Southern China

Shipping costs up due to COVID-19 flare-ups in Guangdong Province

Renewed cases of COVID-19 at the Yantian Port area in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, have pushed the port to slow down its operations by suspending the acceptance of heavy export containers for several days. According to a local official statement issued on Friday, the Yantian district in Shenzhen urged all citizens to be tested for COVID-19.

In the province, apart from Yantian, Guangzhou and Foshan also reported new COVID-19 cases. This caused disruptions to not just port operations but also cargo transport. As a result of the new COVID-19 cases, the Yantian Port has stated it would stop accepting heavy containers waiting for export starting from Tuesday. According to new requirements, the port would only accept heavy export containers with an estimated time of arrival within three days, and this condition will last until June 6.

Shipping agencies worry about disruptions. Apart from impacts on port operations, the main problem is that there are "abundant export goods and a lack of containers," a staffer at logistics company JC Trans told

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