International Removals

Global Shipping Updates: Ensuring Smooth International Moves Amidst Industry Challenges

In the ever-evolving landscape of international logistics, staying abreast of the latest shipping conditions is essential for anyone planning a move overseas. The recent update from the BAR Overseas Group, dated 1st July 2024, sheds light on new developments and ongoing challenges in the industry that could impact your moving experience.

Current Market Conditions:
Eastbound Diversions: Due to regional conflicts, eastbound trades now detour around the Cape of Good Hope, extending transit times. This diversion is now well-established, but no estimates exist for when the Suez Canal passage will be safe again.

Freight Costs: Increasing freight costs for export shipments from Asia may affect other routes, with potential space tightness on export trades from Europe, particularly to North and South America.

Panama Canal: Improved conditions due to easing drought have shortened delays for shipments to the US West Coast.

Container Availability: There are ongoing challenges due to an imbalance of trade, resulting in shortages of empty sea-containers and quality issues with supplied containers.

Customer Recommendations if Moving Overseas:
Plan Ahead: Transparency and early planning with your mover are crucial to securing vessel space and meeting your moving schedule.

Be Flexible: Prepare for possible increased transit times or delays as the shipping situation remains fluid and can change rapidly.

Additional Developments:
Russian Passport Holders: Shipping Line ONE LINE will not ship personal effects of assignees holding Russian passports. It’s essential to check with your mover to ensure the chosen shipping line can clear goods at the destination.

Fridge and Freezer Shipments: There have been issues loading these appliances. Shipping lines like Hapag Lloyd and ONE Line require these items to be declared as hazardous when necessary, and misdeclaration can lead to fines or removal from containers.

John Mason International is Here to Help
At John Mason International, we understand these complexities and are committed to providing the best possible service. Our award-winning team, recognized with the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, is dedicated to ensuring a seamless move. Contact us today to get started on your journey!

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