Freight through Suez Canal down 45% since Houthi attacks – UNCTAD | Sameh Marine

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BRUSSELS, Jan 26( Reuters)- Freight crossing through the Suez Canal has cut out by 45 in the two months since strikes by Yemen’s Houthis led shipping banks to disport freight, dismembering formerly strained maritime trading routes, according to UN agency UNCTAD.

UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which supports developing countries in global trade, advised of pitfalls of advanced affectation, query of food security and increased greenhouse gas emigrations.

Since the Houthi movement, which supports Iran and controls almost all of Yemen’s populous areas, began targeting ships in what it claimed to be support for Palestinians in Gaza, shipping corporations have redirected their vessels out of the Red Sea. Airstrikes on the Houthis have been retaliated against by the US and the UK.

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According to the agency, there was a 45% decrease in freight tonnage since 39% fewer vessels than at the beginning of December crossed across the canal.

As a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, several significant global trade routes have been disrupted, according to Jan Hoffmann, head of UNCTAD’s trade logistics. These involve the Panama Canal, where low water levels from the drought have prompted shipping to decrease 36% year over year and 62% from two years ago last month.

“We had serious concerns,” he warned at a midnight meeting on Thursday. “We are seeing delays, increased expenses, and higher greenhouse gas emissions.”

He stated that ships were choosing longer paths and traveling quicker to make up for detours, and that was why their emission was growing.

12–15% of the global trade and 25–30% of total container traffic passes through the Suez Canal. In comparison to early December, container shipments throughout the canal reduced by 82% in the week ending January 19; the decrease for LNG was even more pronounced. There was a minor increase in crude oil shipping and a lesser decrease in dry bulk traffic.

The cost of spot containers saw its biggest weekly increase of $500, impacting not just shipments from Asia to Europe but also the non-Suez route to the US West Coast, which has seen a more than twofold increase. Still, rates were only around 50% of the highest points reached during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoffmann stated that although it could take some time for end users in industrialized nations to notice an impact, food prices could be affected. He added that almost half of the price rises since the conflict in Ukraine were caused by increased transportation costs.

It may take up to a year for these extra freight costs to be passed on to customers before we see them in the store, be it Ikea, Walmart, or another retailer.

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