Reports of severe port congestion at Shanghai’s Yangshan deepwater port have been coming in with more frequency over the last few days. Operations at MIQ Logistics in Shanghai have reported sailing schedule delays for a variety of reasons:
- Inbound Traffic Limitations: Due to a recent traffic reorganization, container trucks are now limited to just 2 of the 4 lanes feeding into the container terminals at Yangshan port (the other 2 lanes are designated for cars only). This container delay into the terminals results in outgoing vessels being postponed as they are waiting to be loaded. Subsequently, incoming vessels are not being berthed on time.
- Seasonal Bad Weather: The port of Yangshan also suffered from dense fog last week which resulted in additional operational challenges.
- Regrouping of Major Shipping Alliances: As reported by the trade publication Splash 24/7, the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has attributed the congestion to “imbalance business volumes from major container shipping routes following the regroup of major shipping alliances.”
Delays have been resulting in congestion at the Guandong container terminal and also Shengdong container terminal at Yangshan Port. It has been reported that SIPG is rescheduling a number of port calls both for the month of April and May at the other Yangshan container terminals of Hudong, Pudong, and Waigaoqiao.
MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor the reported congestion issues at the port of Yangshan and will send out additional notifications as we are advised. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.