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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