March 2023

Röhlig Asia Logistics Newsletter

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March 2023 - Sea freight capacity tightening across westbound services while Intra-Asia movement remains stable. Meanwhile Rohlig China offers reliable rail and road services to both Central Asia and ASEAN, with the potential to accept DG cargo.

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Greater China

  • Röhlig Logistics will be exhibiting cold chain solutions at the SIAL Exhibition in Shanghai from May 18-20.

  • As part of our road services to Central Asia, our team recently transported 15 tons of electrical products from Chengdu to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Read our Road section to find out more.

  • Our Nanjing Branch Office will officially open March 28, strengthening our network across Jiangsu province on the East Coast of China.


Southeast Asia

  • Upcoming adjustment on official and terminal working hours from March 23-April 22 during Holy Month of Ramadhan in Indonesia.

    • Terminal working hours:
      Mon-Thu: 08.00–15.00 (Indonesia local time)
      Fri: 08.00-15.30 (Indonesia local time)


Greater China

  • The market remains on the rise with tighter capacity.

  • Fuzhou Changle Airport (FOC) will add a freighter service to LAX.

  • Slight increase in prices from BJS/PVG to the US and Europe. Space increasingly tight until mid-March.

  • Similar demand for space and price increases down South at CAN/SZX.

  • Competitive spot-rates in Hong Kong as demand remains low against available capacity.

  • Little shift in rates despite a drop in Taiwan air export demand, especially electrical products. Customers may wish to consider a more cost-effective deferred service with a slightly longer transit time.

South Korea

Southeast Asia

  • Increase in PAX flights boosting capacity.

  • Some freighter cancellations in Vietnam due to low volumes. Lower capacity and small rate increases across certain trade lanes.


  • Rates expected to remain stable towards the end of the fiscal year. Customers are advised to plan for the end of March before potential rate hikes or space issues take hold next month.

Greater China

  • Lower rates reported in Hong Kong in addition to schedule reliability struggles. Customers are advised to plan ahead and cross-check booking schedules.

  • 5-day waiting time at Ningbo port. 3 day waiting time at Keelung port.

  • Space available from TPEB from Taiwan, while FEWB is getting tight. Customers are advised to plan 2 weeks in advance in case of further reduced capacity.

South Korea

  • Rates to South America fluctuating, with space tight also tight on routes to South Africa.

  • Severe fluctuations in import schedules from Europe, as well as transshipment schedules.

  • The recent regional imbalance in equipment supply and demand in Korea may incur additional costs when dropping off and receiving containers.

  • Container gate-in at Incheon CY has been changed to vessel ETA-3 days.


Southeast Asia

  • 3-days delay reported at Penang port in Malaysia and Telukbayur in Indonesia.

  • Long haul blank sailings in Vietnam with tight capacity.

  • Slight increase in volume and rates for Intra-Asia cargo.

  • Indonesia LCL and Intra-Asia remains stable. FCL rates dropping on some lanes including export to Oceania.

  • Availability issues on Grade A containers in Indonesia.


  • Customers are advised to provide forecasts where possible in order to secure adequate equipment.

  • Some delays at Mumbai and Nhava Sheva over recent weeks.


Port waiting times sourced from Port Congestion Status Data Worldwide - GoComet. Subject to change.


Greater China

  • Competitive prices available for space in Shenzhen and Ningbo.

  • Strong resources available to handle chemical products in mainland China.

  • Contact our Contract Logistics Manager Tracey Zhu at to learn more.

Greater China

  • Westbound and eastbound prices remain stable this month. Equipment available across all regions.

  • Demand up for westbound space to Germany.

  • Delays at a number of origins in China, with Xi’an retaining the most reliable schedules.

  • Extended FCL services to Central Asia and Georgia/Azerbaijan available. Contact Liusia Guo at to learn more.

Greater China

  • Road connections between Shenzhen and Hong Kong have returned to normal operations following disruption during the pandemic.

  • Trucking services to Central Asia available, with the ability to transport DG cargo. Contact Liusia Guo at to learn more.

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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