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10 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 21:03 GMT+2

March 11, 2020

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The COVID-19 emergency caused traffic to collapse in the Shanghai port

In February, goods fell by a total of -24.2% and containers only of -19.5%

Waiting to hear from the Beijing Ministry of Transport official data on the traffic of goods handled in the first and in the second month of this year from Chinese ports to assess what is impact on the national port activity of the COVID-19, a contagion that appears to have spread to from Wuhan, central China, last December, a first indication of the impact on port operations - depressing -- comes today from the volumes of goods handled in the first 2019 from Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. (SIPG).

The company, in fact, operates all public terminals Shanghai Port and therefore moves the entirety of the containerized traffic passing through the airport, which in 2019 confirmed as the world's first container port with a 43.3 million teu, and also moves more 80% of the total traffic of goods passing through the port Shanghai, which is the highest in the world and which last year totalled 663.5 million tonnes of which 538.3 million tonnes of past cargo SIPG terminals.

The signal coming from Shanghai, which is the port maritime reference for the most widely used area of the contagion of the virus to the world that has epicenter in Wuhan, is Bleak: In the first two months of this year, traffic containerized by the port decreased by -10.6%, 5.9 million teu, and freight traffic SIPG airport fell by -17.8% 68.1 million tonnes.

But the figures for February 2020 alone, when the negative impact on port activity is likely to have been highlighted, or maybe it just started to manifest itself, throughout the intensity, are even more alarming: traffic of containers fell by -19.5% as a result of less than 2.3 million teu and total freight traffic moved by SIPG showed a contraction of -24.2% being 26.3 million tonnes.

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