Covid-19

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Supply Chain Disruption – Lockdowns in China.. Again

Although a “muted” peak season for shipping, a new wave of Covid-19 lockdowns in China are hitting key ports making it the latest issue hampering the already disrupted supply chain. Covid-19 restrictions are impacting supply chains at Ningbo, Shanghai, and Tianjin, some of the worlds busiest shipping ports. Ningbo (the third busiest container shipping port […]

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Supply Chains ‘broken’ and ‘burned-out’ Workers Slowing Transit Time from Asia

Despite falling demand, transit times from Asia have failed to improve, signifying a “broken” supply chains and “burned-out” logistics workers. According to Mr Lin, a Taiwanese freight forwarder, reduced consumer spending is “dragging down” ocean and air freight demand, leading customers to assume transit times would improve. “However, they have shown no sign of decreasing,

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Covid Slows China Port Volume Growth, as Tianjin Enters New Lockdown

Container volumes at China’s ports increased slightly during January-April, despite the impact from widespread Covid restrictions, including another lockdown in Tianjin. According to China’s ministry of transport, port volumes increased 1.7% year on year during the period, to 91m teu, with 23.6m handled in April alone. The Covid-related disruption is continuing at ports across the

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Supply chain stakeholders enter uncharted waters

Supply Chain Stakeholders Enter ‘Uncharted Waters’

As Shanghai slowly prepares to open, the attention of supply chain stakeholders turns to the potential manufacturing and congestion aftershocks from the two-month Covid lockdown. Shipping lines have been regularly updating customers on the status of empty-container depots and the availability of line haulage, but have little visibility of how intermodal capacity will look when

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Harsh Reality of Shanghai’s Lockdown and the Supply Chain

Since March 27, authorities in Shanghai began a snap lockdown of the city’s roughly 26 million residents after a mass testing revealed “large scale” Covid-19 infections. Since then, stories of desperate citizens struggling to find food have spawned rare protests in the city—and viral videos of residents screaming from their high-rise apartments to share their frustration. But despite the outrage, President

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Shanghai Lockdown Causes Queues of Vessels Stuck Waiting To Enter China

Queues of vessels carrying raw materials have jumped after Shanghai initiated a city-wide lockdown at the end of last month to combat Covid-19. More than two weeks on, the congestion has expanded to nearby Ningbo-Zhoushan as ship-owners desperately divert ships to other ports in the country to avoid the trucker shortage and warehouse closures in

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Supply Chains Remain In Chaos as Shanghai Lockdown is Extended Indefinitely

The Shanghai lockdown has been extended indefinitely, a move that casts further uncertainty over Chinese supply chains, as new data is published showing the impact on China’s ocean freight volumes. The severe restrictions in the eastern half of the city, including Pudong, were due to be lifted on Friday, but nearly all areas remain under

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