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Europe’s Ports Rival U.S. for Congestion and Delays

Container Shipping at Rotterdam Port as Global Congestion Rates Increase
Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

U.S. port congestion gets plenty of unwanted attention these days for the long lines of cargo ships waiting off the East, West and Gulf coasts. But Europe’s supposedly more efficient gateways for trade aren’t faring much better.

Six of 10 European ports including Rotterdam, Hamburg and the U.K.’s Felixstowe were flashing orange on a heat map compiled by Flexport this month. (That’s second-worst on a scale of green, yellow, orange and black.)