There are more than 60 container ships full of import cargo stuck offshore of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but there are more than double that — 154 as of Friday (24th September) — waiting to load export cargo off Shanghai and Ningbo in China, according to eeSea, a company that analyses carrier schedules.
The number of container ships anchored off Shanghai and Ningbo has surged over recent weeks. There are now 242 container ships waiting for berths countrywide.
Whether it’s due to heavy export volumes, Typhoon Chanthu or COVID, rising congestion in China is yet another wild card for the trans-Pacific trade.
Credit Greg Miller, Senior Editor, Freight Waves
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