Shanghai breaks throughput record following COVID-19 fallout

Top view of deep water port with cargo ship and containers in Shanghai.

The Port of Shanghai registered more than 4.3 million TEU in July’s throughput, a new record.

January – June volume levels have improved on last year’s figures, the port operator Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) announced 2 August.

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A wave of COVID-19 restrictions paralysed the city earlier this year.

Shanghai averaged a daily throughput that neared 140,000 TEU in July, recovering to the pre-pandemic levels.

New data from FourKites indicates that import and export ocean shipment volumes at Chinese ports have bounced back over the past weeks as COVID-19 lockdowns have eased.

Volume at the Port of Shanghai has increased since mid-May, with the 14-day average ocean shipment volume up 15 per cent compared to 12 March (the day before lockdowns went into effect) and up 36 per cent week-over-week for shipments, according to new findings by FourKites.

Ports across China moved a total of 142.3 million TEU over the first half of 2022, a 3 per cent year-on-year increase.

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