As the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo having suspended operations again on 13 September due to Typhoon Chanthu - which hit east-central China on 13 September - further delays are expected for ships waiting to enter China’s two busiest container ports. Analyst Tan Hua Joo stated that when Typhoon In-fa hit the same area on 26 July, Shanghai and Ningbo took more than a week to clear the backlog of ships that were waiting outside the ports.
Tan added: “This time, the queue of ships is even longer, as both ports were still working through the earlier backlog of cargo arising from the Meishan terminal closure that only re-opened at the end of August.”
He explained that China’s approaching Golden Week vacation starting 1 October will exacerbate the delays, with shippers rushing to get their goods out of the country. “This is the peak shipping season so there is a significant disruption to the cargo flow.”