Ships with medical supplies get priority at China harbours


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Feb 2020

BEIJING: Operators of seaports and harbours in China are giving priority to vessels and cargo containers bringing in supplies to battle the novel coronavirus epidemic.

The China Ports and Harbours Association said green lanes had been opened to these shipments.

Vessels transporting medical supplies would get priority to berth with their cargo unloaded first to ensure minimal delays in transporting emergency goods to the ground, reported Xinhua Financial of the national news agency.So far, 18 seaports and two major logistics companies have agreed to reduce or waive the fees incurred in using port facilities.

The ports are located in major cities in China, including Guangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhuhai, Wuhan, Xiamen and Guangxi.Free storage facilities will also be given up to 30 days to companies with goods that could not be cleared on time due to the outbreak.

It was reported that some Chinese firms suffered severe impact after failing to meet delivery obligations on time.

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