4th Typhoon Hits East China in less than 30 Days

Typhoon Rumbia, the eighteenth typhoon of the year, and fourth to affect East China in less than 30 days is forecasted to make landfall between August 16 and 17, local China time. Approximately 50,000 people have been evacuated from China’s Zhejiang Province ahead of the storm. Typhoon Rumbia, like the previous three typhoons in recent weeks, will impact the ocean ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, airports at Shanghai-Pudong and Shanghai-Hongqiao, as well as others in the region. As with previous storms, airports and ocean terminals will close until the storm passes. This will affect the sailing and flight schedules and lead to possible delays.

The typhoons are adding to the strain on an already tense market experiencing an early and strong peak season, driven by ocean carrier capacity reductions and the U.S./China trade tensions.

The following is a breakdown by week of the typhoons, with the most recent typhoon expected to make landfall on August 17.

Week Date Typhoon Impacted Area   Port Terminal / Airport Closures Comments
wk30 July
22
Ampil East China / North China Both Shanghai terminals closed 1500 local time. Shanghai schedule impacted with 2-3 day departure delays.
wk31 August 2 Jongdari East China / North China Both Shanghai terminals closed 2300 local time. Shanghai schedule impacted with departure delays.
wk33 August 13 Yagi East China Both Shanghai terminals closed 1600 local time. Shanghai schedule impacted with departure delays; concern with possible congestion issues but none reported.
wk33 August 16 Rumbia East China Both Shanghai terminals closed 1600 local time.
General and Business flights must depart by 1000 local time or move to a hangar. All landing and parking of aircraft likely will not open until 1200 local time on August 18.
Shanghai schedule impacted with departure delays; pending update on possible congestion issues. Both airports have had about 300 flights canceled. Train service was also impacted with nearly 100 trains suspended.

MIQ will continue to monitor any service delays and/or routing changes that can impact transit times and provide updates as they are available.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.