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For the third time within a few weeks, there will be another strike starting tomorrow. The service sector union ver.di has called for this. The strike will take place in the period from Thursday, June 14, 2022, with the start of the early shift until the end of the night shift of Friday, July 15, 2022.

The dwell time of import containers in the Port of Hamburg has steadily increased - now the operator of the terminals, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, sees the need to take much tougher measures.

Negotiations in Bremen between German trade union ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) again broke down.

For an initial period of one year, import duties on industrial goods and agricultural products from Ukraine are to be suspended.

In South Korea, 25,000 unionized truck drivers went on strike. This is to demand that freight rates can be guaranteed and basic wages can be achieved.

Shanghai authorities on Tuesday began dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings before the lifting of a two-month lockdown in China's largest city at midnight.

The Chinese government released a temporary three-phased schedule for reopening Shanghai as from 1st June. Production facilities are expected to be brought back online during that time, but delays and backlogs will persist.

Ocean carrier alliances are preparing to blank more than a third of their sailings from Asia over the coming weeks in response to a reduction in export freight. The blanking strategies by the alliances to mitigate the impact of the Covid lockdowns in China will further extend cargo lead times, particularly to North Europe.

In Shanghai, the lockdown is being eased in some parts of the city. Although there are signs of improvement, the lockdowns will last until at least mid-May and will continue to affect truck , port and airport operations.

Over the past several weeks, restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 have seen Shanghai’s industrial output and retail sales plummet, while supply chain ripple effects are expected to continue into June or July.

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