On September 4-6, 2016, Hangzhou, China will host nineteen countries representing the world's largest economies, plus the European Union and representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for the 2016 G20 Summit. In order to satisfy air quality and security requirements for this event, the local government has announced various production and traffic control measures that are expected to impact factory hours and the flow of cargo throughout the region.
Because the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo are nearby Hangzhou, experts predict that these measures will have a negative impact on export and import activity in the ports during the week surrounding the summit (i.e. approximately September 1-7). For example, 22% of cargo ex Shanghai and 27% of cargo ex Ningbo fall under the scope of restrictions geared towards production. In addition, a two week "pre-rush" period is anticipated leading up to September 4.
To avoid delays or roll situations, we recommend keeping in close contact with your service provider(s) to ensure proper forecasting and prioritization of bookings during this period. Based on previous G20 events, production and traffic levels are expected to rebound quickly once the summit has passed.
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.