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The blockade of China will impact more than the electronics of Yantian, Shanghai

The ports of Shanghai and Yantian are known as two of the largest electronics export hubs in the world, but if you look into shipping containers you will find so much more.

Using ImportGenius, American Shipper analyzed Chinese export bills of lading leaving those ports bound for the United States on February 1 to see what variety of items are being produced and exported from those specific regions.

In addition to televisions and other electronic products, the 5,958 containers worked – 3,006 originating in Shanghai; 2,952 in Yantian – they were filled with everything from Tempur-Pedic electric mattresses, home and office furniture, batteries, toys, fire pits and Christmas tree clothes, floors, lighting, truck and car parts, home decor, and even Amazon chassis.

The importers listed on the bills of lading ranged from the nation’s largest retailers and Amazon’s third-party sellers to 3PLs carrying products on behalf of companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Restoration Hardware.

“50% of our shipping from these two ports is non-electronic products,” explained Terry Unrein, COO of the Americas for Seko Logistics. “The products exported from these ports are important to the entire US supply chain.”

This snapshot compiled from Bills of Lading research provides some much-needed information on how many product sectors come from these two ports, which are currently affected by China’s zero COVID blockade.



Life-saving medical devices are also manufactured in Shenzhen and Shanghai regions and exported from Yantian and Shanghai. A total of 23,824 cartons of medical devices and products were exported out of the port of Yantian during the time period analyzed. 89,315 packages of medical products were exported from the port of Shanghai.

“This problem is not going away. Our members have reported persistent delays, as the backlog of medical supply containers awaiting delivery has increased by 13% since January, “explained Matt Rowan of the Health Industry Distributors Association.” They are currently overdue from about 9,000 to 14,000 containers “.

The closure of factories in these regions and zero-COVID restrictions and quarantines were a cause for concern at the recent monthly Port of Los Angeles press conference.

“The South China business is important to us. It represents a third of our cargo, “explained Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.” The severity of the impact is based on the severity of the outbreak and the duration of the closure.

“You have to bear in mind that the impact of these factory closings will not be felt immediately, but for the weeks to come. We have to watch the recovery and how fast. [the Chinese factories] can collect orders and orders in progress.

So while Apple and smart-TV brands are making headlines about the impact of COVID, it’s clear that many other items in your household besides the ones you need to plug in or upload may have originated from one of those ports.

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