As China’s COVID cases jump Hong Kong extends flight suspensions, Shenzen announces  a seven day lockdown and Shanghai Pudong airport is closing to inbound passenger flights.

We are expecting to see alternative routes out of China, and in particular our popular sea/air services, experience a surge in interest, as China closes Shanghai Pudong (PVG) Airport to inbound passenger flights.

Inbound international passenger flights are being diverted to 13 other cities for six weeks in a bid to stop the spread of new COVID cases.

Cargo services and freighter flights are not affected, but the diminished capacity in and out of PVG will put pressure on rates.

Shenzhen announced new COVID restrictions on Sunday, with a lockdown for the next seven days and staff working from home. Most offices have remote working and limitations of public transport will affect operations at offices and factories.

Cross-border trucks between China and Hong Kong are being limited due to COVID measures, with long waiting times for control and restrictions for travel determining the capacity.

Many of the goods for Cross-border are now transported by ocean due to limited truck capacity.

Warehouses in the city have reduced capacity for cargo handling causing delays for handling and loadings.

New measures were announced on Sunday to restrict travel and limit the spread of the virus. The measures are announced with effect until the 20th March and may be adjusted, subject to developments.

Most warehouses will be on lockdown from 14th March until further notice.

Air: Inbound international passenger flights are being diverted.

Ground handling and cargo receiving are affected; airlines required drivers to be tested within 24 hours before delivery, and terminals can only receive the goods within 48 hours before departure. Warehouse handling has noticed lockdown and needs case by case to check before receiving cargo. The measures will limit capacity for cargo handling.

Ocean: Ports in Shenzhen are operating, but the trucking and warehouse limitations will reduce the port volumes.

Normal operations for transportation, offices and factories

Ningbo city has normal operations for transportation and warehouse activities.

Some nearby areas such as Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Jiaxing have local measures with factories and community closures based on the local conditions.

Normal operations for transportation.

Many offices work remotely or with limited staff.

Warehouses and terminals operate as normal but require the driver to be tested within 48 hours before delivery which limits trucking capacity.

Some factories depending on locations have announced reduced or stopped operations based on local conditions.

Qingdao city has normal operations for transportation and warehouse activities.

Trucking across the Shandong province is a bit difficult. Weihai, Rushan and Weifang have measures restricting operations.

Air and ocean shipping operate as normal.

Warehouse operations are open, but limited capacity due to lack of workers in the Qingdao port warehouse.

Normal operations for transportations and warehouse activities.

The supply chain impact of Omicron continues to be felt across China. Our local teams are monitoring the evolving situation closely and we will share important news and developments, so that you can make informed decisions and protect your supply chain.