Yantian Port Operations

(Florham Park, NJ)…Further to our update of June 2, 2021, the following is the latest COVID-19 related impact to the Yantian Port Operations in the Greater China Area. The situation continues to deteriorate as more positive COVID cases have been confirmed in Shenzhen where Yantian port and Shekou port are located. We continue to closely monitor the situation and are doing our best to mitigate the impact on your supply chain where possible.

Key Highlights

  • Due to further measures being implemented, increased congestion and vessel delays upwards of 12 days are expected.
  • Nansha port traffic congestion and 5-hour waiting times for empty container pick-up and laden container gate-in.
  • Expanded list of impacted vessels below.


Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) yard density remains elevated with disinfection and quarantine measures being continuously implemented by local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We expect continued terminal congestion and vessel delays upwards of 12 days in the coming week.

Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) updates:

  • Operation in the eastern area of the terminal where mother vessels mainly berth continues to experience the low productivity which is about 30% of its normal level.
  • All operations in the western area of YICT have been suspended until further notice.
  • From 00:00 AM 31st of May, export laden container gate-in has resumed. In the meantime, from May 31st to Jun 6th, CY-open will be available only 3 days prior to vessel ETA, AND only after the terminal confirms the advance reservation made by trucking companies for laden container gate-in.
  • Import laden container pick-up, which is mainly concentrated in the eastern area of the port, maintains normal operations.

Given the COVID-19 prevention period, and to ensure terminal safety and the service standard, Shekou port which covers Chiwan Container Terminal, Mawan Container Terminal and Shekou Container Terminal have updated the control measures per the following:

  • From 00:00 AM 1st of June, export laden container gate-in will be accepted only 5 days prior to vessel ETA.


Due to aforementioned disruptions, we regret to inform you that the below vessels will be omitting the Port of Yantian and Shekou in order to protect schedule reliability. Please refer to the contingency plan as outlined below.

Empty Containers

Export empty pick-up at Yantian retains normal operations. We offer customers to cross pick-up at Shekou port if export containers need to gate in Yantian, and cross pick-up at Yantian or Shekou with no additional charge if customers move laden containers to Nansha port as loading.

Import empty return at Yantian is suspended, and is now operated at Shekou instead.

Landside Service

Trucking service into YICT must be reserved in advance and export laden container gate-in is subject to the confirmation issued by YICT. For customers who require cross pick at Shekou or laden containers into Nansha, Maersk can provide inland drayage as alternative solution.

As more cargo is diverted to Nansha port and further quarantine measures for COVID-19 are also implemented, we see traffic congestion and 5-hour waiting times for empty container pick-up and laden container gate-in in Nansha port.

Your supply chain is of the utmost concern to us and we will continue to keep you informed of all developments. We thank you for your continued support.

Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have.