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Suez Canal blockage underscores a serious risk for supply chains

Container ships grow in size and become potential obstacles in trade arteries

The Ever Given container ship wedged in the Suez Canal on March 26.    © Maxar Technologies/Reuters

TOKYO -- Traffic resumed in the Suez Canal on Monday evening after the gigantic container ship that had been stuck in the waterway was dislodged.

But it was only after the 400-meter-long behemoth had clogged the vital trade artery for nearly a week, causing a backlog of more than 400 ships waiting to cross, and hefty losses.

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