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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Shanghai shutdown – Factories Expected to Suspend Manufacturing

Tuesday 29/03/22

China’s biggest city Shanghai began a two-stage lockdown Monday as authorities attempt different strategies to maintain growth, while trying to control the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

The city of 25 million people will first lock down areas east of the Huangpu River, which includes its financial district and industrial parks, for four days starting on Monday. Then the lockdown will shift to the city’s west for another four days, according to a statement released ...

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The Shenzhen Lockdown and its Impact on The Supply Chain

Tuesday 15/03/22

Shenzhen, a Chinese city and a major tech hub, was placed in lockdown on Sunday after an outbreak of COVID cases.

The lockdown is scheduled to last a week while health authorities administer COVID tests to the city’s 17.5 million residents and try to limit the virus’ spread. 

But apart from affecting the people of Shenzhen, who are dealing with more COVID cases and lost wages, supply chain experts say the impact of the lockdown will devastate global imports ...

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Ukraine Invasion Having Global Impacts on Shipping

Wednesday 9/03/2022

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine snarls regional logistics and rattles the global commodity market, ripples are spilling over into container shipping, resulting in more delays, less capacity and higher costs, according to experts.

The conflict in Ukraine, a country at the nexus of Europe and Asia, is weighing on ocean traffic between the two continents in particular, they said.

Though the world’s major shipping routes do not pass near Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, ...

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Svitzer Tugs – Protected Industrial Action

Thursday 17/02/22

Tug masters employed by Svitzer Australia (represented by the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU)) are undertaking extensive Protected Industrial Action (PIA) across many ports in Australia.

These strike actions are impacting on vessel arrivals and departures in Port Botany, Brisbane and Fremantle. 

The current notified PIAs in Australian container ports are:

Port Botany:

  • 48-hour stoppage from 00:01 on 17 February to 00:01 on 19 February
  • 48-hour stoppage from 00:01 on 22 to 00:01 on 24 February


  • 48-hour stoppage from 0600 on 17 February ...
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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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Is The Supply Chain Broken?

Peter Cole, owner of Australian ecommerce company Urban Plant Growers is still waiting for his shipment two months after it was due to arrive in Sydney.  Cole’s $1.6 million order of hydroponic kits and lights, packed into two 40-foot shipping containers aboard a ship that set sail from Shenzhen, China, is still floating somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

It never used to be this way. Before the pandemic, Cole’s kit was manufactured, shipped, and ready to sell to his customers in ...

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The 2020-21 ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report Causes a Stir Between Shipping Australia and The Container Transport Alliance Australia

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) recent container stevedoring monitoring report 2020-21 is causing a stir between Shipping Australia Limited’s (SAL) CEO, Melwyn Noronha and The Container Transport Alliance Australia’s (CTAA) Director, Neil Chambers.

A high-level meeting was subsequently called by the Department of Home Affairs to discuss the issues in the ACCC report, including port congestion, port performance and industrial relations. Also present were a wide range of representatives from industry and also government officials from bodies ...

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Releases Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2020-21- Revealing that Supply Chain Disruptions are leaving Australian Businesses Vulnerable

The disruption to the container supply chains has left Australian businesses vulnerable, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC released its annual container stevedore monitoring report which looks at the impact of the current global logistics crisis on Australia’s container trade, as well as the prices, costs, and profits of stevedores at Australia’s international container ports. This report showed that delayed shipments and rapidly rising freight rates were putting “intense pressure” on importers and exporters.

The commission ...

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