Three weeks into Shanghai’s lockdown, China prompted major shipping lines to advise customers to divert containers to other ports.
ore specifically, shipping lines have warned that the port was running out of reefer plugs, informing customers that they might not be able to offload their refrigerated containers.
As ONE explained, the situation in Shanghai has not improved, noting that trucking remains limited and the terminals are still congested, whilst reefer yard plug capacity remains highly stressed.
Furthermore, other major carriers are also reporting similar actions, with Maersk advising customers that as of April 14 it had stopped all new reefer/dangerous cargo bookings into Shanghai until further notice.
Additionally, shipyards in China have also been forced to close. More specifically, three shipyards owned by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) had been closed as early, with reports that the yards declared force majeure.