Suez Canal – Global supply chain impact

Evergreen Suez Canal

Global supply chain impact is caused by imbalance in available freight space and equipment.

The supply chain consequences of the Suez Canal blockade in March will be clearly felt in the coming months. In our operations this will mostly affect the operational activities and pricing for the coming period. Where there were hopes for more stability, prices in container shipping are still sky-high. Also the tariff levels may reach new record highs as of May 1. We continue to be confronted with limitations and delays due to blank sailings, equipment shortages and congested ports worldwide.

Partly because of the aforementioned congestion in the Suez Canal, we are also seeing extra pressure in the availability of containers and the spot market. The shortage of ship space and containers will largely persist this year, resulting in high transport rates and operational restrictions. This is predicted by a maritime research firm Drewry in its latest report about developments in the container market. The prospects also note that there will be considerably more orders for the construction of new ships. There are 1.77 million TEU across 166 ships ordered in Q1 only. However, whether this capacity expansion will eventually lead to the extremely low rates of few years ago seems unlikely, according to Drewry.

Our advices to prevent possible inconveniences in your supply chain 

We would like to advise you to pay attention to matters listed below in order to limit any nuisance and to anticipate the aforementioned market situation:

  • We recommend booking your shipments well in advance. This enables us to provide you with the best possible arrangements.
  • Prioritize the most critical shipments as capacity is scarce and we face constraints and delays.
  • Include longer lead times in your supply chain calculations. Keep in mind that the average delay is currently almost 7 days.

The aforementioned challenging and volatile market situation puts a lot of pressure on our operation. Therefore, we must continue to emphasize that the options are limited and ask you to continue to take into account possible delays in the coming period.

We are here for you

We at HEC-Holland do everything we can to continue to serve you optimally and to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Please feel free to consult your account manager and ask for our possibilities and solutions. We will also keep you updated related to this theme and future developments. 

If any questions arise, please also get in contact with our team!

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Introducing Bob Bakker

Bob Bakker in our warehouse in Goch

HEC-Holland team is growing steadily and in February we were happy to welcome another new member to join us. Below you can find the greetings and introduction of Bob Bakker, our new commercial supply chain specialist.

HEC-Holland new team member – Who am I?

Hi everyone, I am Bob Bakker, 24 years old and currently living in Tilburg. Last January I graduated as a master of Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University, which ended my time as a student. Before the master program, I studied Business Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. Nijmegen is the city where I always lived, before I moved to Tilburg one and half years ago. Since I found the job at HEC-Holland, it is now time for me to move back to Nijmegen, where I just found a new home for myself.

I am an enthusiastic, driven and ambitious person who enjoys achieving goals with a team. I think this fits well within the HEC-Holland company where we work hard together to reach the best outcomes. Outside the 40 working hours a week, I spent most of the time on just hanging out with friends, drinking some beers and going to the gym.

My role within the HEC-team

My role within HEC-Holland is a ‘’commercial supply chain specialist’’. I take care of the processes from purchase order until order delivery, together with Cindy and Karin. My focus will be on the coordination of the warehouse processes in our warehouse in Goch, Germany. I have some experience in how to manage fast-moving logistics processes, which will definitely be an advantage for me in this job. I just started a few weeks ago but I already feel like a valued part of the organization. My colleagues are very friendly and supportive and I immediately got a lot of responsibilities.

Thoughts for the future

The cable industry was not really familiar to me before I started in this position. However, now as I have dived more into it during the recent weeks, I have started to understand everything better and my interest in the cable industry has increased in general. I am looking forward to get to know HEC-Holland and our place in the cable industry even more, and to further optimize our logistics processes.

Looking forward to the new challenges and to get in touch with our customers and suppliers!

If any questions arise, please get in contact with our team!

You can also find more information about Bob on his LinkedIn page

May we introduce ourselves

May we introduce ourselves

New colleagues

 

Yoran Boshart

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My name is Yoran Boshart, I am 30 years old and I live in Arnhem. People describe me as a charismatic, ambitious, helpful and social person, with strong communication skills, whom is always open to challenges. I just finished my studies at the University of Applied Sciences of Arnhem and Nijmegen, where I studied commercial economics.

I am Dutch, but I grew up in Murcia, Spain. This is where I went to school and spent my teenage years. This is one of the main reasons I was drawn to the position HEC-Holland had to offer. I enjoy the interaction with the southern European culture and HEC-Holland was looking for a representative for this market.

I have just started my newest challenge at HEC-Holland and I am already feeling at home. I am looking forward to make new contacts with our Southern friends and hope to speak to you soon!

Stijn Bazuin

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My name is Stijn Bazuin and I am 25 years old. I am currently living near Arnhem. Thanks to my studies at the University of Applied Sciences of Arnhem and Nijmegen, I discovered my passion for account management. Satisfying my customers’ needs is what makes me happy. Therefore I wish to maintain a close relationship with my accounts to assure that all their needs are known to me.

My energetic, social and ambitious character is what drove me to take this opportunity to start as account manager at HEC-Holland. Because this position enables me to use my skills to do what I like most, help to fulfill the needs of my accounts. In my first weeks I have learned a lot of interesting things that have given me new insights.

I am looking forward to get in touch with our current accounts within the UK market, as well as the many interesting companies in this area, which we are currently not serving.