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What has happened in the Suez Canal and why is it impacting international trade?

The container ship Ever Given was en route from Yantian, China, to the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands when it was knocked off course by strong winds and a sandstorm early Tuesday, March 23rd (local time). The vessel was re-floated on Monday, March 29th.

The incident has created long tailbacks on the waterway, stopping vessels from passing and causing delays. With about 12% of global trade passing through the Suez Canal per year, the trade route is connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe. The Suez Canal has a daily capacity of approximately 50 – 85 vessels, with vessels entering from both sides. 

Now, disruption to global trade is continuing. That slows the arrival of containers at their destinations and delays when they can be emptied and then refilled with other goods towards their next destination. To find out more about the current shipping situation, please head over to our knowledge hub.

Current Shipping Situation

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