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RORO shipping delays - Why?

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

Most used car exporters who have specialized in container shipping have moved their stock over to RORO shipping, since it is the simplest and cheapest vehicle shipping method. Cars are driven, rowed or towed directly on to the vessel and secured to a car deck.

However, the increasing in demand from expoters to use RORO over container shipping, port slow-downs due to Covid-19 reduced staff at ports.

And, it has reduced the speed at which ships can be processed at ports, which has reduced the total monthly turnover of these RORO ships in 2021. All this has put huge pressure on RORO shipping to the point now the shipping yards are crammed full waiting for ever decreasing space on boats.

This is resulting in delays after purchase for exporting out of Japan. We do not see a quick solution to this problem until the price of container shipping goes down.

Experts conclude that there is a strong likelihood that the prevailing conditions will continue throughout the first half of the year.

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