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China Port Congestion Worsens as Ningbo Shuts for a Week

  • Ships detour away from Ningbo while queue builds at anchorage
  • Local authorities to assess re-opening Meishan terminal: CMA
Containers at Ningbo port, Zhejiang Province in China, on Aug. 15.

Containers at Ningbo port, Zhejiang Province in China, on Aug. 15.

Photographer: Suo Xianglu/VCG/Getty Images

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The partial closure of the world’s third-busiest container port is worsening congestion at other major Chinese ports, as ships divert away from Ningbo amid uncertainty over how long virus control measures in the city will last.

In nearby Shanghai and in Hong Kong, congestion is once again increasing after dropping due to the reopening of Yantian port in Shenzhen, which shut in May for a seperate outbreak. The number of container ships anchored off Xiamen on China’s southeast coast rose to 24 Tuesday from 6 at the start of the month, according to shipping data compiled by Bloomberg.