In the ports of Xingang and Shanghai there’s a shortage of reefer container plugs due to the congestion that is currently hitting many Chinese port terminals.
Maersk reported the critical situation caused by the combined effect of Coronavirus and the extended Chinese New Year festivities. In a customer advisory, Maersk explained that been forced to divert temperature-controlled cargoes to other Chinese ports of call.
The Danish shipping company has offered to change the destination of containers already at sea free of charge.
Customers still wanting to book their reefer containers in the two congested ports, are free to do so but they will have to take responsibility for any delays in the arrival of the goods.
In addition, Maersk will apply a congestion surcharge of $1000 for each reefer container arriving in Shanghai and Xingang. The extra fee will be used to cover the possible rerouting of the goods to other ports of call.
Translation by Giles Foster