China’s Covid-19 flare-up threatens backlogs in the bustling port of Shenzhen
China’s Covid-19 flare-up threatens backlogs in the bustling port of Shenzhen

China’s Covid-19 flare-up threatens backlogs in the bustling port of Shenzhen

Cargo ships gather in one of China’s busiest ports after another Covid-19 outbreak close factories and warehouses in Shenzhen, increasing the prospect of a new round of bottlenecks that could push up freight rates and slow down deliveries.

There are more than 35 ships waiting to dock in Shenzhen and another 30 further north in Qingdao, according to ship brokers. The port of Shenzhen, which serves a major manufacturing and export hub, includes the Yantian Terminal, which handles about a quarter of all U.S.-bound Chinese exports. Shenzhen remains open, but most factories and department stores were ordered to close last week, and container loading is declining rapidly as fewer trucks arrive.

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