Regional Updates in Asia & Oceania

Operational and Customer Service Updates for Asia & Oceania

+++ last update: December 2, 2022 +++

  • Japan: 2022-2023 end-of-year cargo restrictions in place for Japan. Read more under Japan.

Terminal Operations


  • The average berth waiting time is 0 to 24 hours at KOBE(KICT) with 80% -yard utilization. All other Japan ports are berth on arrival.
  • End-of-year restrictions 2022-2023
    The holiday period is marked from Dec 27, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023 with restriction limited to Japan inbound cargo. Japan outbounds are not restricted. Discharge of DG Class 1 to 7 prohibited. Other classes are accepted. Discharge of BreakBulk (BB) restricted. Discharge of OOG larger than OH:150cm and/or OW:30cm restricted. Prohibited: Stated DG classes are not acceptable due to local regulation compliance issues. Restricted: BB and stated OOG are not acceptable due to limitations in the terminal yard capacity and handling.


  • Pusan:  
    PUS average yards levels are at 75%. HJNC, PNIT and HPNT temporarily restrict gate-in moves for local & TS export that will not be loaded within 3 days (5 days for TS) to improve yard utilization.
    HJNC average waiting time is 0 to 48 hours, PNIT berth waiting is 0 to 24 hours and HPNT is 0 to 12 hours. GWCT yard utilization is 62% and expected waiting time is 0 to 6 hours. HJNC Yard repair work is scheduled to take place to early Dec. During this period, about 4% of yard utilization will be reduced.

    Trucking strike on November 24, 2022
    Overall no changed situation. Truckers gathered at the terminal gates and blocked two lanes, obstructing traffic.
    Kwangyang, Inchon and Pusan ports are affected.
    Local Shipments' and transshipment between old and new ports transport performance reduced by 10%
    Transshipment transport between new port terminals is most likely connected 100% to planned vessel.
    DG cargo has difficulty for connections at Pusan. 


  • Shanghai:
    The average berth-waiting time is 0 to 1 day at SIPGSD YS4 terminal and WGQ terminal. Overall YS4 yard utilization is 65% and WGQ is 70%.
  • Ningbo:
    NBO average yard levels are at 78%. Average berth waiting times of 0.5 to 2 days. Terminals affected by bad weather.

  • Nansha:
    GOCT terminal average waiting time of 0 to 24 hours. NICT terminal average waiting times 0 to 24 hours. Normal terminal activities.

  • Yantian:
    Average waiting for vessel berthing, 12 – 24 hours. The terminals have restricted ship services such as ship repair, AGM inspection, ship & bunker survey, ship supply. All terminals are currently using a contactless mode of cargo operation. COVID-19 preventive and control measures as taken by Customs and local authorities are subject to change and adjustment on basic of the latest COVID-19 development.
  • Qingdao:
    Average waiting time is 48 to 96  hours. Intermittent port closure and congestion due to strong wind and dense fog.
  • DaChan Bay:
    CGX has priority of Berth on arrival. The terminal has resumed import reefer container operation except import frozen meat/seafood as COVID-19 prevention. Export and Transhipment reefer units are not affected and are handled normally by terminal.    

    Terminal average waiting time 0 to 24 hours.  

  • Shekou:
    Average port stay times is 0 to 12 hours with average yard utilization at 59%.

Hong Kong

  • Average port stay times is 0 to 12 hours. The current RF yard density and utilization at MTL is 56%.


  • In VNVUT, TCIT berth is 0 to 12 hours, SSIT and Cat Lai is berth on arrival and HICT is 0 to 6 hours. Yard Density: TCIT:60%/SSIT:69%/HICT:58%.


  • The average berth waiting time is 0 to 30 hours west-bound and 0 - 36 eastbound. Yard utilization is at 70%.


  • Westports, the average berth waiting time is 0 to 24 hours and yard utilization is 77%. Delays are from bunching of vessels and berth congestion. Northport, berth is on arrival and yard utilization is laden 86%.


  • Thailand (Laem Chabang) – The berth waiting time of HPT is 3 to 6 hours. Yard utilization: HPT: Terminal C – 49% and Terminal D – 39%. Reason for delays: Vessel bunching, accumulated delays from previous ports. Some vessels having to wait for high tide to arrive/depart. COVID-19 screening onboard process is taking around 0.5-1 hour for every ship.

New Zealand - Auckland

  • No specific issue, stops or slow downs.


  • Sydney Patrick terminals: Avg Berth on arrival ON window & Avg 4 days delay OFF window.
  • AUBNE(PATRICK): Berth on arrival ON window & Avg 1 day delay OFF window.
  • AUSYD (DPW) and AUMEL(DPW) Busy period with vessels back-to-back.  

Railway Operations

  • No reported issue nor known disruption

Truck Availability

  • No reports

Barge / Feeder Availability

  • No reports

Depots / Equipment

  • No reports

Customer Service

  • If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact your local customer service representative in East Asia  and Oceania
  • For faster BL release at destination, we encourage customers to switch from OBL to SWB however; we do understand that this is not always possible. If any assistance is needed please reach out to your local customer service documentation team.
  • Counter services are open for majority of the offices. For Counter Service Operating Hours, please contact your local office.
  • Many of our staff are back in office, and our contact center remains fully functioning.
  • We recommend that you use our e-tools (Web-Booking and EASI) for submitting bookings and Shipper Instructions.
  • For vessel/container/booking status and sailing schedules, please visit the Online Business Suite section on our website.
  • Check out the Hapag-Lloyd Navigator tool for an overall glance of your current shipments.
  • For Dangerous Good Cargo terminal gate acceptance, remember to send us electronic copies of their Export Hazardous Declarations to be uploaded in your DG bookings.

Office activity

  • Taiwan – Full team in the office.
  • Shanghai – Full team in the office
  • Wuhan office – Closed from 20th Oct 2022 until further notice due to epidemic control by local government. All staffs are WFH
  • Dalian Office - Dalian office is closed as per local authorities – all staff are working from home.
  • Hong Kong – Full team in the office.
  • QSCKL and Malaysia – 100% working from office.
  • Singapore – 80% working in the office.
  • Vietnam – 80% work from office / 100% for counter.
  • Thailand – 80% working from office / 100% for counter.
  • Cambodia – 100% work from office
  • Tokyo: 70% Work in office
  • Nagoya: 100% Work in the office.
  • Korea: Currently 60% working from office
  • Australia – 30% working from office
  • New Zealand – 30% working from office.

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