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The Shanghai International Port Group said in a statement that some terminals in Shanghai Port, the world’s busiest port by cargo volume, either stopped operating on Sunday evening or would do so on Monday in anticipation of Typhoon Chanthu.

Nearby Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, the third busiest in the world after Singapore, discontinued operations at several terminals, also, according to separate announcements from those terminals.

Chanthu has weakened significantly since colliding with the Philippines and later Taiwan over the weekend. At its strongest moment, before entering the Philippines, Chanthu was one of the strongest storms this year. Its steady winds of 260 kilometers per hour (160 mph) were equivalent in strength to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane at its peak.

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While not as strong as it was a few days ago, the typhoon has already caused major disruptions in the Shanghai area with its approach. Shanghai and adjacent Zhejiang province have canceled most flights and suspended school and train services.

Port disruption comes at the worst time for global trade. Supply chains have been extended to the breaking point by a resurgence of consumer demand and transportation delays. A recent coronavirus resurgence in China exacerbated a waste load at major Chinese ports, contributing to the ongoing crisis.

Last month, for example, a terminal in Ningbo-Zhoushan Port was closed for two weeks after a bank employee tested positive for Covid-19. A transport analyst at the time said it could take up to 60 days for port operations to return to normal.

The cost of shipping goods from China to Europe and North America has risen, and companies are reporting significant delays in receiving orders as they try to book before the end-of-year holiday shopping season.

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