International Update April 2023

International Update April 2023


2 minute read | By Hollie Starr

Last updated: January 4, 2024 | Published: April 13, 2023


Our Turkey office update

Although we had a particularly good start to the year, this was unfortunately seriously impacted by the devasting earthquake that struck on the 6th of February. The earthquake and fires left serious problems at the southern ports, the port in Iskenderun is not usable and at the port in Mersin, there is heavy congestion and a container shortage.

Therefore, shipments from the middle regions of Turkey have started to be diverted to ports in Izmir, Gemlik, and Gebze.

This disruption in resulting in delays in departures, with delays expected to reach 10-15 days, it is still not clear when the port in Iskenderun will begin operating again.

We expanded our direct container groupage services at the beginning of the year, as well as our established service from Istanbul, we now have a new service running from Izmir to Felixstowe. Services from Istanbul run weekly and fortnightly from Izmir, this service has proven to be very popular, if you would like any further information on this service click here. Sea freight rates are becoming more cost-effective, especially against the cost of road given the current high fuel costs, meaning in some circumstances a road freight trailer can be up to £3K higher than a 40’ container by sea.

Our US office update

Last year, the ports of New York and New Jersey had their highest volume of TEU at  9.5M TEU.  With our US office residing on the East Coast, we have been able to stay on top of the pulse of this busy port.  Although the congestion at the ports on the West Coast has decreased there is still a continuation of labor negotiation.

In February, we had a trip to the UK to not only meet up with our UK colleagues but to also meet with key clients to further discuss their unique OOG projects, as we have over 40 years of experience in shipping manufacturing can lines and ancillaries worldwide.

We will be attending Metpack 2023 in May in Messe Essen, which is the world’s leading trade fair for metal packaging, including the machinery and equipment for the production of cans, lids, and bases.

If you have any oversized or OOG projects you wish to discuss please email:

Click here for more details on our project services


Download a copy of our Q1 quarterly roundup here

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