Container imbalances and COVID-19: Freight forwarders’ role in finding solutions to the problems of today

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As this latest document from FIATA notes, the issue of container imbalances in the maritime supply chain is not a new industry issue, driven by various developments over the past decade.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue is reaching a tipping point, with port and terminal congestion, abandoned cargo, and container shortages. This has serious impacts on the fluidity of global maritime supply chains, at a time when the timely flow of essential goods is ever more crucial. In the face of these new challenges, this is the time for international freight forwarders, with their crucial know-how and experience, to demonstrate their ability to find the right solutions to address these new issues and keep goods flowing, despite this unprecedented crisis.