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CORONAVIRUS STARTING TO IMPACT CHINA'S AG IMPORTS
Agri-Pulse reports:

With mounting uncertainty over whether dock workers in China will be able to unload container and bulk ships, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition is reaching out to carriers to try to get more flexibility for the exporters that use their services.

Some marine terminals in China are working, but some are not as the country tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus, says ATC Executive Director Peter Friedmann. One fear is that there will be no Chinese product ready to be exported, so the containers will remain trapped at Chinese ports as carriers charge U.S. exporters fees.

"If things are slowed down in China, then they don't have the cargo to ship to the United States because the factories are closed down, the truck drivers aren't driving and the terminals may not be operating," he said.

Amid the uncertainty, the coalition is asking carriers to wait longer before charging penalties to exporters.
By the way: U.S. meat industry officials in the Asia-Pacific region say they're not aware of any port closures in China due to risks of the coronavirus.

"Even during the bleakest days of SARS here in Hong Kong, that port was still loading and unloading vessels 24/7," said Joe Haggard with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

By the way: U.S. meat industry officials in the Asia-Pacific region say they're not aware of any port closures in China due to risks of the coronavirus.
"Even during the bleakest days of SARS here in Hong Kong, that port was still loading and unloading vessels 24/7," said Joe Haggard with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.


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