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Shanghai lockdown – severe impact on trucking, warehouses closed

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Expect a severe impact on trucking, closed warehouses and depots Maersk warns customers as Shanghai locks down in two phases over nine days.

While the world’s largest container port remains operational landside logistics operations are feeling the impact of China’s latest lockdown that sees 25 million people forced to stay at home as China battles to keep to its zero-Covid strategy.

Third party logistics provider Dimerco said the impact on the port was “mild”. “Operations are normal, however terminal workers are facing lockdown at home, leading to potential delays. The pick-up of cargo will depend on the road and trucking situation,” it said in an update.

Truck drivers are required to have negative Nucleic Acid Tests (NAT) within the last 48 hours. 

“Trucking service in/out Shanghai will be severely impacted by 30% due to a full lockdown on Shanghai's Pudong and Puxi areas in turn until 5th April. Consequently, there will be longer delivery time and a possible rise in transport costs such as detour fee and highway fee,” Maersk said in a customer advisory. Some highway ramps in and out of the city have also been closed off.

All warehouses in Shanghai are closed from 28 March to 1 April, and many depots are closed until further notice. Industrial production at factories is also halted under the terms of the lockdown.

The lockdown in Shanghai for mass covid testing is similar to that recently in Shenzhen. Maersk said that trucking service in Shenzhen and nearby cities was gradually recovering follwoing the lockdown.

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