Impact of Port Congestion in China and Southeast Asia on Global Trade

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At Freight Systems, we are committed to keeping our clients informed about any developments that may affect our services. We would like to draw your attention to the current port congestion in China and Southeast Asia, which is having a significant impact on global trade.

There are several factors contributing to this congestion, including an increase in volumes leading up to the Labour Day holiday on May 1st, vessel clustering caused by the Red Sea crisis, container shortages, and adverse weather conditions. These factors combined are causing higher freight rates and delays in transit times for shipments originating from Asia.

Major ports in Asia, such as Ningbo, Singapore, and Jebel Ali, are facing significant delays. In particular, Ningbo, a crucial transshipment hub in China, is prioritizing existing bookings, making it difficult for new customers to secure shipments. Additionally, the high utilization levels worsen the problem, aggravated by a shortage of containers.

Information on Port Delays

PortDelay Duration (Days)
Jebel Ali3-4
Port Klang2-3

Source: Cargogulf

To mitigate disruptions, we strongly advise planning shipments well in advance of their scheduled dates to secure space. Our teams continue to monitor the condition and are in contact with the sea port authorities for new developments that might affect operations. Rest assured, we will promptly share any new information with you. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service or sales team if you need any further assistance related to this. Please write to us at

We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate through these challenges.

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