Shanghai lockdown – severe impact on trucking, warehouses closed
As the world’s largest container port remains operational, inland logistics operations are feeling the impact of China’s latest lockdown that is forcing 25 million people to stay at home as China struggles to maintain its zero-Covid strategy .
Third-party logistics provider Dimerco said the impact on the port was “light”. “Operations are normal, but terminal workers are facing home confinement, leading to potential delays. Pickup of goods will depend on the road situation and trucking,” he said in an update.
Truckers are required to have Negative nucleic acid (NAT) tests within the last 48 hours.
“Trucking service to/from Shanghai will be severely impacted by 30% due to a full lockdown of Pudong and Puxi areas in Shanghai until April 5. Therefore, there will be a longer delivery time and possible increase in transportation costs such as detour fees and highway charges,” Maersk said in a notice to customers. Some freeway ramps inside and outside the city were also closed.
All warehouses in Shanghai are closed from March 28 to April 1, and many depots are closed until further notice. Industrial production in factories is also stopped under the lockdown.
The lockdown in Shanghai for mass covid testing is similar to the one recently in Shenzhen. Maersk said trucking service in Shenzhen and nearby cities was gradually recovering after the lockdown.
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