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17 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 13:51 GMT+2

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Kerdjoudj-Belkaid (Feport): when the ships stop in Shanghai will arrive en masse in the EU you risk a disaster

Requested the intervention of the European Commission to avoid the nightmare situation that looms in 8-12 weeks

Feport, the European Association of Port Terminal Operators private, fears, indeed is certain that the interruptions of the activities at the port of Shanghai caused by the new lockdown decided by Beijing to counter the spread of Covid-19 will soon disruptive effects also on the activity of the European ports. 'For the terminals of European ports and for the EU supply and logistics chains - highlighted the association - it is quite obvious that the cascading effects arising from the prevailing situation in Shanghai will be huge. One time these ships - explained Feport referring to the units ships that are currently waiting to load or unload the goods at the port of Shanghai - they will head en masse and call at the port of call in EU ports and terminals, the risks of congestion and interruptions will be very high."

To cope with this risk, the association has urged an urgent initiative by the European Commission to convene all stakeholders to develop contingency plans. "It's very urgent - noted the secretary general of Feport, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid - prepare and organize. Interested parties representing shipping companies, authorities ports, port terminals, shippers, freight forwarders, pilots, tugs, inland transport operators, rail operators, road transport operators should meet as soon as possible under the patronage of the European Commission to discuss how we can prepare ourselves individually and collectively in order to avoid a 'nightmare' for EU logistics and supply chains, otherwise EU consumers and businesses will be penalised."

«After Covid-19, the Ever Given incident, the congestion in other areas of the world, the persistent low level of reliability of schedules and the consequences of implementation sanctions against Russia - he continued Kerdjoudj-Belkaid - the terminals of EU ports, both employers of work that employees, can not constitute once again the "bearing" that absorbs all shocks and pressures which will be caused by the current situation in Shanghai. We we need the commitment of all parties to act to prepare ourselves for the situation that will affect European ports in 8-12 weeks".

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