Shanghai port, the world’s largest container harbor, has been partially-operated since China’s financial hub started the strict COVID-19 epidemic prevention measures on March 28.
Caixin cited a freight forwarding company reporting on March 31 that although Shanghai International Port Group allows container vehicles to enter with a license, fewer meet the conditions for entering the port due to insufficient nucleic acid testing capabilities.
According to Shanghai’s requirements, from March 29, all container trucks involved in transportation into Shanghai port need to hold a digital clearance pass issued by the Shanghai International Port Group.
In order to obtain this pass, the drivers need to hold proof of negative nucleic acid testing within 48 hours.
This new requirement has led to greater difficulty for container trucks to enter and exit the port, and thus results in a significant drop in port efficiency.
The report also said that the main sources of goods in Shanghai Port are from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, and most of the loaded goods are transported by barges or trucks.
However, due to stricter COVID-19 epidemic prevention policies in various parts of China, truck drivers are now reluctant to deliver goods to Shanghai port.
According to Apollo News, Shanghai Zhongyuan Container Shipping Agent Co. Ltd. said that many truckers have refused to deliver to Shanghai because they need to be quarantined after returning to their hometown from Shanghai.
Therefore, some shipping companies have already decided to reroute their Shanghai-bound vessels to Ningbo port.
The report noted that the obstruction of logistics on land has already increased the congestion of ships arriving at Ningbo port.
Lloyd’s Register maritime intelligence data shows that the number of container ships anchored outside Shanghai and Ningbo ports has rapidly increased from about 120 to 168 ships on March 30, just in a few days.
As a result, Shanghai Port has recently launched a new service to alleviate this problem, according to a report from The Paper.
More specifically, this new service will deliver goods directly to Taicang 太仓 Port or Suzhou Port in Jiangsu province for consolidation. From there, goods will be transported by boat to Yangshan Port or the Waigaoqiao Port area to avoid the process of entering Shanghai port by land during the COVID-19 epidemic.