China COVID restrictions predicted to cause long freight delays

Restrictions on road and sea movement between Tianjin and Beijing are expected to cause major delays to goods moving between the two regions.

According to Asian Tigers Group, the Chinese government has brought in the curbs on traffic to tackle the increased number of COVID cases in the Tianjin area.

‘As the port of Xingang is located in Tianjin, sea shipments to and from Beijing are not possible via Xingang until the restriction is lifted,’ the company said in a news release on 12 January.

The restrictions are expected to last from between 14 to 21 days, or longer if infection levels are not brought under control.

‘With the Chinese New Year holidays from January 31 to February 6, long delays are expected,’ said the company. It added that airfreight shipments between Tianjin and Beijing are not affected by the measures.

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