The combination of Covid lockdown cargo delays in China and congestion at US east coast ports has prompted alliance carriers to announce blank sailings on the transpacific – and the independent lines are also feeling the heat, reports The Loadstar.
The Asia-US cancellations follow news of a number of skipped sailings to North Europe and the Mediterranean last week. as carriers juggled their networks to mitigate the impact of more than a month of a strictly enforced Covid lockdowns in Shanghai.
Carriers are urging shippers to deliver containers to ports not impacted by lockdowns, but these have now been imposed on dozens of Chinese cities as the virus spreads.
A carrier contact told The Loadstar today schedules from China were “a total mess” and that it would be “some time before we have a ship back on schedule”.