2021 Freight & Logistics news review

2021 Freight & Logistics news review

As we approach the end of the year, here is a look back at some of the major news events of 2021 for the freight and logistics industry. From the Ever Given blockage, the ports congestion, vessels, containers and drivers shortage, the record freight rates and the effects of new virus variants in the supply chains. Below is a selection of some of the most representative circumstances occurring since January and right until these last days of the year. We could have done a record listing since this 2021 could be considered one of the most agitated and turbulent years of the last decades.


Maersk boxship reaches Mexico refuge port after Pacific container loss

Ocean freight rate volatility unprecedented look out for ripples warning

LA Ports so crowded drift zones used for first time since 2004


Containership schedule reliability at lowest level since records began


Suez Canal blockage is delaying an estimated 400 million an hour in goods

Trans-pacific ocean market chaos to continue


Agility becomes DSV Panalpina


Shippers face high air cargo rates for some time yet

Air cargo volumes back to normal, rates still go up but drop 12 year on year


Two reasons for capacity crunch

Yantian China Port covid charts data congestion ships supply chain


Global supply chains buckle, virus variant disasters strike

Containership companies show record delays in 2021

X-Press Pearl: The ‘toxic ship’ that caused an environmental disasterVessel accident, environment catastrophy

Record high ocean freight rates forces companies to explore new options


Africa the big loser as global liner patterns shift to focus on more profitable east west tradelanes

Forwarders angst as carriers switch vessels onto the best paying tradelanes

Europe’s road freight market short of more than 400K drivers

Capacity crunch elevates air cargo rates in August

Carriers battle typhoon delays in Shanghai, Ningbo 


Power shortages in China hits homes and factories prompting global supply fears

Hapag Lloyd joins CMA CGM in freezing spot reates

Contract focus behind carrier moves to hold spot market hikes

Shipping industry willing to pay for premium on “green fuels”


Cyclone Closes One of World’s Busiest Ports, Creating Ship Traffic Jam

Airlines Losses Reduce but Challenges Continue – Cumulative $201 Billion Losses for 2020-2022

Container shipping profits in 2021-2022 to hit $300 billion 


Congestion hits air cargo flows, not seen it this bad in 25 years

The supply-chain crisis propelled the world’s largest shipping company to its most profitable quarter in 117 years 


Port congestion cascades into intra Asia services disrupting container traffic

Freight cost between China, US likely to hit new high amid Omicron breakout 

Expect more shipping chaos as Omicron forces transport workers to quit

Maersk hands the baton to MSC at top of the liner rankings

Maersk forwarder clients left in limbo as carrier restricts them to spot deals

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