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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

German Supply Chains Are Hobbling Recovery of Europe’s No. 1 Economy

Roughly a third of Germany’s coal, crude oil, natural gas, grains and chemicals—travel along inland waterways.

  • Germany’s logistics problems are worsening an economic slowdown, with shallow rivers for barge traffic exposing fragile inland supply routes, an under-invested railway system that can’t take on the extra capacity, and seaports that are still heaving with cargo.

  • Although The Rhine’s levels have rebounded a bit in recent days after low depths in the past weeks, German supply chains are still wobbling. Barges are carrying only 15-25% of their usual loads to decrease their weights.



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