According to Bloomberg, containers are stacking up at Shanghai’s largest port as truckers couldn’t pick up boxes at docks due to the mass testing and the city’s lockdown.
Bloomberg cited Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) that the limited number of outbound containers from the port delays clearance imports.
The Japanese carrier also noted that the “critically high” number of chilled containers and dangerous products piled up at two storage yards.
The Telegraph cited ONE that incredibly limited trucking availability resulted in a high density of some delivery yards.
Freight forwarders said tighter truck service controls led to delays in other parts of China.
ONE added that frozen food or hazardous product containers would need to be re-routed to other ports instead.
To smooth out port operations, the Yantian terminal at Shenzhen port will cease container loading and delivery at all berths for around two hours. Truckers were informed not to pick up boxes early to avoid being held up.
According to the Telegraph, the logistic disruption at Shanghai’s port might temporarily ease port backlogs in other countries but would put pressure on other producers who source components from China.
Jeremy Nexon, CEO of ONE, stated that the congestion at China’s ports and other nations was affecting 10% of the global container ship fleet.