Typhoon In-Fa Slows Air and Ocean Exports from China

Typhoon In-Fa made landfall over the weekend in Eastern China, with heavy rain, flooding and strong winds impacting freight exports in several major ports and airports. 

Although In-Fa’s winds have slowed down to 40 mph, up to 20 inches of rainfall threatens to put some assets at high risk with severe flooding, including Shanghai Pudong Airport and the ports of Ningbo, Shanghai, Changzhou and Nanjing, as reported by Everstream Analytics on Monday during its daily weather forecast. The company’s weather analysts expect disruptions to continue through the middle part of the week as In-Fa slowly moves northward across portions of east-central China.  

“Transportation disruptions will be moderate to significant due to damaging winds, storm surge, high seas and flooding. Infrastructure damage is possible. Supply chains should monitor the situation closely and take preparatory action for any locations within the zone,” the forecast said. 

Flights in and out of Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou were cancelled on Sunday and Monday. At the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, container freight terminals have been shut down and vessel movements are delayed. 

Shanghai and Ningbo, located on the edge of the Pearl River Delta, are the largest and third-largest container ports in the world. As such, they are responsible for moving huge amounts of Chinese exports that help sustain the global economy. 

Source: American Shipper  

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