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

Wednesday 25/05/22

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 country and a freight forwarder has noted that Tianjin was the latest major port city to go into lockdown.

The forwarder said: “Carriers have cancelled ...

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Supply Chain Stakeholders Enter ‘Uncharted Waters’

Wednesday 25/05/22

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 the lockdown ends.

“We are in unchartered waters, and I think it will be a ‘suck it and see’ situation we will have to ...

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China Covid Crisis Continues

Thursday 28/04/22

Mass testing is now underway in Beijing, the latest mega city to face to tough wrath of the country’s zero-Covid policy.

Port and hinterland snarl-ups across the world’s most populous nation are wreaking havoc for manufacturers and logisticians alike.

While Shanghai has been grabbing the most headlines for its near-month-long lockdown, similar municipal closures are widespread across the People’s Republic. Data from research company Gavekal Dragonomics shows that as of April 20 57 out of China’s top ...

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Harsh Reality of Shanghai’s Lockdown and the Supply Chain

Wednesday 20/04/22

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 Xi Jinping said last week that China’s zero-COVID policy “cannot be relaxed.”

That’s bad news for supply chains that are already feeling the stress of ...

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Shanghai Lockdown Causes Queues of Vessels Stuck Waiting To Enter China

Wednesday 13/04/22

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 Shanghai. 

There were 222 bulkers waiting off Shanghai as of April 11, 15% higher than a month earlier, according to Bloomberg shipping data. ...

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Supply Chains Remain In Chaos as Shanghai Lockdown is Extended Indefinitely

Monday 4/04/22

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 lockdown and local authorities have given no timeframe for its end, other than saying it would be done “in stages”.

And one forwarder said: ...

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Shanghai’s Lockdown Extended

Monday 4/04/22

China’s authorities are struggling with their latest battle with Covid-19. Having placed the eastern side of Shanghai, Pudong, into lockdown at the start of last week for what was planned to be five days, officials have decided to keep Pudong citizens in confinement, while the western side, Puxi, went into lockdown on April 1 as planned in the original two-stage zero-Covid crackdown strategy hatched last weekend.

Factories are shut as is all public transport. While the ...

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Staff Shortages from Covid Heighten Chronic Australian Supply Chain Delays

Australian supply chains are still suffering widespread disruption from Covid-related staff shortages.

According to the Freight & Trade Alliance (F&TA), freight forwarders have reported surging airfreight volumes into Sydney and Melbourne, which, combined with high numbers of staff isolating, has resulted in congestion at both airports.

F&TA noted: “We understand the sudden influx of cargo flights with rapid antigen test kits and other medical equipment is proving to be problematic, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. Numerous chartered cargo flights are arriving with ...

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Covid-19 Creates Chaos in Vietnam and China – What Does This Mean For Shipping?

In China, ports at Shanghai and Ningbo are reportedly facing additional congestion from new Covid restrictions. The two ports were hit hard by a typhoon late last month and have seen productivity slow as new anti-Covid measures are being carried out at most Chinese quaysides in the wake of the sudden spread of the delta variant of Covid-19 over the past three weeks.

Several Chinese cities, including Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou and Beijing have restricted movements such as limiting public transport, locking down specific ...

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Australian-first Covid vaccinations for foreign seafarers in Port Botany

New South Wales Health will provide Covid-19 vaccinations to a small number of foreign seafarers onboard vessels that transport gas between Australian Ports in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus entering the community.

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed this initiative between NSW Health and NSE Ports, which will cover vessels that regularly visit the Port Botany Bulk Liquids Berth, but said the model must be rolled out nationally to reduce the risk of Covid transmission to ...

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