New Coronary Pneumonia Causes Chain Effect, Import and Export Industry of Port of Oakland Is Affected
(Reported by our reporter Ma Xinwulun)
The Port of Oakland (Port of Oakland) is the eighth largest container cargo port in the United States. Although the latest statistics show that the Port of Oakland is becoming more and more Alarming port officials, international travel and shipping have been hit since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, in December, with airline flight cancellations, travel restrictions and quarantines threatening to dampen economic activity.
Port officials reported a 7.3 percent increase in imports last month and a 3.3 percent increase in exports from January 2019, pointing to a positive effect from the cooling of the U.S.-China trade war, which saw a January agreement between China and the U.S. Agreed to increase purchases of agricultural products from the United States, many of which are shipped to Asia through the Port of Oakland. Likewise, demand from overseas consumers has boosted cargo volumes at the port.
Quarantines and restrictions imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the coronavirus appear to have slowed manufacturing in the country somewhat and caused some shipping lines to cancel upcoming cargo trips, port officials said. John Driscoll, director of maritime at the Port of Oakland, said: "The gains in January are encouraging, but we are hearing from shipping lines that volumes may slow down in the coming months. It may take months. It will take more time to fully understand the impact of the virus outbreak on global shipping and the overall economy.”
The impact of the new crown pneumonia on the local import and export industry will also gradually appear. Chen Yun, chairman of the American Oriental Food Chamber of Commerce, said that this epidemic will also affect the import of seasonings. Only half of the workers in his company's domestic factories have returned to work because of the closure of the village. , so productivity plummets. "At present, there are enough goods in the warehouse, all of which were imported last year. I believe the impact will appear in the next quarter." In addition, the US government has requested more samples of food exported from certain places in China to be quarantined. When it comes to food safety issues, Chen Yun pointed out : "Food in the United States is strictly controlled by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Customs and the Bureau of Agriculture, so you can buy with confidence."
Gong Jianyong, president of Great Way Trading Co., Ltd. located in Union City, said that now everyone only cares about how to export anti-epidemic materials to China, and few people pay attention to imports. At present, imports from China to the United States are normal. Because the goods are all produced years ago and placed a good order.
He pointed out that the epidemic has actually dealt a severe blow to the Chinese economy. The epidemic is still expanding, and the Chinese economy has almost stagnated. If it does not advance, it will retreat. The gross national product (GDP) may even experience negative growth. "The impact of the epidemic on the United States is similar to the trade war. China's productivity has declined and prices have increased. People will inevitably choose other countries as importing countries. The prices of goods from other Asian countries may be slightly higher than China's original prices, but there is no way around it. , After all, everyone still has to dress and eat normally, and if a store is closed, they will still choose another store,” Gong Jianyong said.