Caixin
May 13, 2022 04:55 AM
CHINA

Parcel Delivery Services in Shanghai Make Slow Comeback

What’s new: Postal and courier services in Shanghai have slowly resumed to one-sixth of normal capacity as the city gradually eases Covid restrictions after more than a month of lockdowns.

Average daily delivery volume in the city reached 1 million parcels, and most courier companies were allowed to resume operations, including China Post, SF Express, Cainiao, JD Logistics, UPS and FedEx., an official at the Shanghai Postal Administration said Thursday.

Sixteen parcel distribution centers in the city resumed operations, with five more to follow soon, said Yu Hongwei, deputy director of the Postal Administration. The city will soon issue a second list allowing more postal and courier companies to resume operations, Yu said.

The context: Delivery disruptions caused by strict virus control measures sparked public outcries in the city of 25 million as people faced difficulties accessing daily necessities during the month-long lockdown.

On May 8, the municipal government listed 21 major delivery and logistics operations that were cleared to resume services as the city gradually pushes toward reopening.

Shanghai residents interviewed by Caixin said services resumed at major e-commerce sites, but delivery schedules remained uncertain.

“Some consumers might still be frustrated since there are still bottlenecks and difficulties," Yu said.

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Contact reporter Han Wei (weihan@caixin.com) and editor Bob Simison (bob.simison@caixin.com)

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