8.5% of global shipping containers stalled at Ports around the world

Approximately 8.5 percent of all shipping containers across the world have been stalled at various ports around the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This, according to the World Bank President, David Malpass, has contributed to the high prices of products – inflation – in countries around the world, particularly in developing countries.

Speaking at the World Bank/IMF 2021 Annual Meetings press briefing on Wednesday, October 13, Mr Malpass averred there are currently steps being taken by the World Bank to help reduce the backlog of shipping containers stalled at ports, adding that it will take time for the situation to be rectified.

“8.5% of global shipping containers have been stalled at various ports around the world, and this is twice the Bank’s estimate in January 2021. The situation has affected supply chains and resulted in increment in prices of products, food prices among others, and it is going to take time for all these to be rectified,” he stated.

The grounding of shipping containers at major ports around the world has resulted in the surge of cost of products due to the high incremental port charges.

Throughout the world, prices of goods have shot up, for instance, the shipping cost of a container, from China to Ghana has increased from around $2,000 in August last year, to $13,000 now per container – a 650% increase.

This has resulted in increased prices of products in the country, ultimately pushing up the country’s inflation.

China closes down Ningbo-Zhoushan Port

Chian for the second time this year suspended operations at one of its key ports – Ningbo-Zhoushan Port because of the country’s zero-tolerance to Covid.

Analysts say China’s “zero tolerance” approach toward Covid will exacerbate already stressed supply chains this year with some warning that this may not be the last closure at a port as long as Beijing continues to take this stance.

Dawn Tiura, the CEO of Sourcing Industry Group — an association for the sourcing and procurement industry, said China’s stance will lead to “severe” supply chain consequences.

Ningbo-Zhoushan is the third busiest in the world by container volume. In 2019, it handled 27.49 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container throughput, according to the World Shipping Council.

Container volume in 2020 rose nearly 5% to reach 28.72 million TEUs.

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