Regional Updates in Asia & Oceania

Operational and Customer Service Updates for Asia & Oceania

+++ last update: November 10, 2022 +++

  • Japan: 2022-2023 end-of-year cargo restrictions in place for Japan. Read more under Japan.
  • Ningbo, CN: New adjustments for cargo loading and discharging at this port from ETA or ETD October 17, 2022. Read more under Ningbo, CN

Terminal Operations


  • The average berth waiting time is 0 to 24 hours at Tokyo with 90%(dry) and 87%(RF-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 68%. 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 18 hours, PNIT berth waiting is 0 to 50 hours and HPNT is 0 to 24 hours. GWCT yard utilization is 65% 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.
    PNIT -. AG3 services change from PNIT to HPNT from week 41 with slight improvement on PNIT


  • 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 68%.
  • Ningbo:
    NBO average yard levels are at 79%. Average berth waiting times of 0.5 to 1.5 days. Due to stevedore and manpower shortage, terminal efficiency and vessel productivity have decreased.
    MD2 vessels have shifted to YZCT with waiting times 0 to 1 day.

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic requirements at Ningbo, China, here are a few adjustments to assist your cargo planning. Please note that these are in place for your cargo loading or discharging at Ningbo port, with an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) or Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) from October 17, 2022 until the further notice.

    • Free Booking cancellation fee (FIO) for export shipments for all products
    • Free Detention on canceled shipments empty equipment return
    • Free Booking amendment fee (FIO) for Quick Quotes booking change loading port

       Import: Suspend the Detention calculation

  • 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, 24 – 48 hours. Terminal congested due to week 44’s typhoon impact. 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 12 to 36 hours. Port 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 24 to 72 hours with average yard utilization at 83%. Due to epidemic impact, vessel port stay time is longer than before. Terminal congested due to week 44’s typhoon impact  Contactless Cargo Operation issued by SCCT effective from 20-Jul-2022.  From 01 July 2022, Shekou - SCT/CCT/MCT lifted Vietnam RF fruit products import restriction. Shekou Terminal resumed the discharge operation of IMO 3 DG, IMO 8 DG and NON-DG chemical cargo (Boric Acid (HS CODE: 2810002000)) for Import from 20 July/0000LT.   

    Gate-in policy at Shekou Terminals (MCT / SCT / CCT) will be changed from ETB – 7 days to ETB – 10 days from Oct 15, 2022 to Nov 30, 2022.

Hong Kong

  • Average port stay times is 12 to 24 hours. The current RF yard density and utilization at MTL is 66%.


  • In VNVUT, TCIT berth is 7 to 22 hours, SSIT: 0 to 12 hours, Cat Lai is berth on arrival and HICT is 2 to 28 hours. Yard Density; TCIT:57%/SSIT:65%/HICT:62%.


  • The average berth waiting time is 0 to 24 hours west-bound and eastbound. Yard utilization is at 65%.


  • 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 65%.


  • Thailand (Laem Chabang) – The berth waiting time of HPT is 16 to 20 hours. Yard utilization: HPT: Terminal C – 46% and Terminal D – 58%. 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 0.5 day delay OFF window. AUBNE(PATRICK): Berth on arrival ON window & Avg 0.5 day delay OFF window. Minimal delays to all vessels, with most vessels BOA.

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 as 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.

Vessel updates and port changes per vessel

North America Westcoast - New Zealand - Australia (WSN)

  • MV ANL WARRNAMBOOL 231N – Omit Adelaide (AU) and add Papeete (PF).
  • MV ANL WARRNAMBOOL 237S – Omit Seattle (US), Vancouver (CA) and Auckland (NZ).
  • MV CAP JACKSON phase-in in Seattle (US) with following rotation: Seattle (US) –> Vancouver (CA) –> Long Beach (US) –> Auckland (NZ) –> Sydney (AU) –> Melbourne (AU) –> Adelaide (AU) –> Tauranga (NZ) –> Oakland (US) –> Seattle (US) –> Vancouver (CA) –> Long Beach (US)
  • MV CAP JERVIS 230S – changed ETA +/- 6 days due schedule recovery measures
  • MV CAP JERVIS 230S – omit Auckland (NZ)
  • MV SEATTLE EXPRESS 232S - changed ETA +/- 6 days due schedule recovery measures

September / October 2022 - export empty container pickup timeline and booking window for China and Hong Kong

  • From September 1, 2022 the booking window restrictions to book cargo on post-Golden Week sailings has been lifted.
  • From September 15, 2022 the empty pickup policy timeline has changed for China and Hong Kong. The list of locations is shown below with the number of days for empty container pickup before the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at the origin port, divided into container types.
  • From October 15, 2022, the booking window will be resumed. Please refer to our website here for the full guideline.
  • From October 15, 2022, the booking cancellation fee policy will be resumed. Please refer to our website here for the full local charges' information.

  • Export - empty container pickup days before ETA at origin port
    The 14-days empty pickup before ETA for GP has been extended until further notice.
    The 10-days empty pickup before ETA for RF is valid until November 15, 2022

    Please refer to the table below for the list of locations. +++ Last update: October 10, 2022+++
 Port 20' 40' 40'HC 40'RF
Shanghai - China 14 14 14 10
Ningbo - China 14 14 14 10
Qingdao - China 14 14 14 10
Tianjin - China 14 14 14 10
Dalian - China 14 14 14 10
Xiamen - China 14 14 14 10
Nansha - China 14 14 14 10
Shekou - China 14 14 14 10
Da Chan Bay - China 14 14 14 10
Yantian - China 14 14 14 10
Hong Kong - Hong Kong 14 14 14 10
  • Other outports apply same Gate out empty policy subject to equipment availability
  • MHO free time will be extended in line with the early pickup period.
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