We have been notified by several carriers that from MID JANUARY 2021 (no firm date) until end of FEBRUARY 2021, many barge services providing connecting services from "FEEDER PORTS" in the PEARL RIVER DELTA (PRD) region and other regions in CHINA will stop operation.
This will put significant pressure on trucking operations as many suppliers will revert to trucking containers to major ports, such as SHEKOU, HONG KONG, YANTIAN in the lead up to CHINESE NEW YEAR CLOSURES.
The reason for the above, is being advised due to COVID Quarantine regulation. As The barge crew must quarantine for 14 x days before returning home to celebrate their holiday.
We have been advised compared to normal years, where they stop barge service 1 – 2 weeks prior to CNY holiday. This year they will add an additional two weeks prior. Meaning barge operations will be restricted for up to 6 x weeks.
Please expect disruptions and increased costs should your supplier be located in these regions.
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