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Fewer China Flights May Worsen Chip Shortage With Port Snarled

  • Air-freight costs for semiconductors could climb 30%: Keelvar
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Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Congestion at the world’s biggest port in Shanghai is being compounded by reductions in air-cargo capacity at the city’s main airport, a situation that’s likely to raise costs further for the semiconductor industry.

It’s now taking more than two months for goods to get shipped by sea from Shanghai to the U.S., a wait time that’s too long for the crucial chips used in everything from cars to computers, according to Keelvar, a European-based supply-chain services provider whose customers include Samsung Electronics Co., Logitech International SA and Siemens AG.