Container Overcapacity in Europe: Excess Containers Cause Congestion and Space Shortages

April 9, 2023

Excess containers left from the pandemic highs of container shipping demand are causing congestion and space shortages at ports and storage yards in Europe. This is due to the current container overcapacity of three to five million TEUs, which is causing a significant decrease in box prices and leasing rates. Although most of the boxes will eventually return to Asia when export demand increases, the lingering labor troubles may slow the industry’s recovery. Negotiations on the U.S. West Coast for a renewed labor contract agreement between the ILWU and PMA are also overdue. Learn more here.

Ames, Ben. “Sinking Container Demand Creates Stacks of Excess Boxes around Europe.” DC Velocity RSS, DC Velocity,

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