As far as the current Asian and Chinese markets are concerned, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Ningbo and Shanghai have all reported insufficient equipment, increasingly delayed ship berthing operations, and continued pressure on the ports. Australia’s ports are suffering from a large backlog of empty containers. It is estimated that the number of empty containers exceeds 50,000. This is especially true in Sydney, where recent labor actions have affected the relocation of equipment to Asia. As for the US market, the Container xChange report stated that West Coast ports and Chicago have been struggling to cope with the surge in imports, putting West Coast port facilities “under tremendous pressure.” “Many containers arriving at the port have to be transported to the docks and warehouses. To do this, they need trailers. And now there is a shortage of trailers in many places, causing congestion. Containers stranded in the port also mean that many operations have to be stopped. Factors that also affect the availability of containers,” the Container xChange report said. When talking about the increasing problems of port facilities transportation, American transportation consultant Jon Monroe pointed out that American importers and freight companies have particular difficulties in handling container terminals, and Los Angeles and Long Beach are leading the competition. The main reason behind this is the US presidential election. Port workers take a vacation on election day, which has a negative impact on the port environment.
ONE also experienced ship delays, causing serious congestion at the terminal. The reliability of ships is also declining, which has a lot to do with the congestion of Asian ports. "In many basic ports in China, if not most, equipment is scarce. In some ports, such as Xingang, factories may be drying containers to Qingdao. Unfortunately, Qingdao also faces the same problem." The availability of containers is also affected. After a major blow, some ships were not fully loaded when they left China, not because of insufficient cargo, but because the number of available containers was still unstable. At such a critical juncture, this situation will only get worse before the holiday, and it is likely to continue until the Chinese New Year (this year’s Spring Festival has already arrived in February).
Post time: Nov-12-2020