On April 2, a screenshot of many ships parked outside Shanghai Port widely circulated on the Internet, raising public concerns about the port’s operation.

According to Caixin, Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) said that the news and the screenshot about severe delays and more than 300 ships waiting for loading and unloading were untrue. They clarified that they are holding normal operations 24 hours a day.

However, the poor land transportation under the massive lockdown has substantially impacted the efficiency of cargo consolidation and transport at the port.

As per the South China Morning Post, Danish shipping company Maersk claimed that truck services are still available in Shanghai, but their efficiency will be reduced by 30% until April 5.

As reported by Sohu, since March 29, container truck drivers must have digital proof of a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours.

The requirement would lead objectively to a reduction of container truck resources when the growing number of COVID-19 cases has restricted the city’s testing capacity.

Both Caixin and Nikkei Asia reported that drivers were reluctant to transport goods to Shanghai due to imposed strict lockdown measures on March 28.

Jarrod Ward, Chief Business Development Officer at Yusen Logistics in Shanghai, said, “The issue is not the port, it’s the trucks.”

He added, “The 48-hour rule is difficult enough, but then you have the ambiguity of the rule changes. Truckers themselves may be on the road when the rules change, so I think that creates a real sense of concern. “

In addition, the South China Morning Post cited Senior Transport Analyst at SWS Research, Yan Hai, saying that the major logistical difficulties are rather on the land route than the port area.

Many ocean carriers are shifting goods to alternative channels in response to the obstacles on the land route.

Head of Research for Freightos Judah Levine said, “Destination ports in the US and Europe could expect some lull in volumes in the coming weeks, followed by an increase that would be another challenge to already congested ports.”

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