Actualizaciones regionales en Europa

Updates on the impact of COVID-19 in Europe

Despite the challenging circumstances, we are grateful that our employees in Europe are safe and sound. The majority of them are working from home. You can reach your local customer service representatives as usual via email and telephone. Furthermore, we are happy to report that our vessels are operating as usual and that our service portfolio remains unaffected.

+++ last updated on 11 June +++

Terminal Operations

  • ANR: Worse and critical yard utilisation. The yard density at nearly all terminals is climbing over 90%. ANR terminals can also only deal with certain amount of volumes and vessel delays (mostly in the middle of RNE rotation) and the maximum is being reached. Lack of labour. Waiting time for HL vessels between 6 and 10 days.
  • RTM: ECT yard utilisation critical again, reefer plugs availability too. ECT is still facing very serious labour issues. This is due to the ongoing effect of the COVID-19 development and holidays of workers, but also related to the ongoing dispute between ECT and the unions.
  • RWG high yard utilisation which can peak up to 95%.
  • HAM: CTA and CTB high yard utilisation but workable, however expecting limited labour availability at all HHLA terminals. Lack of labour especially at Burchardkai and Eurogate due to Union dispute and reduced voluntary work.
  • SOU: Still high yard utilisation but lowest since the last months. Damaged crane at current THEA berth SCT5, no outlook on when it will be back in service.
  • LGP: Yard capacity under control. Cranes/labour currently are no issue. No changes in COVID status zero cases.
  • FOS: Eurofos and Seayard yard situation stable since last week, under control by terminal.  

Transport situation

  • France: Transport capacities remain in general tight. One of our core suppliers (Hinterland) is not able to offer quality we were hoping for, hence, this volume needs to be offset by other vendors.
  • UK: Trucking & rail capacities remain tight with high volumes being handled
    Liverpool T1 terminal is congested due to missing gantry crane which causes delays for the truckers
    In general, EBI faces a shortage in truck drivers which needs to be monitored in the upcoming weeks
  • Benelux: Equipment situation is improving
    High demand of trucking services within Benelux  some capacities under pressure
    Cross border traffics to Germany without any problems atm
    Holiday season about to start  Prediction of drop on CH volume
  • Germany: Still heavy delays of processing trains in the port of Hamburg issue for import & export traffics
    Increase in full storage as vessels being re-planned
    Equipment situation improving
  • Poland: Small operational issues after AGORA set up has been implemented as from June 1st with rail services
    New truck vendor started operating to avoid facing capacities issues  

Railway Operations​

  • Hamburg: High utilization of parking spaces and simultaneously high rail traffic in Hamburg ports causing backlogs in the train arrival and departure from/to Hamburg.
    Main impact on Eurogate terminal (approx. 20hrs delay), CTA delay of approx. 5hrs. CTB and CTT are within schedule.

Truck Availability​

Given the circumstances, trucking is running rather smoothly. The situation is being observed closely and all measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of our staff members and partners, while ensuring business continuity despite the current disruptions. These are the exceptions:

  • Hungary: Limited freight border crossings affecting deliveries via terminals DUNAJASKA STREDA and CUNOVO REJKA; a surcharge of EUR250 will be charged for all transport via DUNAJSKA STREDA
    - MILHOSŤ – TORNYOSNÉMETI (Miglecnemeti – Tornyosnemeti)
  • Austria: Delays anticipated when entering/leaving the country due to additional health checks.
  • France: CH Situation is back to normal from/to French ports, Cross border traffics from/to Switzerland can be arranged on a sport basis. Port of Le Havre area truckers are fully booked and can only arrange terminal transfers.
  • Italy: Operations running normally.
  • Iberia: Operations running normally
  • Turkey/Piraeus : without interruptions
  • Black Sea (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine); East Mediterrean (Syria, Lebanon, Israel); North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lybia) and Adriatic Sea (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Serbia): All trucking is regular.

Barge Availability​

No impact to report besides the following exceptions:

  • France: Greenmodal barge does not call SEAYARD at Fos anymore. Barges are not allowed to operate 24/7 anymore, currently operate with reduced capacity for only 10 h/day


All Depots operating without major disruptions.

Customer Service

Bookings are received and processed regularly. Reach out to your local customer service representative here.

You can do all your transactions digitally; everything is just one click away! Easy. Online. Everywhere.

We have taken the following measures to keep providing an uninterrupted service for you and to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on your operations:

  • We kindly ask you to review the possibility of covering your shipments by Sea-Waybill instead of Original Bills of Lading, if legally and commercially acceptable.
  • For the surrender of Original Bills of Lading prior to container release at destination, please contact your local office for detailed guidance, they are happy to assist you. Please also consider electronic payment channels to avoid physical contact needs.
  • You can do all your transactions digitally – from placing a booking to sending a shipping instruction. Everything is just one click away!
  • To monitor your shipments, go ahead and use the Hapag-Lloyd Navigator, our new one-screen dashboard with real-time view on all your shipments. Alternatively, visit the Online Business section at our Hapag-Lloyd website for vessel/container/booking status and sailing schedules information.
  • We are able to offer you instant quotations on Quick Quotes 24/7. Those rates are customized per customer, so you don’t have to worry about getting your best rate.
  • Even though your sales counterpart will not be able to visit you in person, we will continue to stay close to you via phone and where possible even via video chat.
  • Our teams are fully operational with staff working remotely through laptops and headsets. To make life easier for our employees, we encourage you to send emails instead of phone calls whenever you can.
  • Counters continue to be operational - where allowed by the local government.
  • Check out our Mobile App, that allows you to perform essential tasks from your phone: Quick Quotes, Schedules, Bookings, Track & Trace and many more!
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Additional Information

North Europe (Excluding UK & Ireland) – Adjusted Measures for Pick-up of Empty Containers - Hapag-Lloyd (  

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