More freight delays are expected in China this week, after typhoon In-Fa forced the closure of Shanghai’s container port and airport over the weekend.
Last week the typhoon brought a tremendous amount of rainfall that caused flooding in China’s central Henan province, causing disruptions at Zhengzhou (CGO), a major airfreight hub.
A spokesperson for Cargolux airline said on Friday: “Flight delays have been experienced, but things are returning to normal. Although cargo flights are not restricted, customs processing of imports into CGO are delayed, but exports are not affected.”
However, as the typhoon headed towards the city of Zhoushan, making landfall on Sunday, it prompted the closure of Shanghai’s air, sea and rail hubs just 150km north.
According to one forwarder, warehouses have also stopped container loading and deliveries to terminals.
“Shanghai has been closed since Friday and port operations are expected to reopen tonight around 10pm. Ningbo port was also closed on Friday, but terminals and depots are resuming this afternoon. We expect to see vessel berthing delays of four-to-six days at each port.” the forwarder said.
Hundreds of flights from Shanghai and Ningbo have been cancelled. Ningbo International, Shanghai Pudong and Shanghai Hongqiao were all closed yesterday.
On the land side, A logistics company said road transport across the whole region had been affected by flooding and warned customers China-Europe rail freight was disrupted by the heavy rain in Henan.
“Cargo is being re-configured to other terminals in China, but we expect it to add more pressure on the service, which already has equipment shortages and limited space.”
Information sourced from HERE.