New Shanghai COVID-19 Restrictions Will Severely Impact Domestic Trucking Services and Transpacific Ocean Freight Activities

New Shanghai COVID-19 related restrictions have resulted in severe truck shortages, causing further stress on Transpacific ocean freight.    Given the extraordinary circumstances leading up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, where capacity and equipment constraints have been met by increasing port congestion and the cancellation of many vessel services – there is now a severe shortage of local…

‘Slidings’ Replacing Blank Voyages as Ocean Carriers Stretch Transit Times

Ocean carriers are looking to extend transit times in a bid to improve schedule reliability and cut costs. They are starting to add more buffer time into schedules to mitigate the impact of chronic global port congestion. The “schedule sliding” were being deemed necessary due to the severe congestion from the challenging operational conditions in…

Chinese New Year Holiday Extended Through February 9

The government of China has expanded its sweeping efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday further to keep the public at home, this time through February 9. The nation of Mongolia has closed its border with China, and both Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they were barring entry…

Chinese New Year Holiday Extended Through February 2

In an effort to better contain the coronavirus, the government of China has announced that the Lunar New Year holiday, originally scheduled to end on January 30th, will now be extended through February 2nd.  Delmar will continue to closely monitor the China-North America freight lane and provide updates, as necessary.  For additional information, please contact…

China – Lunar New Year Holiday Schedule

Please be advised that government and business establishments located in mainland China will be closed for Lunar New Year-Spring Festival holidays January 24-30, 2020. Major ocean freight carriers have advised that capacity on Transpacific Eastbound vessels has been tight in recent weeks. This situation is expected to persist during the run-up to the holidays, and…

COSCO Diverts Vessel from Prince Rupert to Vancouver

Source: COSCO Due to a number of factors including severe winter weather, derailments, lack of sufficient railcars and higher shipping volumes prior to Chinese New Year, the Port of Prince Rupert is currently experiencing severe congestion which has resulted in a backlog of import containers and higher than usual dwell times. In order to alleviate…