One coronavirus case was all it took to shut down a critical part of the world’s third busiest container port.
According to the state-owned company responsible for the port’s management, the Meishan terminal at Ningbo Zhoushan Port in eastern China has been restored to normal. Jiang Yipeng (deputy general manager, Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Group), announced that operations resumed at midnight on Wednesday, ending a two-week-long suspension.
After a dock worker tested positive to Covid-19, the terminal in Ningbo (south of Shanghai) was closed on August 11. Officials quickly suspended container pickup service after a dock worker tested positive for Covid-19.
Peter Sand, chief shipowner analyst at BIMCO in Denmark said it could take as long as 60 days.As workers and pilots are released from quarantine, normal operations will return to the port. This means that retailers around the globe will continue to experience disruptions as they try to stock up for the crucial holiday shopping season.
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