German ports have continued to suffer from growing congestion as the rest of Europe stabilises from the Russia – Ukraine conflict that began earlier this year.
Data and analysis firm FourKites has seen port congestion continue to climb at Bremerhaven and Hamburg over the past few months, while the rest of Europe appears to have stabilised since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February.
At Bremerhaven and Hamburg, the 60-day average ocean dwell times (across imports, exports, and transshipments) are now at 9.3 days and 9.5 days as of 13 August.
For Bremerhaven, this is a 43 per cent increase over the low seen in April, and a 19 per cent increase over the start of the year.
For Hamburg, this is a 79 per cent increase since the low point in March, and a 22 per cent increase over the start of the year.
Further west, at Antwerp and Rotterdam, dwell times remain below the peaks seen in March and April, but have been increasing steadily over the past several weeks, FourKites data indicates.
At Antwerp, the 60-day average ocean dwell time is now at 7.5 days. This is below the high of 8.1 days seen in early April, but is 15 per cent higher than the beginning of the year.
For Rotterdam, the 60-day average ocean dwell time is now at 6.9 days. This is a tenth below the start of the year and 21 per cent below the peak seen in late March. However, dwell times at Rotterdam have climbed 15 per cent since the low in late June.
At Valencia, the 60-day average ocean dwell time is now at 8.8 days. This is 13 per cent below the peak seen in May and June, but is still 6 per cent above levels seen at the start of the year.