Port crisis in China


Tianjin / Xingang / Qingdao: The situation in all ports of central and northern China is not improving. The equipment shortage, especially at 40' and 40' HQ, remains a major problem. For the most part, shipping company departures are not being met.


Jiangsu: Continued port congestion due to equipment shortages at major shipping lines.

Shanghai / Ningbo: Transit times from Ningbo port to other ports in China take more time than usual. Major shipping companies are canceling planned sailings and deciding not to call at ports on short notice.


Wuhan / Chongqing: serious space and equipment problems continue with delays of more than 2 weeks. Some shipping companies have skipped ports and thus many containers are stuck.


Xiamen / Futian: connecting cargoes in Xiamen have long delays, but the situation is improving.

Yantian: The equipment situation has improved, but there are still delays in departures to Ningbo (skipping effect). This has caused delays in the schedules.

Nansha: There are traffic jams at the port due to road restrictions.

Shekou: There are impairments due to schedule delays and delays in Ningbo. (Skipping Effect) The equipment situation has improved but is still not sufficient.

Hong Kong: The port situation in Hong Kong is not improving. Schedules are not kept, delayed CY closings and departures, are part of the daily routine.

Service interruption at Shanghai Airport (PVG)

Due to several COVID incidents, much of the Shanghai airport staff associated with COVID cases have been sent for testing and/or quarantine. Due to the massive reduction in manpower to as low as 25% of normal capacity, cargo handling at PVG Airport has been significantly disrupted.

Below we would like to provide an overview of the current status:

Shanghai PVG Airport has been and continues to be open, but operations are being severely impacted by the drastic reduction in manpower.

- The limited labor force is having a significant impact on ground handling, including loading, unloading and pallet build-up, for all airlines at Shanghai Pudong Airport - As a result, a large backlog has formed. A decrease is visible, but only slowly. - In response to the situation, airlines are adjusting their schedules, canceling flights, rerouting to other airports. - Due to capacity restrictions and flight schedule cancellations, delays as well as increasing backlogs are to be expected. - Our air cargo team is looking for contingencies from PVG at surrounding airports to minimize disruptions to your supply chain.

In summary:

- All ports in Central and Northern China still have major problems with space and/or equipment - Heavy cargoes : 20 DC over 10 t and 40 DC+HQ over 23 t are rejected by major shipping lines. - it is to be expected that ship departures will become even more chaotic. - In South China, normal operations have been largely restored, but. => due to the increase in covid cases in China, authorities have ordered strict covid checks for all anchored vessels. This may lead to further delays of 14-21 days.