9th June 2022
In South Korea, 25,000 unionized truck drivers went on strike. This is to demand that freight rates can be guaranteed and basic wages can be achieved.
Read more … Strikes in ports
20th May 2022
The Chinese government released a temporary three-phased schedule for reopening Shanghai as from 1st June. Production facilities are expected to be brought back online during that time, but delays and backlogs will persist.
Read more … Shanghai is attempting to reopen
10th May 2022
Ocean carrier alliances are preparing to blank more than a third of their sailings from Asia over the coming weeks in response to a reduction in export freight. The blanking strategies by the alliances to mitigate the impact of the Covid lockdowns in China will further extend cargo lead times, particularly to North Europe.
Read more … Carriers ramp up blank sailings as China lockdowns persist
5th May 2022
In Shanghai, the lockdown is being eased in some parts of the city. Although there are signs of improvement, the lockdowns will last until at least mid-May and will continue to affect truck , port and airport operations.
Read more … Supply chains still disrupted
28th April 2022
China and Europe still have critically limited available capacity due to prevailing market conditions including the Zero COVID policy in China and the ongoing war in the Ukraine. Shanghai Airport remains essentially closed given the current lockdown situation with no end date planned.
Read more … Limited Air Freight Capacity
22nd April 2022
China is currently experiencing the biggest Corona outbreak since the pandemic began more than two years ago. Since the most populous country is pursuing a zero-covid strategy, there are extensive curfews in Shanghai and other large cities. This is causing bottlenecks in overland traffic in addition to more and more freight capacity being tied up by waiting ships at important Chinese ports.
Read more … More and more ships queuing up outside China's largest ports
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