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Anxious European importers turn to trucks to get Chinese goods

Port congestion and shortage of shipping containers drive search for alternatives

Truck deliveries from China to Europe are encountering fewer delays than sea and rail shipments.    © EPA/Jiji

HAMBURG, Germany -- Shoe distributor Hamm Market Solutions had to be sure this year's fall/winter collection would arrive in Germany from its supplier's factory in southern China's Guangdong Province in time -- or face having to dispose of 84,000 pairs of casual footwear at a steep discount.

Werner Prigandt, the company's logistics chief, knew it would be risky to move the shoes by sea, Hamm's usual method, given widespread delays from congested ports and a shortage of shipping containers.

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