China congestion ‘likely to affect other Asian ports’

Port congestion at key hub terminals in China will ripple down to ports across Asia and further disrupt feeder operations in the coming weeks, according to forwarders.

As reported in Lloyd’s Loading List last week, the ports of Shanghai, Qingdao and Ningbo – all ranked in the world’s top ten box ports – have been struggling with congestion caused by changes to liner alliance networks and compounded by poor weather, strong demand, and the deployment of larger vessels by carriers. Forwarders say the delays have continued into this week, with vessels at some Shanghai terminals now forced to wait to load for up to four days.