Yantian Port resumes full-scale operations

On June 24, the Yantian Port became fully operational after the government restrictions due to covid-19 were lifted. As per the statement released by Hutchison Ports Yantian, Covid-19 is under control in the port area and thus the Yantian port has been allowed to operate in full capacity of its terminals. The company had closed three of its berths on May 21 to address the Covid-19 outbreak.

At local time 00:00 on 24th June, Yantian resumed full-scale operations. All the berths including the West Port resumed normal operations and the laden gate-in tractors number climbed up to 9,000 per day. The pickup of imported containers and empty containers remained normal. Hutchison Ports Yantian said that the port will continue to implement the epidemic prevention and control measures to promote production in a safe and organized manner.

Recently Yantian has been in the news for its massive container congestion. The notorious congestion at Yantian had caused some of the major shipping lines to bypass the port. At its worst, the congestion had pushed vessels into a delay of 16 days for berthing. Major shipping lines had decided to avoid Yantian and divert containers to alternatives such as Nansha Port. Covid-19 has disrupted the whole supply chain, with blank sailings increasing by 300% in just one month. The disruption in Shenzhen has pushed the shipping cost at record highs. This month the spot rates for a 40- foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles jumped 11% whereas the rates for Shanghai to Rotterdam prices climbed 10%.

Industry experts have warned about the ripples that these backlogs in Chinese ports, especially at Yantian, will be having on the global supply chain. They have warned that even looking at the best-case scenarios, it can take up to several weeks to clear the container backlogs at Yantian.

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