South China - Disruption of barge services from Pearl Delta Region, China

Mondiale has received notice from shipping lines which we need to bring to your attention. Hong Kong barge and common feeder companies have announced an early service suspension of services from the Pearl river ports to Hong Kong in order for crew members to complete quarantine requirements and return for Chinese New Year holidays.

Indicatively shipping services via Hong Kong international transhipment coverage is suspended for six weeks, 15th January until the end of February 2021. Alternative domestic transhipment services via Shekou , Yantian or Nansha are expected to reduce and cease in February.

Some of the impacted origin ports are Fangcheng, Qinzhou, Beihai, Zhanjiang, Haikou, Jiangmen, Shantou, Sanshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Rongqi, Beijiao & Xiaolan

The schedule for the domestic transhipment services have yet to be published as barge operators are waiting to gauge the level of demand and factory closure dates. Certain barge companies have indicated they will put on a service on the last week of January / first week of February, subject to a surcharge.

Capacity on the river barges and equipment scarcity in these smaller cities have reached a critical point. Improvement is unlikely any time soon, especially with this latest disruption. Mondiale’s China offices have since been working closely with your suppliers to offer area-specific solutions with trucking to Shekou or Yantian being the quickest complete solution.

Suppliers who normally export via Hong Kong have been unable or reluctant to use domestic transhipment services via Shekou, Yantian & Nansha due to the different Customs procedure involved.

Your Mondiale representative will reach out if it’s a matter of discussing with your supplier on the additional cost.

The situation remains fluid due to the lack of decision by the barge operators however we can expect further space and equipment pressure, which may result  in further cartage costs to Shekou or Yantian as truck drivers begin departing for home cities.

As always in this massive peak season and continuing supply chain challenges we recommend that you take one of the FCL options provided by the Mondiale team and ship on the first available space and keep cargo moving.

Our Mondiale LCL consolidation services will be serviced via Shenzhen, Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Routing and associated costs will be notified at time of booking.

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