[Epoch Times on January 7, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Yi Fan comprehensive report) Since the new year, the world’s third largest container port and China’s second largest port core port area-Ningbo Zhoushan, has an epidemic outbreak, and a large number of containers there Truck drivers are living in epidemic control areas, which may worsen the already deteriorating international shipping.
On the first day of the new year in 2022, the Chinese Communist Party officially reported 7 confirmed cases of the Chinese Communist Party virus (Covid-19) in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province. The next day, Ningbo City reported another 9 new confirmed cases. The two consecutive days of epidemics were highly concentrated in Beilun District, Ningbo City.
As the CCP adopted the so-called “dynamic reset” epidemic prevention mode, the local area immediately initiated Level I emergency response and implemented closed management of Beilun District from 16:30 on January 1st.
According to the plan of the National Health Commission of the Communist Party of China, the area where the epidemic occurred is divided into a closed area, a control area and a prevention area according to the level of transmission risk, and three areas are classified and managed. Beilun has two enclosed areas totaling 4.66 square kilometers, involving a population of 37,000. The enclosed area shall be fully enclosed and isolated, home control measures shall be strictly implemented, all commercial outlets shall be closed, and basic necessities of life shall be delivered in a unified manner.
Ningbo Zhoushan Port is the second largest container port in China and the third largest in the world, with a cargo throughput exceeding 1.1 billion tons for three consecutive years. Beilun is the core port area of Ningbo Zhoushan Port.
The online public account “Ningbo Shipping” stated that the epidemic has had a considerable impact on the short-term import and export of Beilun Port and even Ningbo Zhoushan Port, mainly because truck drivers, the most important part of port personnel, need to be quarantined. At the same time, the closed control area has important access roads, and many highways and dock access channels have been urgently closed.
According to a report from China‘s trade and cross-border logistics industry observer “Marine Shipping Online”, truck fleets including drivers basically work and live in the two control areas of Beilun. Therefore, the epidemic has a relatively large impact on the truck industry. The trucks will not be able to get out of the cars normally, and the entire Zhejiang foreign trade, freight forwarding, and shipping will be greatly affected.
Ningbo Zhoushan Port has opened four special two-way green channels from highway junctions to various container terminals, and issued special passes to eligible trucks.
Public data shows that there are more than 20,000 trucks in Beilun. However, the local official media “China Ningbo Net” reported on the 3rd that at present, only more than 7,600 card professional passes have been issued, which is about 38%.
According to relevant regulations, the special pass is only used for point-to-point linear transportation between Beilun’s major port areas and expressways, and cannot be used for transportation in other areas, such as picking up empty containers at a container yard.
Moreover, even if the pass is used to enter and exit the Beilun port area normally, there will be a lot of inconveniences if the truck leaves Ningbo to load the goods. According to the Chinese Communist Party’s epidemic prevention regulations, anyone who has visited a city with medium and high risk areas within 14 days will have an “asterisk” in the itinerary code. There are regulations in most regions of China that the personnel carrying the itinerary code will be controlled for “14+7” days.
Although many trade and shipping people are worried, Beilun has no signs of closing the port. Ningbo has issued an emergency notice to ensure port production and is planning some specific countermeasures.
In any case, the quarantined truck driver will not be able to work until at least 14 days. At present, Beilun has carried out large-scale nucleic acid testing for three consecutive days. Other port areas in Ningbo are also urgently investigating and responding.
China‘s international shipping media “One Shipping” commented that the epidemic in Beilun, the core area of Ningbo Port, will not only affect the Ningbo Port itself, but also the global port shipping and global supply chain. As time goes by, it will gradually show up and deterioration. Delays, port jumps and congestion will inevitably be passed to East China, South China and major ports and markets around the world with a domino effect. China‘s foreign trade export and freight forwarding logistics companies must prepare for the worst.
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