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China port congestion worsens as Ningbo shuts for seventh day

Vessels are queuing off Chinese ports on the seventh day of Ningbo shutdown, as the covid-related shutdown worsens container congestion in the country's other ports.

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The partial closure of the world's third-busiest container port is worsening congestion at other major Chinese ports, as ships divert away from Ningbo amid uncertainty over how long virus control measures in the city will last.

In nearby Shanghai and in Hong Kong, congestion is once again increasing after dropping due to the reopening of Yantian port in Shenzhen, which shut in May for a separate outbreak. The number of container ships anchored off Xiamen on China's southeast coast rose to 24 from 6 at the start of the month, according to shipping data compiled by Bloomberg.

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