Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach (doc. polb)
Data shows that in the first two months of this year (January-February 2020), world leading ports suffer volume drop. How do the port operators respond this situation and what do they expect to exist from the situation?
Some top executives of those ports affirmed the stop operation of manufacturing and industries in China had hit the trade volume, resulting in a drop of those ports volume.
“The drop was the effect of covid-19 (coronavirus) that has significantly hit the manufacturing activities in China, resulting in a drop of trade volume between China and other countries, including Indonesia,” IPC Director for Business Transformation Ogi Rulino said.
“Import from China was down significantly due to drop of production in the country. But we expect to come to normal soon as the manufacturers in China has started operation,” commended Loss Angeles (LA) Port Executive Director Sene Seroka.
Echoing the views Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach said: “With the extended factory closures and slowdown of goods movement in China and other Asian countries in February due to Lunar New Year and COVID-19, we are seeing shipping lines needing to cancel some sailings.”
“Once the virus is contained, we may see a surge of cargo, and our terminals, labor and supply chain will be ready to handle it,” he said in in a statement.
(More detail explanation of the port operators’ views on this situation and prediction for the next several months activities in port and shipping, please read it in cover story of Indonesia Shipping Gazette April Issue)