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Shipping turmoil could hit Xmas shipping

[ July 7, 2021   //   ]

Dwell times at major Shenzhen ports remain disruptively high, despite trending downward in recent days with the Port of Yantian at full capacity again, reported shipping analysts project 44 on 6 July.  

It said that disruptions related to China’s Covid quarantine efforts could extend well into the year, potentially affecting Christmas shipments. 

Last month, Chinese authorities restricted operations at the Port of Yantian in an effort to slow a Covid outbreak in the region, creating a massive cargo bottleneck at the port.  

Despite the port operating at full capacity again, the backlog is affecting the region’s manufacturing sector. 

As of 1 July, the rolling seven-day average dwell times were 12.9 days for outbound and 4.2 days for inbound cargo. But while high by pre-pandemic measurements, these are well below last month’s high of 25.4 for loading, which occurred on 22 June.