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Jakarta Post

No severe disruption to Indonesian trade from Suez backlog, but shipping concerns loom

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Tugboats pull the MV Ever Given, a 400 meter long and 59 meter wide container vessel lodged sideways across Egypt's Suez Canal on Monday.(AFP/Handout)
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 1, 2021

The shipping backlog at the Suez Canal is expected to cause only modest disruption to Indonesia’s trade in the coming weeks as the route serves relatively minor trading partners Africa and Europe, but the episode may lead to rising transportation costs and uncertainties in shipping schedules, observers have noted.

Egypt’s 193-kilometer long Suez Canal has opened again after the nearly 400-meter long container ship Ever Given, one of the world’s longest, was refloated on Monday. The ship became stuck in the vital global shipping route on March 23, bringing billions of dollars worth of trade to a standstill.

Read also: Ever Given container ship blocking Suez Canal has started to move

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