Ongoing Shipping Delays/Congestion/Omission

Moving forward, our partners at ADM Global will be providing us with an update on each newsletter on international shipping. The delays in shipping and increased shipping costs have significantly impacted the price of timber over the past 18 months. We hope you find the information useful.


  • Transshipment delays/congestion are occurring at all major transshipment ports – up to 4-6 weeks delay
  • Omissions continue while the Shipping Lines work through schedule recovery
  • Equipment/space remains in high demand
  • GRI’s (general rate increases) are being received on average every fortnight
  • PS (peak season) surcharges have been announced and are now in effect


  • Congestion and delay ex all major CN ports continue. South China is now back to full productivity however, they are still in recovery  
  • GRI’s (general rate increases) have been announced for MID-AUG as freight rates continue to rise with GRI’s (general rate increases) for SEP now announced for 1st SEP
  • NINGBO port has been impacted by positive Covid-19 cases and as such one of the main container terminals has CLOSED and is rejecting vessel berths/gating in of containers. However, it has been announced that they will partially re-open in the coming days. There is an estimated decline of 39% of throughput at the terminal – a recovery of backlog/congestion is anticipated
  • PEAK SEASON surcharge has been announced effective as of 16.08


  • Bookings ex SEA continue to experience delays with the partial shutdown on SEA ports
  • The outbreak of Covid-19 continues in Vietnam – currently estimated to have a backlog of 100000 TEU’s of cargo – the situation continues to unfold


  • There is currently an average of 38 vessels at anchor off the coast of Long Beach port at any one time – the terminals are continuously challenged to work through the ongoing backlog.
  • Intermodal services in the US have been suspended with many containers not being moved from ports into inland locations, creating further delays and in particular on the intermodal (train network) and trucking services.


  • Suspension of services continue with many lines rejecting new bookings while the congestion is cleared out.
  • Schedule recovery is the main concern/goal to regain some order to the fractured network.


  • No current PIA action has been announced – we will monitor closely.
  • Australia port omissions are increasing for schedule recovery.
  • Ongoing delays with Australian Quarantine are being experienced with the impending BMSB season looking to add more strain on the department.