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Shanghai Port Rebounds as Lockdown Loosens But Backlog Remains

  • Port’s daily container throughput hits 95% of normal level
  • Road freight traffic still congested, G7 Connect data show
A deepwater port in Shanghai.

A deepwater port in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Daily operations at Shanghai’s port have almost fully recovered from the effects of the city’s Covid-19 lockdown, though the backlog from disruptions to the port and nearby factories will likely continue to cause shipping congestion well into the year.

Daily container throughput -- a measure of cargo handling activity -- at Shanghai port has rebounded to 95.3% of the normal level, Ministry of Transport official Li Huaqiang said Thursday, according to Chinese state media. Cargo throughput at major Chinese ports between May 1 and May 24 was up 4.2% from the same period in April, but down almost 1% compared to 2021, he said.