Complex logistics hurdles affecting China's seaborne bulk shipping routes

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Monday, 22 March 2021

High demand for bulk vessel space for mineral raw materials exported from China is driving costs for this transport option higher, with market participants reporting an array of factors that are affecting trading conditions and delivery timelines.

Container freight costs for China's seaborne route have remained high well into March, with ongoing disruptions reported by participants active in metals and minerals trading.

Suppliers have shifted en masse to bulk shipments, where they could, which has led to increased costs for bulk freight, longer lead times and consequential...

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