The problems in the port of Gothenburg continue. We don't receive much information about the progress of the negotiations but especially export containers suffer sever problems as the port only opens up during short intervals for export goods that have an imminent closing-time. The situation in the harbor also creates turbulence regarding import containers. This generates additional costs as waiting hours and container demurrage. We have received indications that additional costs which incurre the LCL traffic will be charged ahead. We hope for your understanding as these costs are directly related to the prevailing conflict situation in the Gothenburg port, and nothing we can influence.
The rates during the past month have been quite stable and we have already received rates valid in February without any significant increases. The space is however very tight as we approach the Chinese New Year between 27/1 - 2/2.
The problems in the Gothenburg port continues. A strike is scheduled for tomorrow 24 January from 12.00 to 20.00, which means that the port more or less will be closed all day.
We also like to inform you regarding the new customs rules for GSP certificates. GSP will be phased out and replaced by an authorization which the exporter must apply for, called REX. Please read more in the attachement.
All shipping lines have at the beginning of the year made quite moderate changes in the rates, around plus US $ 150 / TEU.
However there are still problems in the Gothenburg port. Last week delays incurred due to storm and heavy weather and the overtime ban which means that the port is not able to put in extra resources. Despite the ongoing dialogue, the Dockworkers Union announced a new strike notice. The strike is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 January, from 12:00 to 20:00.