22.08.2014 | Three weeks after introducing the congestion surcharge, there is still no prospect of the situation in the container port of Rotterdam improving. We are still being assigned slots which are much later than planned. In fact, just now our vessels are taking 50% longer than normal on average to get processed in the Port of Rotterdam. This means that at present the overall situation is substantially worse than even in July.
Unfortunately the measures announced by Rotterdam, such as the re-directing of barges to other terminals, have not yet had any noticeable effect. For this reason, the Port of Rotterdam authority is trying to mediate between ECT and the association of container barge operators (LINC), in order to find constructive solutions together.
Until all these steps have helped to alleviate the situation, we shall continue to charge a 15 EUR surcharge per container. This enables us to react flexibly to the bottlenecks. In concrete terms we can, when necessary, approach other terminals, implement trucking within the seaport and charter additional tonnage.
We are closely monitoring the situation in the Port of Rotterdam and will inform you as soon as there is any change in the situation.
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