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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.

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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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