Winter weather, port labor negotiations in the western United States are wildcards of transport: Hapag-Lloyd

Shipping containers will be unloaded from the ship on April 7, 2021 at the container terminal of the Port of Long Beach-Los Angeles Harbor Complex in Los Angeles, California. (Lucini Corson / Reuters)

Frankfurt — The shipping industry may face unforeseen risks in the coming months due to labor negotiations at ports in the western United States and winter weather in the Northern Hemisphere, German sea container company Hapag-Lloyd said. The person in charge said on Thursday.

Rolf Habben Janssen, CEO, said in an online call with reporters that “winter can have a significant impact on transportation,” adding that weather conditions have seemed normal so far. rice field.

“The other is labor negotiations on the west coast of the United States, where it is in everyone’s interest to reach an agreement reasonably quickly,” he added.

Last week, the company reported a more than 10-fold increase in nine-month net income.