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Severe Port Congestion Expected to Impact Shipments Moving Through the Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

June 02, 2021

Extreme congestion at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) in Shenzhen, China is impacting the timely importation of household goods and personal effects’ shipments into the country. Yard density continues to remain high and timely processing of shipments has been further hampered by a recent spike in COVID infections among port workers.  

Although the below listed measures have been implemented by YICT to improve the current port congestion situation, we expect delays to continue for at least a week.

  • Acceptance of export laden containers with ETA-3 (i.e., within three days of the vessel’s estimated time of arrival) will be accepted.
  • Pickup of import laden containers (mainly in the eastern area of the port) will remain as normal.
  • Shipping companies may omit a number of calls at YICT to minimize impact on vessel schedules.

Consequently, we are advising customers with shipments moving through YICT to prepare for delays as well as additional port storage, demurrage, import congestion surcharges, and various other charges that may be assessed. Your Arpin service team will be contacting all customers impacted by the delays to set up individualized contingency plans. We will continue to do everything possible to minimize service interruptions and manage the relocating families’ expectations to the best of our ability.