As businesses and transportation are gradually re-opening in China, we summarise the current status across the regions, ports and freight operations (by mode).

Last week authorities in significant centres like Shanghai and Shenzhen gave the green light for businesses to resume operations, and while the situation is improving, there are local variations on how workers will return and to which extent.

NGL Offices
Our offices in China resumed operations on February 10th, with the exception of the Ningbo office which continues to work remotely.

Factory production
Except for Hubei province, most areas are gradually returning to operation.

Limitations imposed on transportation, continue to hinder many workers from getting back to their place of work, which, means many factories will operate with reduced capacity and workforce.

Several cities implemented 14 days of quarantine for workers that return from outside towns, before they can return to work.

With the gradual restart, we expect the capacity for deliveries from China factories will remain low during the remainder of February.

We detail in the tables below (and downloadable PDF) the current warehouse, transport and freight situation across the country.

Factories: Current status

Region

Factories Current Status

Tianjin

80% of factories return to operations this week

Most factories started operations in reduced capacity, many workers are still not back

Dalian

80% of factories return to operations this week

Most factories started operations in reduced capacity, many workers are still not back

Fuzhou

Part of factories return to operations this week

Xiamen

Most factories return to operation this week

Guangzhou

50% of factories resume operations during February 17-20, some postponed to Mar 1

Shenzhen

50% of factories resume operations during February 17-20, some postponed to Mar 1

Hong Kong

Operating

Shanghai

Shanghai – Estimated 80% of factories is now back to start production.

Zhejiang – Estimated 50% of factories is now back to start production.

Ningbo

The majority of production is still closed

Some factories resume to operations on February 17

For factories resume to operation, majority operate with reduced workforce

Qingdao

80% of factories return to operations this week

Majority of started factories operate at reduced capacity, many workers still not back

The main limitation for transport is road closure and the limited availability of truckers.
Our team is in close contact with shippers for the best solutions ongoing. The situation is still a significant limitation, but improving for each week.

Ocean carriers announced a total “blanking” of 58 sailings from Asia to Europe during Q1.

We expect that when factories are back to operating at their full capacity, both the ports and the carriers will be bustling and space and equipment will be in short supply.

Region: Current status

Region Operation Resume  Current Status
Hong Kong Ocean Carriers January 29 Operation as normal.
Trucker January 29 Operation as normal.
Road Closures January 29 Operation as normal.
Warehouse January 29 Operation as normal.
Customs January 29 Operation as normal.
Shanghai Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal. Blank sailings announced.
Trucker February 3 Improving situation, much improved from prior week. 70-80% of truckers back to service. Still limitation on out of city truckers.
Road Closures February 10 Several highways and roads are closed.

Zhejiang area limited for transport of cargo.

Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Ningbo Ocean Carriers  

February 17

Blank sailing announced.
Trucker February 17 Much limited capacity of truckers.
Road Closures Until further notice Many highways and roads are closed.
Warehouse February 17 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Qingdao Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal. Blank sailing announced.
Trucker February 3 Improving situation and 70-80% of service resumed. Pickup within city is normal, outer areas limited capacity and out of city truckers.
Road Closures Until further notice Most roads opening, some limitations.
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Tianjin Ocean Carriers February 3 Blank Sailings announced.
Trucker February 3 Improving situation, some limitations on capacity and for out of city truckers.
Road Closures February 3 Operation as normal.
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Dalian Ocean Carriers February 3 Blank sailings announced.
Trucker February 3 Improving situation. Pickup within Dalian city is normal, outer city is limited with truckers available.
Road Closures Until further notice Most highways openings, some limitations
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Fuzhou Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal. Blank sailings announced.
Trucker  February 10 Limited capacity
Road Closures Until further notice Many highways are closed still, improving.
Warehouse  February 10 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Xiamen Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal. Blank sailings announced.
Trucker February 10 Limited capacity and improving.
Road Closures Until further notice Many highways are closed still, improving.
Warehouse February 10 Advance booking required some limitation opening times.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Guangzhou

&

Shenzhen

Ocean Carriers February 10 Operation as normal.
Trucker February 10 Limited availability, pre book 1-2 days prior.
Road Closures February 10 Some highways and roads are closed.
Warehouse February 10 Partial operations resumed respectively on 10thand 17th Feb; limited receiving hours to end Feb
Customs February 10 Operation as normal.

Warehouse service: advance appointment is required in Chongqing and Nanjing.

Airfreight

Import warehouses at main airports are very congested due to cargo arriving while importers were not able to arrange to pick up. The situation is expected to improve in the coming weeks as importers return to operation.

Freight capacity is limited, more than 40 airlines have reduced or suspended passenger flights to/from China, causing a limited belly-hold space.
Freighter aircraft will return to the market and increase capacity once factories are back in operations.
For the latest information, please check with our team for a case to case update based on the latest availability.

Operator Normal Operation Reduced Operation Cancelled Operation
AA X

All flights to China & Hong Kong, until late Feb

AC X

Flights to Beijing & Shanghai, until late Feb

AF X

Flights to China to Mar

AY X

Flights to China Feb 6 – 28

BA X

Until end Feb

CX/KA X

(CX only)

 X

(KA only)

DL X

All flights to China, to end of April

EK X
EY X
JT X
LH X

Hong Kong

X

All China, until Mar

QR  X

All flights to China, from Feb 3

RS X
SK X

Flights to PVG, BJS to Mar, flights to Hong Kong only

VS         X

Hong Kong

X

Shanghai, until Mar,

UA  X

BJS, PVG, CTU, HKG to late Feb

*All Airlines are subject to change without prior notice or warning

Railfreight

Impacted by road closures and limited availability of truckers, the capabilities for pick up are reduced. Many cities only accept local license plate trucks to operate within cities.
Full space is likely to recover from 2nd week in March, when high demand is expected.

Region Resume Status
Wuhan Until further notice All services suspended; no announcement of any departure plan
Zhengzhou Until further notice Suspended until end February, earliest to resume at start of March.
Xian 10 February Resumed FCL service

Announced departures to Hamburg:

FEB: 11th / 12th /13th / 14th / 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th / 23rd / 24th / 25th / 26th FEB (subj to changes)

Hefei Resumed for departure;

Ÿ   LCL: Feb 19

Ÿ   FCL: Feb 27

After Feb 27

Ÿ   Operation as normal

Ÿ   Every Wednesday via Hefei

Chongqing February 5 onwards: departure cancelled
Xiamen Resume February 19
Chengdu  Operation as normal Operation as normal

Note: Several receiving stations, for example, Shanghai / Ningbo CFS or other outside CFS are limited in accepting cargo, due to restrictions on road transport.

Collection for rail service within the South China region, Fujian & Guangdong province is working with relatively normal function, while some higher costs apply for trucking, due to limited capacity of drivers.
Domestic train service from South China to Xian and Chengdu hubs is working well.
Pick up from the eastern regions, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces is still limited and at a premium cost due to the reduced capacity.

Sea – Air and International Trucking

For the best options on Sea-Air services, connect with your local NGL contact for the best choice of routing/transit/rate.
International trucking options remain very limited, due to the land borders of China neighbouring countries remaining closed.

TIPS FOR YOUR CHINA SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING

  • Check orders planned for shipping during February & March.
  • Identify and inform your forwarder and factory for urgent cargoes.
  • Consider alternate shipping modes, as an example, to transfer shipments from Ocean to Rail, either full or partial loads.
  • Expect further blank sailings and reduced air capacity as the effect of factories closed for an extended period.
  • Once factories are back in operation, the market is likely to receive peak demand with space shortage.