Ongoing Shipping Delays/Congestion/Omissions – NOV 2021


  • Impending MUA action over the Christmas period – not officially announced as yet
  • Driver shortages in Europe/US


  • Transhipment delays/congestion are incurring at all major transhipment ports – up to 6 weeks delay with further delays expected with the incoming
  • Omissions continue while the Shipping Lines work through schedule recovery
  • Equipment/space remains in high demand – equipment issues in South East Asia are becoming more challenging with bookings not being received until mid – late NOV
  • Cancellations of bookings due to equipment/space/transhipment issues/blank sailings are being experienced


  • Congestion and delay ex all major CN ports continue
  • No further GRI announcements at this stage
  • Freight rates are beginning to stabilise


  • Equipment issues and overbooking in Indonesia are now becoming a challenge. At this stage, we have had to rebook shipments and look for alternative solutions – we aim to book cargo under our preferred rate with FAK as an alternative option
  • Lack of equipment and overbooked vessels are leading to shipments being rolled and congestion at origin ports
  • South East Asia transhipment ports are highly congested and as a result shipping lines have CANCELLED sailings to ease the congestion



  • 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
  • BLANK sailings have been announced impacting Import/Export into all major European hubs
  • Shipping line are declining bookings/quotation requests due to schedule recovery/over capacity
  • Driver shortages across the Europe and the UK – UK lead time from port to delivery is on average 10 days post arrival


  • No further PIA action has been announced – however, there has been announcement that Patricks has applied to the FWC for termination of the agreement with the MUA due to the ongoing disputes
  • Fuel charges continue to increase in AU due to the global shortage
  • Tentative information from the terminals is that PIA action may be planned for closer to the Christmas period
  • PONDUS weight amendment fee is now applicable in BNE and MEL – we are working with the suppliers to be compliant