Inland transportation by barge to and from Rotterdam and Antwerp is currently severely delayed as a result of extreme low water levels on the river Rhine. The water level of the Upper Rhine area is getting close to a critical point and barge operators are either forced to seize their operations or can only use 1/3 of their capacity. In following days we predict delays especially in South Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria.
These extreme conditions on the Upper Rhine will in the immediate future also affect Mid and Lower Rhine, where similar measures are to be expected.
Cargo flows from barge will be moved to other modes of transportation, such as rail and truck, resulting in scarce capacities there.
We recommend you to contact your local customer service coordinator for further details.