Covid Impacting China As Ningbo Closes
** 12th August Update below.
Covid cases in China are continuing to impact logistics. Vessels were being turned away from the Port of Ningbo today, which eventually led to a terminal closure from 15:30 pm local time (8.30 am UK).
The current situation relates to just one terminal worker testing positive, with the port closed until further notice. This means that containers cannot be delivered to, or collected from, the port for the time being.
China is currently witnessing coronavirus outbreaks in various regions, which has been impacting ocean freight logistics across the board due to the government’s tough stance on locking down.
Air freight is also suffering from increased regulations to combat covid cases, and has seen around 30% reduction in capacity.
Air freight rates are rising and heavy backlogs have developed at Shanghai Pudong, Beijing airport and Guangzhou airport.
The backlogs in Chinese air freight have also impacted Hong Kong, where space is very limited, as importers look for alternative solutions.
Authorities have implemented strict rules on transportation, with all trucking drivers required to show an up to date negative COVID-19 test from the previous 48 hours.
Update 12th August – The closure at Ningbo only applies to Ningbo’s Meidong Container Terminal, which is mainly used by the Ocean Alliance. However, slow operations can be expected throughout. There is no immediate news of when the terminal is due to be reopened.
As ever, Atlantic Pacific continue to work diligently to mitigate supply chain disruption during these extremely difficult times. Should you require further information on the above, then please do not hesitate to contact us.