October 2022

Röhlig Asia Logistics Newsletter

Temporary transport and warehousing slowdowns at Ningbo due to Covid

October 2022 - The national holidays coupled with increased Covid restrictions across China are giving rise to blank sailings and another potential round of transport delays - most notably in Ningbo. Customers should also be aware of the approaching festival season in India and potential delays to transport and operations as a result.

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Greater China

  • Some localised lockdowns are in place across small areas in cities including Shanghai. Please be aware of potential delays in affected areas.


  • A large number of blank sailings were announced following the national holidays at the beginning of October.

  • Due to a recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Beilun, Ningbo, the majority of warehouse and terminal operations have been suspended. Trucking has also been impacted with a current estimated capacity of around 20%. Applications and approval in advance of trucking operations are required. The Röhlig Logistics Ningbo team remain in-office and available to assist with any inquiries.



  • China outbound market rate continuing to rise week-by-week post-national holiday from almost all AOL.

  • Space is tight, especially to the US, Europe and Australia.

  • Due to the National Congress held in Beijing until Saturday October 22, oversized cargo is rejected at almost all AOL until the end of October.

  • Be aware of delays at XIA/CGO due to pandemic-related restrictions.

  • China inbound market remains stable at a high level.

  • Röhlig Logistics Taiwan reports similar conditions to last month, with global inflation impacting the export market and frequently adjusted rates every 1-2 weeks.



  • No serious interruptions to domestic trucking nationwide but some localized restrictions will require frequent Covid testing and checks.

South Korea


  • All bound import and export sea freight rates are falling.

  • Be aware of high volatility.

  • Another cargo union strike is expected in October. Regular schedule checking is recommended.


  • Fuel surcharge falling as well as base air freight rates.

  • Still no signs of any kind of peak season on the horizon.



  • No severe port congestion at transshipment hubs in Port Klang and Singapore as roll over remains at an average of 1–2 weeks.

  • Carriers continue with blank/void sailings for TPEB, FEWB and Oceania trades. This is mainly for schedule recovery purposes due to port congestion overseas.

  • Only a few instances of equipment shortages on selective outports due to trade imbalances.

  • Carriers are aggressive in term of pricing for both inbound into Southeast Asia and outbound from Southeast Asia to/from various origins/destinations in order to fill up their space.


  • Sustained increase in belly capacity as the increase in passenger flights continues.

  • Expect a spike in fuel surcharges as increasing numbers of passenger flights boosts demand for jet fuel.

  • Challenges in sea freight into the US may cause a sudden, but temporary spike for US rates.

  • Freight rates for Intra-Asia and Europe are expected to remain stable.



  • Currently no challenges to report at any hinterland or gateway port.

  • Diwali is approaching on  October 26, please be advised of potential delays around the holiday period as many personnel will be on leave.


  • Air freight continues to run smoothly without any operational problems at the time of reporting.

  • Almost all airlines are slowly recovering their pre-pandemic schedules and space, however this is not yet reflected in air freight rates.

  • The Government of India has implemented GST 18% on air freight.

  • Production and therefore air freight volumes may slow as we enter festival season.

  • Import rates are stable but still far away from the pre-pandemic level.


DISCLAIMER - All information is provided in good faith for guidance and reference purposes only. It is of a general informational nature, and Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG takes no legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided via this document. Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information contained herein and accepts no liability for any loss arising from the use of the information provided.

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