Container volumes at China’s ports increased slightly during January-April, despite the impact from widespread Covid restrictions, including another lockdown in Tianjin.

According to China’s ministry of transport, port volumes increased 1.7% year on year during the period, to 91M TEUs, with 23.6M handled in April alone.

The Covid-related disruption is continuing at ports across the country, however. In the latest update, Tianjin was the latest major port city to go into lockdown.

In South China, there is no congestion at Yantian and Shekou, however, PCR testing is still required for drivers and cross-border trucking with Hong Kong has been suspended again until further notice.

Meanwhile, Guangzhou was still under lockdown, with restrictions on trucks and drivers, while shipping lines had been cancelling some voyages due to congestion and reduced demand.

Meanwhile, air cargo operations at Shanghai Pudong are slowing recovering; the number of closed-loop operators in the cargo area of Pudong Airport has increased to 8,200, and the support units such as ground service, maintenance, cargo terminals, and freight forwarding, have further increased too.

There are currently 48 airlines operating cargo flights, with the number of cargo routes restored to 53 – an increase of seven airlines and nine routes on mid-April.

(The Loadstar)