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Euler Hermes: The Suez Canal Ship is Not the Only Thing Clogging Global Trade

A review of the obstacles in global trade beyond the 'Ever Given'


On 23 March 2021, a 400-metre-long container ship ran aground in the Suez Canal in Egypt. We calculate that each day of immobilization could cost global trade USD6bn-10bn. 

The problem is that the Suez Canal blockage is the straw that breaks global trade’s back.

Supply-chain disruptions since the beginning of the year (shortages of containers, semi-conductors, etc.) could cost real trade growth -1.4pp or roughly USD230bn of direct impact, on top of the immobilization in the Suez Canal.

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