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تكاليف شحن الحاويات تصل إلى مستويات قياسية

By Duncan Mil

August 27, 2021 - ارتفعت كلفة إرسال حاوية شحن من الصين إلى أوروبا بنسبة %637 خلال عام واحد، بينما تضاعفت الكلفة التي تتحملها الولايات المتحدة أكثر من ثلاثة أضعاف، وفقاً لمؤشر دروري العالمي للشحن بالحاويات.

A standard FEU -- a forty-foot equivalent unit -- currently costs US$13,787 to be shipped from Shanghai to Rotterdam, up from $1,871 in August 2020. The cost of shipping it from Shanghai to Los Angeles has increased from $3,392 to $11,362 -- a hike of 235 per cent, according to Drewry shipping consultants.

Freight rates are surging because demand is outstripping the availability of containers that carry most global trade.

The spread of the delta variant of coronavirus in Southeast Asia has meant even a small number of cases can cause significant disruptions to trade and shipping.

This month the Chinese government temporarily closed part of the world’s third-busiest container port at Ningbo-Zhoushan for two weeks after a single dockworker test positive for the delta variant. In May, authorities shutter the Yantian terminal in Shenzhen box port after discovering a handful of coronavirus cases.

PUBLISHED: 27/08/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press