Shanghai, the world’s biggest container port, is facing growing congestion as ships are diverted from Tianjin, where authorities suspended some trucking services near the port due to an Omicron outbreak. Vessels are also re-routing to Xiamen in the south, ship-tracking data showed. Shipping industry sources said the congestion in Shanghai could delay schedules for container vessels by about a week.
Tianjin ordered a half-day break to allow workers to attend COVID-19 testing as it tried to contain the spread of the highly-contagious strain. Industry sources said the measure had halved trucking capacity as drivers are required to be tested every day to enter the port. The Shekou terminal in Shenzhen had started testing truck drivers and restricting cargo acceptances, resulting in a queue of ships off the port.
Shanghai port congestion could further deteriorate as Omicron has also spread to the port city of Dalian. That congestion, coupled with the impending Chinese New Year closures, could ripple outward to already-jammed gateways in Europe and North America.
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Last Updated on January 14, 2022 10:58 AM (GMT+8)