Liberty Times reported on April 16 that the strict lockdown measures in Shanghai, China, resulted in the accumulation of containers in the city. All the port’s power sockets are already in use for refrigerated containers. Additionally, expressway blockades have hindered logistics trucks transporting meat and seafood out of the harbor.
Maersk, one of the largest shipping companies globally, responded by announcing the suspension of orders for refrigerated containers to Shanghai. Giant shipping companies such as MSC, Heberrods, CMA CGM, and ONE have followed the Danish company.
As The Loadstar reported, Jasmine Wall, Seko Logistics’ commercial manager for the Asia Pacific, said, “Some carriers, including Maersk and ONE, have started to cancel calls at Shanghai to instead provide intermodal services, such as land-to-water or rail.”
Wall added, “And due to trucking and entry problems, some yards in Shanghai port are under pressure. As a result, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, ONE, and others have said dangerous goods and reefer containers will be transferred to other ports for unloading.”