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Parliamentary questions
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22 February 2021
P-001029/2021
Priority question for written answer  P-001029/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR)
 Subject: Shortage of freight containers

There are signs that international trade is being increasingly hampered by a worldwide shortage of freight containers, with consequences that are only to be expected. Within just one year, container rentals have spiralled by 300%, excluding all but the highest bidders or forcing containers to return empty to China, where the problem is reportedly arising through supply being kept artificially low. However, it would appear the shipping cartels bear greater responsibility in this respect. Needless to say that economic recovery in Europe is being compromised as a result.

In view of this:

1. Can the Commission say where it considers the problems to lie and what is causing them?

2. What will be its short-term strategy in response to this situation?

3. What long-term solutions is it envisaging?

Original language of question: NL
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