The backlog of vessels at the Port of Yantian has now cleared, with berth availability at 100%. This follows the terminal’s return to full operations on Thursday 24th June.
Previous restrictions meant the number of laden containers allowed to enter the port was limited to 4,000-5,000 per day, however port officials have now said this will increase to 9,000 per day. In order to ensure cargo dwelling on the docks is moved first, a seven-day window is being put in place on new cargo entering the gate based on a booked vessel’s estimated time of arrival.
Despite Yantian officials feeling confident that the accumulation of stacked containers can be eliminated in two weeks, it is not expected that supply chains will return to normal in the immediate future. The backlog of shipments in factories and warehouses across Shenzhen will take much longer to clear.
Trucking restrictions in South China are still in place:
- Drivers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test if transporting containers from other provinces
- The Port of Shekhou will not accept drivers who have previously been to Nanshan
- Some terminals in Dachang Bay say drivers must have a Shenzhen registration on their license plate; they will also hold drivers for 48 hours until test results are received
Further port congestion and vessel delays at major ports around the world are highly likely, impacted by the cascade of released freight from Yantian.
We are continuing to monitor the situation. For any enquiries relating to specific bookings, please contact our Customer teams.