We have received many concerned enquiries in the last week about how the current spread of the coronavirus will impact New Zealand exporters.
We have since spoken to various Chinese government agencies to source the most recent information for you. Here is what we know:
The Chinese government has not banned the general import of goods and services from other countries but did ban the trade of wild animals in China.
The Chinese Customs Offices are also prioritising the processing of medical items and equipment through customs clearance. Customs clearance for other goods might be delayed given such prioritisation.
The banning of flights to/from China by multiple countries and airline affects international logistics and trade, which is affecting fresh produce and dairy exports.
The extension of the Chinese New Year holiday is having an impact.
Many municipal governments have required businesses to keep staff working from home until the 10th of February or even later, which affects communication channels and creates challenges in dealing with the appropriate authorities.
The extension to the Chinese New Year public holiday also affects international logistics.
It is common to experience some delays to shipments of goods to and from China this time of year.
China’s demand for quality NZ products and services is still strong.
The current lack of supply will lead to a peak of inquiries and orders for products once the coronavirus is gone.
For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber.