Yantian Port returns to full operations, box backlog expected to take weeks to clear

Yantian Port has resumed normal operations after a month-long cut in productivity brought about by a Covid-19 outbreak. Shippers have been warned it will take many weeks to clear up the immense container backlog in south China that has brought further strain to global supply chains over the past four weeks.

A note sent to clients on Tuesday 23rd June from Yantian International Container Terminals states: “Currently, COVID-19 has been effectively under control in the port area, and the operation capacity of the terminals have steadily recovered. It is now decided that from 00:00 on June 24, YANTIAN will resume full operations.”

All berths will resume normal operations while the number of laden gate-in tractors will be increased to 9,000 per day, and the pickup of empty containers and import laden containers will return to normal.

The arrangements of accepting export laden containers will resume normal operations within seven days of a vessel’s ETA.

Lars Jensen, CEO of container consultancy Vespucci Maritime, has predicted that it will take Yantian more than two months to clear the more than 700,000 teu queuing outside its quays along with all the cargo that is scheduled to call at the key export gateway in the coming weeks.

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