North German ports and rail impaired as new warning strike unfolds

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Port workers have launched another round of warning strikes, which will prevent North Sea ports in Germany from handling cargo for another 24 hours. The new strike commenced on Monday, 17 June, at 6 a.m. and will last until Tuesday, 18 June, at 6 a.m. Rail freight companies warn about the backlog of services resulting from the situation.

Last week, port workers at Bremerhaven and the port of Hamburg were also on strike for a few days following the dispute between workers’ unions and the Central Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS) on collective wage bargaining negotiations. As the talks between the two parties will extend for a third round on 17 and 18 June, port workers are launching industrial action to push towards achieving their claims. This information comes from trade union ver.di.

After the floods of early June, which heavily affected German rail freight, and the rail strikes that began in late 2023 and continued through early 2024, there is another reason for the German and European supply chains to be under strain.

Rail freight companies like METRANS warned their customers to prepare for disruptions, as companies still widely deal with the backlog created by problems caused during the past few weeks. With all North Sea German ports on strike today, the rail freight company expects the situation to worsen even more.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is the Chief Editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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