China Box Congestion Spreads to Other Ports

Container port congestion in China is spreading up and down the coast, as new liner-alliance schedules, added to poor weather, cause disruption to container shipping operations.

As reported yesterday, Shanghai’s Yangshan terminals are experiencing lengthy delays and vessel queues. The most congested facilities at Shanghai are now suffering from berthing delays of at least two days, and sources suggest this is having a serious impact on feeder service schedules.

A customer notice issued yesterday by Maersk Line said that public terminals in Qingdao and Ningbo are also now “facing congestion and high yard density.” The line suggested that delays at Chinese ports could continue for a prolonged period.