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China reopens one of the world’s main ports – Economy

China suspended this Wednesday the measures to prevent the coronavirus in one of the main ports in the world, partially closed in early August after an outbreak of covid-19, and which penalized the world’s logistical transport.

The port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, located 250 kilometers south of Shanghai, is one of the main Chinese freight ports. Last year, 1.2 billion tonnes of goods passed through the port’s quay, the third largest in the world in terms of shipments.

The Aug. 11 discovery of a covid-19 case among port workers led to the closure of a terminal, Meishan, which has a capacity of 10 million containers.

Restrictions at Meishan Terminal were lifted this Wednesday for a gradual “resumption” of operations, state television CCTV said, citing a statement from local authorities.

The terminal is expected to be fully operational by Sept. 1, the same source revealed. Nearly 2,000 employees were placed in isolation at a time when global supply chains were already under pressure.

Maritime transport has been under strong global pressure in recent months, due to sanitary restrictions and the economic recovery, which boosted the demand for goods.

Last May, the temporary closure of the Chinese port of Yantian, in the south of the country, due to coronavirus, resulted in weeks of delays in the shipment of goods.

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