Customer reports, news and press releases.

Port Congestion in North China

The major sea ports in Shanghai, Qingdao and Ningbo are facing serious congestion. Average delays have increased by more than 40 percent since early April. The congestion is predicted to last until mid-May.

There are several factors that contributed to this situation. Containers from Hanjin Shipping, who filed for bankruptcy last year, remain in the port taking up space. As of April 1, the number of large-scale carriers was reduced from four to three - the Ocean Alliance, THE Alliance, and the 2M Alliance. This resulted in shrinking capacity and a complete redrawing of the existing vessel sharing agreement structures.

In addition, overbooking by most carriers, larger size vessels assigned to the Yangshan port (which are less flexible to switch berths and terminals) and seasonal bad weather including dense fog in Shanghai and North China worsened the delays.

The congestion is mainly affecting the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific trade lanes. However, due to the vessel reshuffling delays should be expected until sometime in May.

View a live update of the port on Marine Traffic’s website.

DACHSER USA is closely monitoring the situation and taking efforts to keep your cargo moving as soon as possible. Please contact your local representative if you have any questions.

Copyright © 2018 DACHSER SE. All rights reserved.
back | top | print