Yantian port operations update
Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) yard density remains elevated with disinfection and quarantine measures being continuously implemented by local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Operation in the eastern area of the terminal where mother vessels mainly berth continues to experience the low productivity which is about 30% of its normal level. We expect continued terminal congestion and vessel delays upwards of 12 days in the coming week.
YICT updated the control measures per the following:
-All operations in the western area of YICT have been suspended until further notice.
-From 00:00 AM 31st of May, export laden container gate-in resumes. In the meantime, from May 31st to Jun 6th, CY-open will be available only to vessels within ETA-3 days only after the terminal confirms the advance reservation made by trucking companies for laden containers gate-in.
-Import laden container pick-up which is mainly concentrated in the eastern area of the port maintains normal operations.
Given COVID-19 prevention period, to ensure terminal safety and the service standard, Shekou port covering Chiwan Container Terminal, Mawan Container Terminal and Shekou Container Terminal updated the control measure per the following:
-From 00:00 AM 1st of June, export laden container gate-in will be accepted only to vessels within ETA-5 days
Export empty pick-up at Yantian retains normal operations. We offer customers to cross pick up at Shekou port if export containers need to gate in Yantian and cross pick-up at Yantian or Shekou with no additional charge if customers move laden containers to Nansha port as loading.
Import empty return at Yantian is suspended. It is operated at Shekou instead.
Trucking service into YICT needs to be reserved in advance and export laden containers gate-in are subject to the confirmation issued by YICT. For customers who require cross pick at Shekou or laden containers into Nansha, Maersk can provide inland drayage as alternative solution.
As more cargoes are diverted to Nansha port and quarantine measures for COVID-19 are also implemented there, we see traffic congestion and 5 hours waiting time for empty containers pick-up and laden containers gate-in in Nansha port.3