Logistics Expertise: The Best Way Forward Amid European Port Congestion

Carmen Fan
european port congestion

Last year saw many European ports reach near-record levels of container dwell times. Europian port congestion makes it difficult to process the amount of cargo on time. The processing of the mass-produced goods in Asia has caused a lot of pressure on arrival in Europe. German applied research organization, Fraunhofer CML partnered with Container xChange to carry out a study called C-Timing. According to the research, the mismatch in supply and demand is still a long way off. Johannes Schlingmeier, co-founder and CEO of the platform says that the end of the imbalance in the container chain is not yet in sight. “There remains an imbalance in the chain, both in terms of containers and ships. This imbalance is also affected by three new disturbances. First, there is the omicron variant of the virus, in addition, the Chinese New Year is approaching and finally, there is a lockdown in some ports. We, therefore, expect a rather volatile start to the year,” he said.


For years, European ports have been importing more than they’re exporting. However, due to the pandemic, the situation has resulted in severe congestion. There is no overnight cure for such a crisis. However, unprecedented issues require strategic and creative solutions. Logistics experts suggest that the best way forward is for companies to work with 3PL partners for seamless shipping by doing the following:


More Lead Time For Freights

In the logistics business, last-minute plans do you no good. Expediting shipments can mean higher fees. A cost-efficient plan takes long-term arrangement. By planning, overcoming problems in the shipping process will be much less of a hassle. Logistics partners with an all-in-one solution can help arrange shipping as far in advance as possible to mitigate unforeseen charges. 


Expert Consulting 

Minor delays in the shipping process come from inadequate communication with manufacturers and suppliers. Whether finding suppliers or getting your first samples delivered, your best bet around the communication is to opt for a partner with the facility to source products and project manage everything to plan. Account managers facilitate this role perfectly. Resource-friendly account managers are hard to find but worth the hunt. With an extensive network in the logistics industry necessary to prepare and plan, account managers can seamlessly carry out conversations with the people responsible for manufacturing your products. Floship provides resource-friendly, efficient account managers for every project. Click here to learn more.


Cargo Insurance 

Items can always be damaged during transport. Therefore, it is always best to opt for cargo insurance. Cargo insurance is an excellent way of avoiding the cost of replacing or repairing damaged goods. It is best to with highly reputed insurance companies. Floship provides Flosurance, a shipping insurance solution for global eCommerce brands. The insurance would cover domestic, international, and parcel transit for all clients.


Environmental Damages

Ocean transport can bring about high humidity levels. Electronics, for example, may corrode or have internal damage and delay the process as a whole. 3PL partners can arrange the necessary protection such as humidity indicator cards, moisture-barrier packaging, and desiccants.

Experienced shipping logistic companies take the time to anticipate problems by using regional, national and international monitoring systems. With an extensive network of industry contacts, they identify and modify the most suitable shipment routes to avoid trouble spots. Floship is a logistics company with a simplified, all-in-one fulfillment solution for eCommerce and SMEs. Here, we help global eCommerce brands take control of their supply chain. We offer competitive rates and a range of services to suit your needs. Contact Floship today to get started.

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