Maersk and COSCO Shipping turn to Rivers to ensure deliveries in China

(Yicai Global) April 25 — Maersk and China COSCO Shipping are turning to inland waterways and linking maritime and rail transport in China to tackle logistical challenges brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Maersk has switched to using inland waterways and combined sea and rail transport to keep freight moving smoothly, and since late last month the Copenhagen-based company has been offering free port change services for goods entering Shanghai within a certain period. , and exempting containers from demurrage charges and part of the change order charge.

Meanwhile, COSCO Shipping has introduced a series of preferential and assistance measures since March 28, including waiving certain sea waybill amendment fees, offsite invoice issuing fees and change fees. port, in and around Shanghai, according to a source in Shanghai. based company.

The Chinese shipper also uses 55 ports along the Yangtze River to transport goods by water, as some roads in the Yangtze Delta region are blocked, the person added.

Water transport has been little affected by the resurgence of Covid-19, and is convenient and compatible with low risk and short delivery times, an industry insider said, adding that the land transport business- Maersk Water uses 12 quays along the Yangtze.

The combination of sea and rail transportation, with advantages in price and time for distances under 500 kilometers, has reached the entire eastern region of China, the person said.

By shifting land shipments to waterways and railways, COSCO Shipping has delivered more than 5,500 tons of vegetables, fruits, rice, flour, fresh meat, seasonings, medical equipment and food. other materials needed to build makeshift hospitals in Shanghai from Hubei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shandong Provinces.

Publisher: Futura Costaglione

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