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Lockdowns Hinder Operations at Key Chinese Ports


[Source: Transport Topics] — Congestion in the key Chinese ports of Shenzhen and Hong Kong due to COVID-19 lockdowns has risen to the highest level in five months, posing possible delays to goods heading to the U.S. this summer.

There were approximately 174 vessels anchored or loading off the South China hubs, the largest number since Oct. 21, when the region dealt with the aftermath of Typhoon Kompasu. A queue of ships also is growing at Shanghai.

“Shenzhen is the second-busiest port next to Shanghai, so we will expect to see significant volume shift to the other ports within China,” said Ryan Closser, a director at FourKites, a supply chain information provider. “A couple more weeks of shutdown may not have a huge disruption, but the longer the area is shut down, the more of a ripple effect it will have.”

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