The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan has seen a 23.2% year-on-year (YoY) in its sea-rail container transport in H1 2021 and exceeded 700,000 TEU, despite the closure of a container terminal that has caused concern across the global supply chain.
In a statement, the Port, the third busiest in the world, credited the support of governmental departments and emphasis on core national strategies, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including development work on the Yangtze River Delta and construction of a “world-class hub”.
“With the advantages of Hong Kong, we will focus on promoting the development of sea-rail combined transport business and help build a new pattern of dual-cycle development,” the Port said.
The news follows a development earlier in August 2021 when COSCO Shipping Ports welcomed the first container vessel to the newly opened Wuhan Yangulo International Port Water-Rail Intermodal Container Transport Project (CSP Wuhan Terminal), designed to improve trade on the Yangtze River.
The Port of Ningbo Zhoushan has 19 sea-rail combined transport trains, covering 60 prefecture-level cities in 16 provinces – autonomous regions and municipalities.
At the same time, Ningbo Zhoushan Port has strengthened cooperation with railway departments and port inspection units to help export customers alleviate the problems of container source and space shortage, reduce export logistics costs of foreign trade enterprises, and improve customs clearance efficiency.
Additionally, it said it will work to guarantee the service of trains, give full play to the advantages of the transportation organization model of “trains + sporadic”, and increase the frequency of sea-rail intermodal trains.
The Port has been partially closed since 11 August 2021 after one of its container terminals was suspended following an outbreak of COVID-19.