Hackett Associates and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics’ latest Global Port Tracker study predicts that container handling in Europe’s North Range ports will increase a “meager” 1 percent in 2013, reaching a volume of 40.1 million 20-foot-equivalent units.
Furthermore, imports of laden containers in North Europe have been gradually declining compared with exports of laden containers, meaning more unprofitable repositioning of empties.
“In 2012, some 4 million empty TEUs were discharged in North Range ports, an increase of 13 percent over 2011,” said Sönke Maatsch, ISL’s economist, in a written statement. “In 2013, we anticipate that this number will grow by another 14 percent to 4.5 million.”
The Global Port Tracker report’s North Europe trade outlook provides a six-month projection, plus an additional two-quarter forecast, for the ports of Le Havre, France; Zeebrugge, Belgium; Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany; and Hamburg, Germany.