Total Shanghai closure bodes poorly for container traffic

Closing the Chinese city indefinitely markedly reduces semi truck capacity, Maersk notes. It’s a ”scant consolation” for the container industry that the Port of Shanghai remains open because the vicinity is strongly affected by the metropolis’ complete lockdown, deems analyst.


The full and indefinite lockdown of Shanghai that Chinese authorities ordered Tuesday to halt Covid-19 contagion in the mega city is making things difficult for container traffic, the sector warns.

In an update on Linkedin, Maersk Head of Operations Asia Pacific Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen writes that ”even though we expect the Chinese ports to continue working without major issues, we foresee a 15–20 percent decrease in trucking capacity in Shanghai due to stricter Covid-19 controls.”

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