The Ningbo-Zhoushan container port in China remained partially closed on Monday to spur concerns of long-term trade disruption, Bloomberg reported.

  • The world’s third-biggest port has been closed for the sixth straight day, with the port yet to provide updates on its operations. Inbound and outbound services at the Meishan terminal were suspended on Wednesday after one employee tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The container port said it would redirect ships to other terminals. It would also adjust operating hours at other docks. It is estimated to account for about 25% of container cargo.
  • Shipping firms have started to warn clients of potential port congestion due to the suspension of operations and told clients to check terminals before they arrange containers to be shipped to the port.

China has taken a zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19, spurring concerns that more suspensions could take place moving forward.