Irish exports caught in quagmire of disrupted Chinese ports
Nearly 500 container ships are stuck in congestion outside Shanghai and other major Chinese ports, amid China’s continued efforts to stem the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omicron with lockdowns and restrictions. ultra-strict border controls. The lockdown is adding to disruptions to global trade amid the country’s worst outbreak yet.
In Shanghai, which is the world’s busiest container port and has been blocked for more than two weeks, shortages of staff to unload and of truck drivers to transport goods from the hundreds of ships at anchor have considerably lengthened delays. Orders from Chinese businesses and consumers have been delayed.