Dockers Strike at Major Chinese Port

Thursday, May 3, 2007 6:58

For those of you that remember the lengths it took to circumnavigate the long shoreman stike at LBC… get your planning books out.

A couple weeks ago while meeting with MAx from the Supply Chain Council, he mentioned that he had see news of a strike in the south (see Crane operators end strike at major southern Chinese port). To the best of his knowledge, it was not an event that had hit the domestic press and had gone on for a few days… and this was following a strike by container operators at the same port (Yantian International Container Terminals – a Hutchinson Whampoa joint venture).

Following that, and prior to that, all was clear sailing.. but AP is now reporting that there has been another strike by crane operators and truck drivers at the Shenzhen Chiwan Container Terminal – a Kerry Holdings joint venture (see Dockers Strike at Major Chinese Port)

Labor unrest is nothing new for China, and these three incidents all seem to have been resolved quickly, and peacefully, following salary discussions. And for every one day of strike, thousands of containers risk being delayed should the stoppages be prolonged or wide-spread.

Fortunately, China has a lot of choices when it comes to accessible ports, and at this point I would suggest manufacturers make inquiries to see what the word on the ground is. With it being so easy to divert a container from Shenzen to several other ports (at minimal cost), staying informed and flexible is the best options.

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