Carriers and freight forwarders have been working to inform shippers affected by the blockage of the Suez Canal over the last two days. As the major trade artery remains jammed, cargo owners should expect delays and increased port congestion, especially in European gateways, experts told Supply Chain Dive.
Florian Braun, Flexport’s head of ocean for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the forwarder had “quite a bit of cargo” on the Ever Given and other ships unable to pass through the canal. The impact for shippers will depend largely on efforts to refloat the ship, Braun said Thursday morning.
“If that doesn’t work and they have to unload the cargo, we’re talking about several weeks of delay for the specific shipments,” he said.