The BOC Blast 206 – Traffic controls in Xiamen, Aug 31 – Sep 6


Traffic controls in Xiamen, Aug 31 – Sep 6

Please note that the city of Xiamen is hosting the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), at a Multilateral Summit during the first week of September 2017. The Xiamen Transportation Bureau therefore has announced the implementation of traffic controls in the lead up to this international meeting:

August September
27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Restriction of traffic by “odd- even” licence plates x x x x x x x
Prohibition of vehicles with non-Xiamen license plates x x x x x x x
Prohibition of vehicles carrying dangerous cargo x x x x x x x x x x x
Prohibition of container trucks x x x x x x x
Normal trucks allowed to run only between 2200h – 0500h x x x x x x x

Note: “X” in the table above denotes dates when the restrictions are in force. With these restrictions in place, we expect operations between 31 August and 06 September to be impacted as follows:

  • Air Freight shipments are likely to come to a standstill as the cut-off time for cargo receipt at the airport terminal is 1730h (application for overtime duty until 20h00 may be possible), while trucks are only permitted to run between 22h00 – 05h00. Also, freighter planes calling at Xiamen airport from 30 August to 06 September will be cancelled.
  • Ocean Freight shipments (both FCL and LCL) will be restricted due to the prohibition of container trucks.
  • Besides traffic restrictions, cargo transported into the city will be subject to higher level of security checks regardless of transport mode, which will contribute to longer transit time.


It is not known yet if ocean carriers and airlines will skip calls to and from Xiamen during this period. Our team will monitor the situation and update you on the developments.


In the meantime, please reach out to your BOC Representative with any questions. Thank you