Easter challenges: Covid lockdowns, port congestion, war in Europe and a lack of slots and flights

Episode 5 April 07, 2022 00:45:42
Easter challenges: Covid lockdowns, port congestion, war in Europe and a lack of slots and flights
The Loadstar Podcast
Easter challenges: Covid lockdowns, port congestion, war in Europe and a lack of slots and flights

Show Notes

The lesson of this Easter episode is do not put all your freight eggs in one basket.

Supply chain disruptions covered include the implications of more Covid lockdowns in China, port congestion and what war in Europe is doing to air charter markets.

We have the latest air and ocean freight rates, and we hear how SME forwarders are struggling to buy space from carriers. And, will Bollore and Gefco be the next acquisitions by Europe’s container lines?


Glenn Hogben, CEO of the Air Charter Association

Peter Sand, Chief Analyst, Xeneta

Chris Higgins, Commercial Director at AFS

Mike Wackett, Loadstar Sea Freight Correspondent


Episode in more detail

Gefco and Bollore up for grabs. Will lines snap them up? (1.00)

Lockdowns in China – implications (6.30)

Ripple effects; port congestion (9.20)

Carrier strategy in northern Europe (18.50)

War and the state of air charter markets (21.10)

How does air cargo get back to ‘normal’? (28.40)

SME forwarders: the forgotten liner customers (31.26)

The end of customer loyalty? (33.43)

Container charter markets (42.00)

P&O/DP World: the biggest PR fumble in history? (43.50)


Credits: Created, Produced and Hosted by Mike King

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