in over 82 countries worldwide means we are able to get up to date, local and specialist on the ground knowledge of the freight situation in almost any country worldwide. This truly comprehensive network means we are able to offer you a superior and informed global freight forwarding service.