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Forwarders warn Shanghai congestion could last weeks

The new alliances and bad weather have made it increasingly difficult for ships calling at Shanghai to stick to their schedules.

Average delays for container ships calling at Shanghai’s Yangshan deepwater port have increased by more than 40 percent since the beginning of April, and forwarders are advising their customers that the congestion could last until mid-May.

The average delay per vessel from April 16 to April 18 has grown by 42 percent to 53 hours compared with week before, and by 41 percent compared with the first week of April, CargoSmart analysis shows. Dense fog has exacerbated the delays.

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