China announces largest city-wide COVID-19 lockdown

The city of Shanghai will be locked down in two stages over nine days while authorities carry out Covid-19 testing.

The important financial hub has battled a new wave of infections for nearly a month, although case numbers are not high by some international standards.

Authorities had so far resisted locking down the city of some 25 million people to avoid destabilizing the economy.

The city of 26 million will be locked down in two phases for mass testing with the Pudong financial district and areas east of the Huangpu river from 28 March – 1 April, and the second phase west of the Huangpu River for five days from Friday.

Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) said that during the lockdown period, the port would ensure normal operations and provide 24 hours services at its all port production units.

However, landside infrastructure and transport links to and from the will be disrupted. LTL trucking services will be impacted in the Puxi/Pudong areas as only FCL trucks are running. 

Container truck drivers must provide a negative covid test result taken in the last 48 hours and related documents during the lockdown period. Many expressway entries have also been on lockdown, the truck drivers have limited access to the city. 

In the recent lockdown in Shenzhen, South China ports remained operating relatively normally, however, yard congestion and queues of ships built up due to similar landside transport and infrastructure restrictions to those now in place in Shanghai.

Seatrade Maritime News, BBC, BDP International
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