China’s authorities are struggling with their latest battle with Covid-19. Having placed the eastern side of Shanghai, Pudong, into lockdown at the start of last week for what was planned to be five days, officials have decided to keep Pudong citizens in confinement, while the western side, Puxi, went into lockdown on April 1 as planned in the original two-stage zero-Covid crackdown strategy hatched last weekend.
Factories are shut as is all public transport. While the city’s many port terminals are operating – dockworkers working in a so-called closed-loop fashion – productivity has fallen dramatically this week, as it has among the local trucking workforce. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported earlier this week that Yangshan container port is operating at half capacity due to Covid restrictions. Yangshan operates a closed-loop protocol where the workers are divided into two teams and have to live in a sealed-off area at the port. Similar measures are in place at the Waigaoqiao container port as well as at Pudong airport. Air cargo volumes out of the city have also slumped.
“Though Shanghai port is operating, due to the lockdown, there are not enough longshoremen in the port, so the efficiency for loading and unloading has been impacted. Both Waigaoqiao Port and Yangshan Port are congested,” an update from a logistics company suggested.
Some ocean carriers have announced vessel delays or are omitting Shanghai calling of some voyages, and some have announced blank sailings. Many shippers have shifted to Ningbo port to the south with some carriers allocating more space there.
The lockdown in Shanghai comes at a time where congestion at the port had been building for the past month, for all ship types, not just containerships.
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