maersk: shipping group Maersk expects loading delays to persist

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, warned customers on Tuesday that it was still struggling to move goods around the world as reducing congestion takes longer than Danish society had not hoped.

The pandemic has caused container ship shortages and port congestion at a time of skyrocketing consumer spending, meaning hundreds of container ships sit idle outside ports.

“Unfortunately, 2022 has not started as we had hoped,” Maersk said in a notice posted on its webpage.

“The pandemic is still going strong and unfortunately we are seeing further outbreaks which affect our ability to move your cargo,” he said, adding that he expects the constraints to continue “for a some time yet”.

The longest wait times for container ships to unload or pick up cargo have occurred on the West Coast of the United States, where the wait time at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles is currently between 38 and 45 days, Maersk said.

However, he noted that there had been some recent easing in northern Europe where the port of Antwerp in Belgium was expected to reduce the wait to around two days this week from 10 days the previous week.

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