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Operational constraints in 2022 - Port delays continuing and impacting supply chains

Dear valued customer,

2021 was a special year to all of us, for us personally and for our industry as well. The Corona pandemic disrupted the global supply chains around the world. And this year the pandemic is still going strong. Unfortunately, we are seeing new outbreaks impacting our ability to move the cargo as intended. The situation is particularly challenging at several Hub Ports and Gateway terminals.

In Northern Europe, the current numbers indicate the following:

Port Yard Density Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
Bremerhaven NTB 131%** None
Bremerhaven MSC Gate 72%* 2-3 days
Hamburg Eurogate 103%** 2-3 days
Rotterdam Delta 2 71%* 1-2 days
Rotterdam MVII 114%** 1-2 days
Antwerp MPET + PSA 85%** 2-4 days
Felixstowe 96%* 7-10 days
Gdansk 65%* None

Numbers are dynamic and subject to change. ** indicates critical and * indicates challenging.

Ongoing contingency plans will always be made with the objective of minimizing supply chain delays and we ask that you bear with us while we manage the overall situation as best as we can.

In North America, the current numbers indicate the following:

Port Yard Density Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
Long Beach 83%** 38-45 days
Los Angeles 86%** 0-28 days
Oakland 75%* 6 days
Seattle 100%** 10 days
Vancouver 101%** 14 days
Prince Rupert 113%** 10 days

Numbers are dynamic and subject to change. ** indicates critical and * indicates challenging.

The Chinese ports are currently characterized by dynamic availability of handling services at the terminals, and this will continue. The city of Beilun is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Of the five container terminals in Ningbo, three terminals are located near the epidemic area but is so far operating with no positive cases reported. Vessel calls and departures are so far running as normal, as well as loading and discharge activities. After some days with revised operations, container gate-in and gate-out activities are now also

back to normal with a combined yard density of around 75%. As a key passage for world trade, we are monitoring the Ningbo situation very closely.

As the situation evolves every day, we are working closely with all respective port authorities and coordinating with all involved parties in the local supply chain to help alleviate the situation. That could include slowing down speed time at the sea transit for minimal queuing and opening substitute container depots or moving more cargo via alternative routes.

We regret the impact this has on your global supply chains and we do foresee the strain to continue for some time still. For continued notice, please visit hamburgsud.com for updates affecting our network.

Our vessel notification tool provides you updates about the vessels you have cargo loaded under the Hamburg Süd E-commerce portal . Once assigned to a specific vessel you will receive updates about the estimated time of arrival.

Our teams are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact us as we manoeuvre this situation as best as we can together.

In case of any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Hamburg Süd representative.

Best regards,
Your Hamburg Süd team