The Shanghai lockdown was announced as China experiences its worst COVID spread since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The city has announced lockdowns to half of the city, in turn, to conduct mass testing and staunch the outbreak. Significant disruptions to local commerce and international trade are expected.
The Pudong area (in the eastern part of Shanghai) was locked down yesterday and will reopen on Thursday 31 March 2022. The Puxi area (in western Shanghai) will lock down from Friday 1 April 2022 to Tuesday 5 April 2022. This is subject to change as the situation is dynamic.
- Residents are barred from leaving their homes. Public transport and taxis are suspended, and private cars are not allowed on roads unless necessary.
- While our partners’ offices are permitted to operate, many of their staff cannot attend the office and will be working from home.
- Pudong airport and airlines will operate some necessary services and advise cancellations accordingly.
The Shanghai Seaport in the Pudong District (where most sea freight terminals are located) is also impacted due to restrictions on trucking and deliveries. Our local partners are monitoring this and advising as information becomes available.
- There are also some restrictions on trucking between Shanghai and outlying areas of Shanghai. Suppliers outside of Shanghai are encouraged to load at feeder ports.
Due to the fluid and uncertain nature of the restrictions, our teams regularly communicate with our Chinese colleagues to understand the impacts on shipments.
We will provide updates as the situation evolves. If any of your cargo is affected by delays caused by the Shanghai lockdown, a member of our Client Services team will contact you directly to advise.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with your Account Manager or Client Services Representative or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.