Mercedes Benz Finds Reprieve From the West Coast Congestion in Baltimore

Over 1800 vehicles from Mercedes Benz arrived at the port of Baltimore aboard the British registered car carrier, Noble Ace. 600 of these cars were delivered to the west coast but rerouted due to the logjam. Mercedes Benz is not the first to make such a choice. The mounting losses are causing an increasing number of firms to consider lesser-known ports and longer routes to avoid the supply chain nightmare that shows no signs of slowing down.

This move of choosing the ports on the east coast that still has an air of novelty is quickly becoming the norm. The port of Baltimore recently started handling the fuselage components of the Airbus A220 series of aircraft. Also, the Japan-based farming equipment manufacturer Kubota has been facing a lack of containership capacity, which has forced it to transfer equipment through Ro-Ro vessels to the port of Baltimore, as opposed to its earlier method of transporting through containers.

Overall, 26 ships have been diverted to the port of Baltimore due to the west coast congestion. This number is in addition to the new routes announced by MSC and Maersk, including the port of Baltimore. Investments and infrastructure developments are afoot at Baltimore to support this incoming traffic, including promoting new jobs, installing Neo-Panamax cranes, and expanding routes connecting the port to the hinterland.

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