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DACHSER helps to check status of Hanjin containers

After Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. filed for court receivership this Wednesday August 31st., the situation about the handling of Hanjin containers is still mostly vague. Not only containers booked with Hanjin are affected; also containers that have been booked with other shipping lines and that are currently sailing on Hanjin owned or operated vessels are concerned.

Hanjin is part of the CKYHE Alliance, which includes Cosco, KLine, Yang Ming, Hanjin and Evergreen, sharing vessel space.

The effects of Hanjin's bankruptcy are manifold and it remains unclear whether Hanjin vessels, which are currently at sea, will be permitted to berth into terminals. Due to this, we have to expect unknown delays.

On a larger scale, Hanjin's demise during this time of the year might drive rate increases on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trade in the next weeks.

As of today, Hanjin vessels, which are currently in ports around the world, are still being unloaded and the containers are being delivered against immediate payment of terminal costs and against placing a (container return) deposit. The level of the deposit varies from port to port.

Even if DACHSER stopped booking Hanjin containers some weeks ago, worldwide import and export shipments are likely to be affected. Please get in touch with your local DACHSER contact to know more about the status of your shipments.

Hot on the trail of the flow of goods

Just 30 years ago, barely a soul could have dreamed that Morocco could be a logistics hub. In spite of this, Graveleau - then a French logistics provider that would eventually be acquired by DACHSER in 1999 - dared to take the step into North Africa three decades ago. At the time, the Moroccan economy was held up by the pillars of agriculture, mining, tourism, and the textile manufacturing and food processing industries. A subsidiary of ten employees was soon ensuring that producers in France obtained their goods in a timely manner.

As the years passed, however, Morocco’s economy came under increasing pressure from burgeoning competition. But once the Association Agreement with the EU was signed in 1996 and took effect in 2000, Morocco’s transformation from an agrarian state to a post-millennial society, grounded in an industry- and services-oriented economy, came ever closer to fruition.  

Using technology to stay in the fast lane

Morocco has evolved into a desirable location for foreign investors. For some time now, newly established companies in the automotive supply and aviation industries have been successfully settling in. These are all developments that DACHSER helped shape logistically.

For the future, Daniel Lucas, member of management at DACHSER France, expects freight volume for DACHSER Morocco to keep on growing. “Since Azkar officially became part of the DACHSER family, we have been anticipating extensive flows of goods to and from Spain. Indeed, Morocco is one of Spain’s most important partners in trade.”

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