Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan operating steadily in light of new COVID-19 measures

ship unloader on ore terminal, ningbo port is the largest discharging and loading ore port in China

The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is operating steadily, despite facing the temporary closure of expressway exits and service areas.

China is currently facing its worse spike in COVID-19 since the pandemic began, this has led to all Eastern provinces upgrading their epidemic prevention and control measures.

As of 13 April, the country’s National Health Commission reported 1,500 locally transmitted confirmed cases in Chinese mainland.

One of the largest measures saw the Ningbo Epidemic Prevention and Control Office announce the temporary closure of 15 expressway exits in Ningbo, this will no doubt have a substantial impact on trucking movements.

Several carriers have already reported major disruptions in available trucking capacities due to the lockdown in Shanghai.

Even though operations remain active at the Port of Shanghai, last week, Ocean Network Express (ONE) notified customers that availability is very limited at the moment and the clearance of import cargos has been impacted as a result.

The city of Ningbo has also seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, sparking congestion concerns at its major port.

Officials say that the Ningbo Municipal Government will make every effort to ensure the stable operation of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port.

Terminal operations at China’s second-largest port were previously suspended in August last year following a positive COVID-19 case.

As many shipping lines are currently diverting their cargo to Ningbo to avoid delays in Shanghai, if terminals were to close again, supply chains could face severe bottlenecks.

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