Supply chain issues in China continue to evolve. The most stringent restrictions were implemented in Shanghai but the most recent updates suggest that these are now beginning to be eased. Elsewhere supply chain uncertainty has continued as the current covid outbreak continues to spread across China.


Shanghai’s 26 million residents had been ordered to remain in their homes since early April in response to the surge of new COVID-19 infections. Restrictions have now begun to be lifted and another 4 million people were released yesterday from the strict lockdown.

  • Some major carriers are continuing to skip the port as a direct call with many having stopped accepting bookings.
  • Port congestion had been increasing from the beginning of the current lockdown but latest reports suggest this is now under control.
  • Limited factory production has now re-commenced
  • CFS operations for receiving LCL cargoes remain closed or at best very limited. LCL services from Shanghai remain suspended and cargoes should be routed via Ningbo if possible


There has been limited lockdowns, but to date container lines are still able to offer a full service. Port congestion continues to be an issue leading to delays in vessels being moved onto a berth for unloading and re-loading.

Northern China;

Normal operation continues in the main export areas including Qingdao and Tianjin

Southern China;

A limited lockdown continues to be enforced in Guangzhou, but ports and airports are being permitted to operate normally.

  • Cross border transit between China and Hong Kong continues to be affected with the main impact on LCL cargoes being delivered to Hong Kong for consolidation
  • Port congestion continues to be an issue at Shenzhen port.

Air freight – Shanghai Airport (PVG) remains open but most flights remain cancelled. Space and rates can be offered but need to be checked on a case-by-case basis. All other Chinese airports remain open and operating normally.