World's fifth biggest shipping firm steers clear of Red Sea
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World’s fifth biggest shipping firm steers clear of Red Sea

World’s fifth biggest shipping firm steers clear of Red Sea

German shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd will continue to circle around the Cape of Good Hope as issues in the Red Sea remain

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Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd will continue to divert its vessels away from the Suez Canal and around the Cape of Good Hope for security reasons, a spokesperson for the company said on Tuesday.

“We deem the situation still dangerous,” the spokesperson for the world’s fifth-biggest container liner said.

“We have daily re-assessments and will have next decisions taken Monday January 15.”

Like rivals, Hapag-Lloyd is avoiding the Red Sea area after Yemen’s Houthi militant group began targeting commercial vessels, disrupting global trade, to show their support for Hamas.

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Red Sea attacks not impacting retailers

Meanwhile, British discount chain B&M does not expect any material impact from disruption to shipments through the Suez Canal due to attacks by Yemeni Houthi militants in the Red Sea, its CEO said on Tuesday.

“I don’t expect any material impact for us,” Alex Russo told Reuters.

“The supply chain for us has sufficient in-built flexibilities so I don’t expect any impact coming into our business,” he said after FTSE 100 retailer updated on Christmas trading.

Global shipping firms are avoiding the Red Sea route and diverting shipments around Africa’s southern Cape of Good Hope.

Last week, British clothing retailer Next said its sales growth will likely be moderated if the disruption continues.

However, B&M, which sells everything from furniture and electrical items to clothing, footwear and toys and is a high volume customer to the main shipping lines, is confident it will not face product availability issues.

“I am not going to face any delays that will affect my availability and our customer because my supply chain has in-built flexibility,” Russo said.

“Whatever longer route trajectory we take we have enough buffers in our supply chain lead times to basically not impact us.

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