May 11, 2020 – Freight gridlock at Shanghai Pudong International Airport is so bad that some cargo planes are being forced to leave nearly empty in the current week. Canaan Transport continues to recommend ocean transportation as a potential option for our customers. Airport authorities are claiming it is an operational meltdown, with trucks stuck in queues for two to three days to drop off shipments and boxes piling up in warehouses unable to get put on aircraft because Chinese customs officials and ground handlers are overwhelmed by the surge in export demand for face masks and other medical supplies. The volume of hospital gear, resumption of e-commerce and other trade following China’s coronavirus quarantine and new export restrictions are blamed for the massive backlog, which was compounded by factories rushing out extra shipments before closing for the May Day holiday. We have customers that are seeing delays of 2 – 3 weeks to get on board flights.