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China's precautionary measures pressure the import process

 A number of maritime transport workers revealed new disturbances that may occur during the next few days, due to the repercussions of Corona in China.

For his part, Haitham Talha, a member of the Importers Division of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, indicated that new pressures are expected to occur during the next few days in the global supply chain, due to the large spread of the Corona virus in some Chinese regions, compared to recent months.

China's precautionary measures pressure the import process

He pointed out that the Chinese authorities are trying all over China to stop the spread of the worst case of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country in two years, which led to a new closure in many factories.

He noted that some of the toughest measures have been implemented in the major manufacturing hubs of Shenzhen, Dongguan and Changchun provinces, as well as the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai, which has the world's busiest container port.

He pointed out that the most important goods that will witness a delay in shipments are the parts needed for electric scooters, warehouse robots and electric toys due to the closure, expecting the closures to continue until the end of this month.

In the same context, Osama Adly Mir, general manager of the Gulf Agency Company, indicated that since the start of the repercussions of Corona, there is a reliance mainly on Chinese products, but the main ports in the Chinese provinces of Shenzhen and Shanghai are operating normally so far, but she expected that there will be delays in Trucking due to road restrictions, after some companies in Shenzhen stopped their warehouses from accepting deliveries.

He noted that the number of container ships still waiting off Qingdao, one of China's largest ports, to rise as the country doubled down on its Covid Zero policy, adding further delays to the strained global supply chain.

About 72 ships were spotted off the port of Qingdao in Shandong on Monday, nearly double the number at the end of February, according to shipping data it collected. 

He predicted that increasing delays there and in other parts of China would push up freight rates, which had calmed somewhat during Recent weeks, especially as there is usually an overcrowding of ships seeking to enter China after the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, as the quantities are exacerbated this year due to the closures aimed at curbing the outbreak of the new Corona virus.

According to some Chinese official reports issued last weekend, there is a growing backlog of ships off the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo and Zhoushan, with the backlog arriving around 262 vessels, up from 243 a week ago.

As a new measure to contain the epidemic, China has decided to close down Shenzhen and northeastern Jilin Province, which threatens technology and production of the auto industry, the report said.

Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman, a navigation expert, expected that a new impact of the slowdown in imports associated with the Chinese New Year from China would appear, due to the new closures in China due to the emergence of new cases in a number of different Chinese provinces, and the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

He also expected that the container shortage movement would increase in the coming weeks again, especially as the epidemic spread in 21 Chinese provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhejiang, Jilin, Suzhou and Guangzhou, explaining that the news about Chinese ports that they are still operating, but they are facing business disruption due to a shortage of workers. Ports, the closure of many warehouses and warehouses, and the restriction of truck movement, which led to new disruptions in the supply chain.

China is one of the main sources of import for the Egyptian market, and most of the imports are received through the port of Sokhna due to its location in the Red Sea.

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