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Shanghai Port Congestion to Last Into May, Say Forwarders

(Greg Knowler – Fairplay)

Average delays for container ships calling at Shanghai’s Yangshan deepwater port have increased by more than 40% since the beginning of April, and forwarders are advising their customers that the congestion could last until mid-May.

The average delay per vessel in the 1 April 6-18 period has grown by 42% to 53 hours compared to last week, and by 41% compared to the first week of April, CargoSmart analysis shows.

The Shanghai delays are having to be managed by forwarders, and Joerg Hoppe, DB Schenker director and head of ocean freight for North and Central China, said he was expecting the situation to continue until mid-May. Click here to read more.