Container handling continues to be disrupted in a lasting way

The short-term development of global container throughput shows the subdued growth trend. Only the U.S. East Coast ports and the ports of Southern Europe and Australia are showing a positive trend. In the Southern Europe trade lane, it is Valencia in particular, the largest port in this range, which is responsible for the positive result with an increase of 33% compared to the previous month and lifts the throughput of the entire region into positive territory. The port has thus increased its April result to 450 thousand TEUs. On the North American East Coast, it is especially the ports of Houston and Savannah that carry the positive performance. They managed to exceed their March result by 8.5% and by 11.4% to 345 thousand TEU and 496 thousand TEU, respectively. However, all three regions mentioned with a positive result have in common that the increase is smaller than 2% on average.

In particular, the ports that mainly handle imports and exports with the production centers in the Far East, such as the West Coast ports of the USA and Canada as well as South America and the North Range, are still affected by disruptions within the supply chains and temporary lock-downs in Chinese ports (here mainly Shanghai).
The negative development at the country level is particularly striking. For example, Brazil’s ports are down 12.4% overall and Germany’s are even down 13.3%.

Further details on the development of the world’s major container ports can be found in the current issue of our Monthly Container Port Monitor (MCPM).