An outbreak of COVID-19 at a clothing factory in Ningbo’s Beilun district in China over the weekend sparked local lockdowns and mass testing, and has hampered trucker availability connecting Ningbo-Zhoushan port, the world’s largest port in overall cargo volumes and third largest when it comes to handling containers.
The number of confirmed COVID cases has increased from an initial one to 23 at the latest count.
The heightened restrictions could result in production disruptions.
A notice from Ningbo Customs has detailed a business emergency response mechanism with changes to some customs clearance and inspection operations in locked down Beilun district, an area of the city that houses some of the busiest container terminals.
“The heightened restrictions could result in production disruptions, including short-term delivery and order fulfilment delays, at factories in the affected areas of Beilun District. Processing delays and shipping disruptions are possible at the Ningbo Port; however, officials have issued passes for permitted truck drivers to enter closed locations and designated ‘greenways’ for container vehicles to access the port area,” an update from risk management consultants Crisis24 stated today.
Beijing’s strict zero-COVID policy has curbed local outbreaks with mass testing, snap lockdowns, vigilant surveillance and extensive quarantines. However, new variants, such as Omicron, have seen outbreaks intensify since the autumn.
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