BUSINESS Meishan Port in Zhejiang resumes operations


Meishan Port in Zhejiang resumes operations

16:49, August 25, 2021

Cargoes are loaded onto a containership berthed at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, Zhejiang province, over the weekend. (Photo: Xinhua)

Meishan Port, a key area of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port in Zhejiang province, resumed full operations on Wednesday after a two-week suspension due to COVID-19, renewing a sense of optimism about the stability of the global logistics chain.

The port accounts for one-fifth of the cargo throughput of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, one of the world's busiest with cargo throughput of 4.1 million TEUs from January to July. It accounts for 21.9 percent of the total cargo throughput of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, according to the port authority.

"The global COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a shortage of shipping capability and empty containers, has led to congestion in major ports worldwide. The temporary halt of Meishan Port during the past two weeks has affected foreign trade companies in China, and some cargo ships were diverted to other ports in Ningbo," said Liu Jianping, director of the Ningbo Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export on Wednesday.

Ningbo-Zhoushan Port announced the suspension of all container services and ship operations in the Meishan Port area on Aug 11, after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Stable operation of international shipments are vital to foreign trade, especially since COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc globally.

Foreign trade businesses have faced difficulties from a shortage of empty containers, the low efficiency of loading and unloading containers at some ports and increasing prices for international shipments.

Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, which has topped the world's annual cargo throughput for 12 years in a row, has been making every endeavor to ensure smooth shipments between China and the rest of the world since the novel coronavirus broke out, the port said.

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