The Chinese shipping industry is facing a fresh challenge due to a disruption at Yantian and the neighboring Shekou ports in southern China, near Hong Kong. Newly reported Covid cases are causing increased restrictions in the province, and these are impacting port operations at one of China’s busiest export terminals.
The increased measures began in late May after cases of the virus were diagnosed among workers within the port. Chinese and port officials implemented stringent restrictions and disinfection routines and this week it appeared that the situation might be improving. Port officials said export would resume from the terminals, although with continuing restrictions.
As a result of this, all major container shipping companies in recent days have warned customers of disruptions to the flow of containers through the port. Estimates are that there are more than 20,000 TEU now backlogged in the port, with some sources saying as many as 50 or 60 ships are now anchored out.
Today, Maersk provided a new update to customers. The statement said in part: “The situation continues to deteriorate as more positive COVID cases have been confirmed in Shenzhen where Yantian port and Shekou port are located. We continue to closely monitor the situation and are doing our best to mitigate the impact on your supply chain where possible.”
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