China could block the world’s third busiest port city and disrupt the world’s supply chain

Ningbo, an industrial city in China, has the third largest container port in the world and has been blocked by the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Analysts suggest that blockades could cause further disruption to global supply chains.

Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, has been blocked after detecting at least 23 cases of the CCP virus, according to the Global Times of China’s state media. The outbreak is concentrated in Beilun District, the core area of ​​Ningbo Port, and many local truck drivers and important port personnel are reportedly under quarantine.

China’s “Dynamic Zero COVID” policy puts Beilun under a Level I emergency lockdown from 4:30 pm on January 1, shortly after several CCP virus cases were identified. rice field.

According to the National Health Commission of China, the areas where the outbreaks occurred were divided into closed areas, controlled areas, and preventive areas based on the risk level of infection, and were placed under different management protocols.

Currently, Beilun District’s closed and controlled area covers 4.66 square kilometers (1.8 square miles) and accommodates 37,000 people. People in closed areas are completely isolated, leaving the house is strictly forbidden, all commercial facilities are closed, and basic daily necessities are delivered to the door. Controlled zones allow only critical personnel to enter and exit according to the “keep on unless necessary” protocol.

Ningbo Fengshan Port is the second largest container port in China and the third largest port in the world. We have achieved a cargo processing volume of 1.1 billion tons for the third consecutive year. Beilun District is the core area of ​​Ningbo Port of Ningboshan Port, and its closed and controlled zone is near the cargo terminal.

Ningbo Marine Corps, a Chinese freight transport company, has a considerable blockade in the short-term imports and exports of the northern port area and the entire port of Ningbo-san, mainly because important port personnel and truck drivers are isolated. He said it was influential. In addition, the closed area temporarily blocked major roads to and from the port city, as well as many highways and terminal entrance channels.

According to Ningbo’s local news network, Beilun District has more than 20,000 trucks, but only about 7,600 were given a special pass to and from the port.

According to the report, the blockade of the truck industry in Beilun District will affect not only its foreign trade and freight transportation, but also transportation and logistics throughout Zhejiang Province.

The Chinese Communist Party’s antivirus regulations have put a special label on people who visit medium-risk or high-risk cities within 14 days. In most parts of China, on the other hand, labeled individuals are kept under 14 + 7 days of quarantine.

The blockade of China’s big cities to fight the outbreak has raised concerns for many freight companies and merchants around the world, but the ports in Beilun District of Ningbo are mostly operational. In addition, Ningbo City has taken special steps to keep the port operating despite the setbacks.

China’s Freight News Website OneShipping states that China’s foreign trade exports and freight transportation and logistics companies may inevitably have freight delays and congestion, which could have a domino effect on the major ports and markets in the vicinity. He said he needed to be prepared for the “worst case”. world.

Sean Lin


Shawn Lin is a Chinese expatriate living in New Zealand. Since 2009, he has contributed to The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China.

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