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Shanghai and Shenzhen see container decline amid slightly higher box volumes in China

The container throughput of the 12 major Chinese ports was 44.1 million TEUs in the first two months of the year, representing a year-on-year slight increase of 1.3%.

In the same period, the total cargo volume of the ports in China was 2.4 billion tons, translating to a growth of 2.6% compared with the same period last year.

The following chart shows the cargo throughput and container throughput of the 12 major ports in China.

As seen in the table, the port of Shanghai has maintained its dominance, being the busiest container port in the country with 7.46 million TEUs despite the important decline of 8.6% compared with the same months in 2022. The port of Ningbo & Zhoushan is the second busiest box port in China with 5.31 million TEUs, achieving a noteworthy year-on-year growth of 9.1%. In third place, we find the port of Qingdao with 4.18 million TEUs, translating to a year-on-year increase of 12.3%.

Meanwhile, the largest percentage growths were registered at the ports of Dalian, Beibu Gulf and Rizao. Dalian reported year-on-year box growth of 14.8%, Beibu Gulf achieved a 23.5% container increase and Rizao saw its TEUs volumes rise 16.7%.

On the other hand, Shenzen port reported the second biggest year-on-year decline in container volumes, after Shanghai, handling 3.92 million TEUs, translating to an 8.5% drop.

Source: Container News


China ports handle 245 million TEUs so far with Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen taking lion’s share

The container throughput of Chinese ports reached 244.9 million TEUs from January to October 2022, which represents a year-on-year increase of 4%.

Additionally, Chinese ports have seen a slight year-on-year growth of 0.5% in terms of tons, handling 12,933.8 million tons in the first ten months of the year.

The chart below shows the cargo throughput and container throughput data of the twelve major ports in China.

The three ports with the highest container throughput are Shanghai port with 39,080,000 TEUs, Ningbo & Zhoushan port with 28,890,000 TEUs and Shenzhen port with 24,180,000 TEUs.

It is important to mention that smaller box ports have shown the largest percentage increases compared to last year’s numbers. Dalian port showed year-on-year growth of 18.3%, Beibu Gulf port noted a 17% increase, while Rizao port’s container volumes climbed by 12.7%.

On the other hand, Yinkou port was the only container port in the list that saw its box volumes decline by 12.5%, compared to the same period in 2021.

Source: Container News


China ports boost container throughput: Shanghai remains on top, smallers hubs achieve double-digit growth

Chinese container ports have achieved a 4% increase in their container volumes during the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 2021.

China’s box ports have handled 219.3 million TEUs from January to September 2022 and the following table shows the container throughput and the cargo throughput of the twelve major ports in the country.

As seen in the table, the ports in Shanghai, Ningbo & Zhoushan and Shenzhen remain the busiest container hubs of China with 35 million TEUs, 26 million TEUs and 22 million TEUs, respectively.

It is important to note that smaller box ports in Beibu Gulf, Dalian and Rizao are the only ones that have achieved a double-digit percentage growth with 19%, 12.6% and 11%, respectively. On the other hand, Yinkou port is the only port on the list that has reported a container decline, seeing its box volumes decrease by 16.9%.

Additionally, the cargo volume of the Chinese ports has remained relatively steady in terms of tons during the first nine months of the year, marking a marginal year-on-year growth of 0.1%.

Source: Container News


Major Chinese ports report container volume growth from January to August

Chinese container ports have seen a 4.1% increase in the period January-August 2022, compared with the same months last year, with 194.4 million TEU.

In the same period, China’s ports have moved 10.24 billion tons, which represents a marginal 0.1% year-on-year decrease.

The chart below shows the cargo throughput and container throughput data of the twelve major ports in China, according to China’s Ministry of Transport.

We notice that ports of Shanghai, Ningbo&Zhoushan and Shenzhen lead the box volumes race with 31 million TEU, 24 million TEU and 19 million TEU respectively, while Dalian, Yinkou and Lianyungang are in the last places with 2.7 million TEU, 2.9 million TEU and 3.4 million TEU, respectively.

Yinkou was the only port on the list that reported a container volume year-on-year decrease (-19.3%) for the period January-August 2022. On the other hand, Beibu Gulf, Dalian and Ningbo&Zhoushan achieved the largest percentage increases with 20.1%, 13.7% and 10.9%, respectively.

Source: Container News


New container terminal plans at Shanghai port

Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has announced its plans to develop a new container terminal at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Zhejiang province.

SIPG aims to invest US$7.2 billion in the new box facility, which is expected to have a total annual throughput capacity of 11.6 million TEU, seven 70,000-ton, and 15 20,000-ton container berths.

The construction of the new terminal is anticipated to begin at the end of October 2022 and the project is expected to be ready in the next eight years.

Earlier in September, a new empty container transportation center commenced operations at the major port in China, having an annual box capacity of 3 million TEU.

Source: Container News


Shanghai Port Group launches “land-to-water” container service

The Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has announced a container “land-to-water” service, covering the ports in the Yangshan area and Waigaoqiao area of Shanghai Port to related ports in the Yangtze River and Yangtze River Delta areas.

The measure is taken in order to alleviate the pressure on road transportation caused by the impacts of the epidemic, which led to phased lockdowns in the Shanghai municipality.

Under the service, customers can first transport containers to Taicang Service Center, and then transfer them by ship to Shanghai Port, and divert customers’ road transportation needs to waterways through “land to water” to ensure smooth logistics channels during the pandemic days.

Also, as the most important import and export area in Shanghai, the Pudong district has brought together important hubs like Pudong International Airport, Yangshan Port Area, and Waigaoqiao Port Area.

To keep the port area secured from the outbreak of coronavirus, the port group also launched the electronic epidemic prevention pass for truck drivers entering the area to unload and load boxes there.

The platform generates electronic epidemic prevention passes for drivers to use on their mobile phones by connecting the nucleic acid detection data and sends code information of the big data center combined with the business information of electronic equipment handover orders, which significantly improves the logistics turnover efficiency of container vehicles.

Since 28 March, Shanghai has implemented the nucleic acid screening in batches with the Huangpu River as the boundary.

The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration also strictly implemented epidemic prevention and control measures, keeps a close eye on the safety line of defense, implemented unitised management, and strictly implemented the 24-hour shift system for leaders and key positions.

Under the full protection of the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, the flow of ships in key waters like Shanghai Port, Huangpu River, Shanghai section of the Yangtze River, and the mouth of the Yangtze River has remained stable during the pandemic days.

On the other hand, in terms of public transportation– the operation of buses, subways, ferries, taxis, and online car-hailing has been suspended in the closed area of Shanghai.

Source: Container News


Congestion fears as Shanghai enters two-phase lockdown

Congestion around the world’s busiest container port is expected to intensify as Shanghai will be locked down in two stages for a Covid-19 mass testing exercise.

Shanghai’s lockdown began at 05AM local time yesterday (28 March), with the areas east of the Huangpu River entering a four-day lockdown. Subsequently, areas west of the Huangpu River will be sealed off for four days. During the lockdowns, residents will be barred from leaving their homes and public transport will be suspended.

While Shanghai Port has asserted that it will remain open throughout the lockdown, Linerlytica analyst Tan Hua Joo told Container News that the lockdowns will add to port congestion.

Tan said, “Exports will be curtailed as factory production is affected while ports remain open. However, based on what was observed during the lockdown at Shenzhen, port operations were affected by manpower shortages so an increase in port congestion is expected.”

Linerlytica’s data shows that worsening port congestion has affected more than 14% of total containership capacity for the first time last week, with further increases expected due to the Shanghai lockdown.

US electric vehicle maker Tesla is understood to have halted production at its Shanghai factory during the lockdown, according to Bloomberg.

Taiwanese newspaper United Daily News said that Taiwanese owners of electronics factories in Kunshan in China’s Jiangsu province are panicking as the lockdowns will impede them from moving their goods to Shanghai for export. Complicating the situation is China’s two-day Tomb Sweeping holiday on 4 to 5 April, which coincides with the stipulated end of Shanghai’s lockdown.

China, adopting a zero-Covid-19 policy, is battling a resurgence of the outbreak that first appeared in Wuhan in late 2019, resulting in lockdowns in Shenzhen (since lifted) and Jilin province. As of 27 March, at least 6,000 local transmissions were reported nationwide.

In an advisory sent to customers, UK freight forwarder Embrace Global Logistics said that disruptions to factory production and delays in shipping to and from Shanghai can be expected.

The advisory stated, “The decision (to lock down) came as a surprise as city officials until very recently assured that no such action was planned. Factories and companies would be allowed to operate either under the ‘closed loop’ system or on a work-from-home basis. That means factories are sealed off with only limited staff working and living inside the areas.”

The company said its staff living in the affected areas will be working from home, as all operational and administrative activities will continue as usual but strictly adhering to the new guidelines.

Embrace added that Ningbo port, although within close proximity of Shanghai, is not affected at all.

Source: Container News