Global Market Update – April 9, 2020

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DSV is operational everywhere, although in Italy with interruptions. Recently imposed restrictions at borders have caused delays but in most cases, these become less significant once private traffic reduces, and goods traffic is given priority lanes.

European Ocean Freight Update

Currently only 20% to 30% of normal capacity is available from Europe to Asia and capacity will be half throughout April as per latest announcements.

The lack of reefer equipment availability and shortage of space remain. There are still equipment shortages for dry and reefer containers.

All ports are functional and operating at 60%-80% due to reduced work force.

Shipping lines have implemented business continuity plans and announced that skeleton crews will do essential work in their offices with the rest of the staff working from home.

Americas Ocean Freight Update

United States and South American exports to Asia will experience some vessel capacity shortages as Trans-Pacific vessel strings diminished sailings from the Far East during January and February. Export shipments are likely to be affected until mid-May.

Increased demand expected from outbound Americas ports to Europe and the Middle East in light of limited air freight routes.

Fewer vessels and cargo are arriving into North and South America from the Asia trades, resulting in a lack of equipment replenishment.

US and Mexico inland areas are expected to be most affected with fewer containers being delivered to IPI points in coming months.

Where equipment has traditionally been problematic (equipment deficit areas), we expect increasing scarcity. Locations not traditionally short of equipment may be impacted as export demand remains high.

Main Seaports will likely maintain an equipment balance, but we expect shortages at US ports such as Oakland, Seattle/Tacoma, and Southeast Florida ports.

Latin America

Airlines continue to operate with limitations and are obeying the authorities' restrictions. Ports are operating normally. There is a shortage of transport units.

Peru: ports and airports will remain without movement. DSV offices in Peru are officially closed until new advice. Only pharmaceuticals are allowed to move.

Africa and Middle East

In South Africa, the government has published a list of essential services. Starting March 26 for 21 days, freight is not permitted to move which does not fall into these categories. South African airports are operating at reduced capacity. We expect more measures to be in place soon, which will likely cause disruptions.

Middle East: Some restrictions at border crossings, e.g. Jordan - Saudi Arabia, but alternative routes are being used.

Asia Pacific

Australia and New Zealand: At ocean ports, ships must be in transit for at least 14 days before being allowed to enter port. Airfreight is limited with disruptions.

Backlogs at intra-Asian borders are improving slowly. Delays are reducing.


All DSV offices in China are open except for Wuhan. Northern and Central China are still impacted by restrictions.

Road transport within China is almost normal, except in the Hubei province.

Indian Sub-Continent

India is under lockdown. All state borders have been closed. Only transport of essential goods is permitted but requires curfew passes. Shortage of drivers also impact transportation throughout the country. Customs process is slow and ocean terminals are heavily disrupted.

Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also in various states of lockdown until further notice.

Asia Ocean Freight Update

Production in China has restarted and volumes are increasing, however, we are seeing slow recovery due to recent developments in other countries.

Trans-Pacific: With production improving, blank sailings still in place, and route changes from USEC to USWC to shorten lead time, vessel utilization is now reaching 95%. We expect this situation to last until at least mid-April.

Carriers are operating normally, very few still with flexible work-from-home arrangements.

Ports are fully operational, and volumes are back to mostly-normal levels in most ports.

Surplus of reefer containers has fallen substantially.

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