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 COVID-19 outbreaks across China have led to widespread lockdowns in many cities. The reduced trucking capacity at many Chinese ports could see cargo volumes diminish temporarily as China battles the omicron surge. The supply chain disruption has occurred with restricted trucking services and labor shortage, while shippers are bracing for skyrocketing haulage costs. 

The latest disruption in Shenzhen and Shanghai also cuts into container turnaround. CMA equipment shortage is now deteriorating at many origin ports, so CMA likes to push more SOC business from Shanghai and Ningbo to PSW. 

Due to the impacts of Covid-19 lock-down, carrier have shortfall at almost all China main ports, and we are seeing increase of space availability to PSW and some IPI locations. 

Shanghai: The quarantine area has been further expanded with dynamical changes. The city is organizing massive nucleic acid testing, and Covid test reports valid for 48 hours are widely required for almost all public activities. Trucking restrictions in Shanghai have caused some shipments to be moved out of Ningbo. 

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Port / Space / Equipment Conditions

Shanghai WGQ: Berthing waiting time longer to more than 2 days frequent port closure dense fog. Longer berthing time expected as lock down reduce many powers, as well as slower pickup increase yard density.

Shanghai YS1: vessel berthing delay about 1 day. Lockdown impact will surface in next few days

Ningbo: Berthing waiting time prolonged to 1.5 to 2 days, MSICT & NBCT with longer waiting around 3.5-4 days.

Qingdao: Waiting time around 1 day. Result of on and off port closure in last few days due to dense fog

Shekou: very long berthing delay 3+ days. MCT worst case wait for 1 wk. Terminal only accept laden ingate ETB -4 days continues. Yard density reaching 100%

Nansha: Mderate berthing delay by about half a day. Yard utilization healthy.

Yantian: Berthing delay worsen to around 2 – 3 days, due to slow operation as pilots shortage as well as lack of frontline stevedores. Yard density 90%

Hong Kong: Situation much improved. Berth congestion eased, delay less than 1 day

Pusan: BNCT yard density is around 70%. Berth waiting time around 1 day

Singapore: congestion situation improved, berth waiting time less than 1 day.

Manila: moderated congestion in MNS and MNN, waiting time about 1 day.

Port Kelang: operation normal. Laden yard density around 80%, berthing wait for 0.5 day

Kaohsiung: Yard utilization stable at 90%, berthing waiting time normal

Bangkok: berthing wait time around 1 day


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