Due to the recent incidents affecting commercial vessels in the Red Sea, most of the major shipping lines have halted transit through the Suez Canal until further notice to protect their crews and containerships.
After having declared force majeure, CMA CGM, Maersk, and MSC, among others, have rerouted many of their vessels around the Cape of Good Hope at the Southern tip of Africa.
The workaround has unfortunately extended transit times by up to four weeks. In turn, there will be an increase in operating costs and therefore a possible increase in rates or extra surcharges.
While we have no influence over these developments, we will do our best to ensure that your shipment proceeds as smoothly as possible.
This situation is also leading to port congestion in South Africa.
The port is currently experiencing delays which are expected to continue until February 2024. Unfortunately, this may incur additional storage and demurrage fees.
We will do our utmost with the help of our partner removal companies to anticipate delays as far as possible.
Regular updates are made, and our dedicated move management teams will keep you regularly informed of the situation.