In a recent press release, the Maersk company comments on the current logistics situation in the US.
Imbalances in intermodal material flow
In response to rising U.S. imports and the resulting imbalances in intermodal material flows, all members of the logistics sector are challenged to find solutions. Senior Maersk officials have stated that the company takes this situation very seriously.
Each component of Maersk’s integrated global logistics business model is working across the logistics spectrum to respond with solutions that engage all participants in the supply chain.
Maersk is taking steps to address difficult times
Maersk is taking steps to address the concerns of the U.S. export community and the trucking industry, which is feeling the impact during this already difficult time.
Global trade patterns often result in limited availability of empty containers in the U.S. – which has a historical equipment imbalance of more imports than exports. This was particularly acute as U.S. import demand skyrocketed during the COVID-19 environment due to changes in consumer behavior.
Maersk confident that they can find workable solutions
“Maersk is working with the FMC Chairman and Commissioners, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and trucking associations such as the HTA on the U.S. West Coast and the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers on the U.S. East Coast to find new and better ways to serve their needs. As a global integrator of container logistics, we are confident that we can find workable solutions that will alleviate supply chain issues, ” said Soren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Maersk has met virtually with the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) – a Washington, D.C.-based trade group whose members play an important role in representing the interests of U.S. agricultural exporters and transportation policy. Maersk’s Head of North America Trade, Franck DeDenis, recently gave a radio-televised presentation to AgTC members during their virtual midyear meeting on Dec. 8.
In addition, FMC Chairman Michael Khouri discussed with A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO Soren Skou the unique challenges facing the U.S. export community, and Maersk remains committed to taking action to improve conditions for all supply chain participants.
These challenges require the cooperation of all stakeholders
“We are working closely with the Agriculture Transportation Coalition and local freight forwarders associations to address their concerns about equipment availability and detention and demurrage issues – with more intensive meetings in the coming months. These challenges require the cooperation of all stakeholders, and we look forward to continuing to play our role in finding much-needed solutions to the issues at hand. FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye has the industry knowledge, relationships and credibility to drive the necessary industry solutions, and we appreciate her leadership on this issue,” said Narin Phol, Regional Managing Director, Maersk North America.
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