The Port of Hamburg has confirmed that shipping lines see no appreciable scarcity of equipment in the Port of Hamburg or the German seaports. Furthermore, they are not expecting any shortages to arise.
Axel Mattern, chief executive, Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), said: “With the recovery of the Chinese economy, which is already making itself noticeable, shipping, cargo handling, and seaport-hinterland transport in China will be heading back toward normal operations. In view of a slowing economy in Europe, we do not expect to see shortages in the supply of empty containers in Hamburg or the hinterland.”
According to Mattern, seaborne foreign trade on the whole can count on the situation easing as soon as shipping between Asia and Europe returns to normal and the demand for export containers declines in connection with the changing economic conditions.