In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption that has caused within the shipping industry, Chinese ports experience substantial delays to vessels carrying imported coal to China, in particular coal loaded in Australia.
As Standard Club informed, the main delays are occuring at the ports of Jingtang, Caofeidian, Huanghua and Bayuquan.
In fact, the delays in waiting for a discharge berth range from 2 or 3 weeks up to 3 months, while appear to be impacting vessels carrying coal from Australia in particular.
It is understood that the delays are due to a strict interpretation by the customs authorities of import regulations, resulting in prolonged customs clearance formalities, along with quota controls. We are also advised that the delays may be due to reduced domestic demand for imported coal.
…Standard Club noted.
Following the situation, members who intend to carry coal to China are advised to contact their local ship agents well in advance of arrival.
At the same time members are urged to carefully consider the potential impact of such delays on any planned or pending crew changes in the area.
Overall, Chinese ports recently tightened procedures relating to coronavirus tests at its ports facilities, in an effort to control the spread of the pandemic.