Shipping companies are expected to gradually reopen their offices in Shenzhen after the southern Chinese city’s week-long lockdown was lifted on March 21.
The Shenzhen municipal government announced the lifting of the lockdown on its WeChat account on March 20, saying the latest Covid-19 outbreak was under control, allowing government agencies and businesses to resume normal operations and production.
The notice said the municipal government would take a differentiated approach among factories to maintain stable production.
Container News calls to the Shenzhen offices of Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM showed some staff returned to their offices today.
A Maersk employee said: ‘The lockdown was only lifted today so things won’t get back to normal so quickly, especially when factories in Shenzhen have had to stop production all day. last week. However, the Shenzhen distribution center and other warehouses that had to close during the lockdown are expected to reopen today.
A Hapag-Lloyd customer review said, “Container movements in/out of Shenzhen terminals are normal, but queues are starting to form outside.”
The complete removal of the lockdown came after restrictions on movement in five of Shenzhen’s districts were partially lifted on March 18, as President Xi Jinping said China would try to reduce economic and social disruption while still sticking to its zero-Covid-19 policy which imposes lockdowns in all areas that suffer from outbreaks.
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