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DSV Executive VP compares Chinese bottlenecks to Suez blockage

The partial shutdown of the port of Yantian is as big of a challenge as the Suez blockage, "if not bigger," says Executive VP for DSV Air & Sea Henrik Nielsen in an interview with ShippingWatch. At DHL, customers are advised to reroute cargo to other ports.

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The coronavirus outbreak and partial shutdown of the crucial port Greater China Yantian in recent days has prompted container carriers to reroute ships to other ports. Tuesday, Maersk reported that 40 ships were affected, while Hapag-Lloyd has reported 16 affected ships.

At DSV Panalpina, Executive Vice President for Air & Sea Henrik Nielsen ranks the current situation in China to be at least comparable to the Suez Canal blockage in March, which put a halt to large parts of the world trade for nearly a week.

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