A backlog at Yantian, China’s largest container terminal, will take several weeks to clear, according to the Danish shipping company Maersk.

Maersk, which is the largest shipping company in the world, told the news agency AFP that it had been informed by the port’s authorities that activity will return to normal by the end of the month of June. The terminal had stopped accepting new containers for export in May after an outbreak of Covid-19 among its staff.

Maersk said that the backlog will be gradually cleared over the coming weeks. 

About 10 percent of China’s exports transit through Yantian. The situation at the terminal has led to an increase in shipping costs as well as causing backlogs at other ports and delays in deliveries.