Chinese ports handled a total of 23.71 million TEUs of containers in July, down 0.5% from the same month last year, according to the nation’s Ministry of Transport (MOT). Coastal ports were responsible for 20.09 million TEUs, which shrank 5.5%, but throughput improved 5.4% to 2.72 million TEUs at inland river ports. At coastal ports, regional spikes in COVID-19 infections have been reported since late May. As such, container ports in Guangzhou and Shenzhen cities have taken strict anti-coronavirus measures, leading to significant slowdowns in loading and unloading work and notable decreases in container throughput at the ports of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. They contributed to the overall decline in container lifting at coastal ports.

From the beginning of the year, 161.89 million TEUs were moved to and from China in January-July, up 12.4% from the corresponding seven months of 2020. Coastal ports processed 20.99 million TEUs, up 11.5%, and inland river ports, 18.92 million TEUs, up 19.7%.




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