Chinese Ports report a robust growth in cargo and container volume
In the past few days, it was North American and the European Ports that were making headlines with their massive growth in container volumes, and now China is the new entrant into the league. The Ministry of Transport of China has reported that in the first half of 2021, Chinese ports had strong growth in volume. The robust growth has been achieved despite the famous disruptions such as the Ever Given getting stuck in Suez Canal and the covid-19 induced huge congestion at Yantian Port.
In the first six months of this year, Chinese Ports handled 7.64 billion tons of cargo which is a 13% growth over 2020. It is to be noted that since covid-19 had disrupted the complete global supply chain and Chinese exports were severely impacted, most of the growth came against 2019. Highlighting the same, Sun Wenjian, the ministry of transport’s spokesperson said that 2021 volumes were 14% ahead of 2019. In the year 2021, the total container throughput at export ports of China was 140 million TEU, which is an impressive 15% annual growth.
The Chinese officials said that to accommodate the increased demand, China is striving to increase shipping space and container supply. They said that the country is working with major liner companies to ease the container shortage and handle the rapid increase of freight rates in the international shipping market. Chinese ministry has also coordinated with container manufacturers to increase their output. The capacity on export routes to Europe and North America from China has surged by 30% and 55% respectively from the same period last year.
Even when China is seeing strong growth, the concerns over new surges in covid-19 cases are scary. In June, the covid-19 outbreak around Yantian caused a drop of 40% in the utilization of the port. China is witnessing a surge in covid-19 cases in some parts of the country, and this drives the fear that manufacturing outputs and port utilization can be affected in the future.