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Supply-Chain Crisis Only Getting Worse With China's 7-Week Port Quarantine

  • Vessels barred for two weeks after bringing on any new crew
  • China’s restrictions ‘cause knock-on effects,’ says the ICS
Views of the Yangshan Deepwater Port Ahead of China Trade Figures
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China’s increasingly extreme Covid Zero policies are standing in the way of a full recovery for the shipping industry and prolonging a crisis that’s snarled ports and emptied shelves worldwide.  

In its attempts to keep the virus out, China’s continued to prohibit crew changes for foreign crew and recently imposed as much as a seven-week mandatory quarantine for returning Chinese seafarers. Even vessels that have refreshed their crew elsewhere have to wait two weeks before they’re allowed to port in China.