The Shanghai lockdown is over.

However, forwarders have warned that ‘business as usual’ remains a long way off for China’s biggest container port hub, given the ongoing restrictions and the inevitable supply chain hangover from two months of hard lockdown.

Residents can now move freely about the city, but they must have a negative 72-hour Covid test to access offices, public places and transport.

And manufacturers can now operate without special permits or being hampered by closed-loop conditions.

But, Thomas Gronen, head of Greater China at Fibs Logistics, said the city’s reopening would not be “the same as turning on the lights”.

He explained: “It will take weeks, if not months, to come back to anything considered as normal for the industrial output volumes, and then the shipping container volumes.”

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