July 28, 2020

Flooding in China disrupts medical, PPE suppliers. Shippers should expect delays



Flooding In China Disrupts Medical, PPE Suppliers. Shippers Should Expect Delays  

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The China Meteorological Administration said multiple regions — from Sichuan in the southwest and Gansu in the northwest — face an increased risk from natural disasters in the coming days as record-breaking rainfall hits the country, according to Reuters.
"The current flood control situation remains severe and cannot be relaxed in any way," The Ministry of Water Resources said, Reuters reported Thursday.
"The areas impacted by the flood are mainly rural areas; so no major manufactory bases were affected and impacts to shippers are minor," according to a statement from Siewloong Wong, Kuehne+Nagel's regional manager for Asia Pacific.

Dive Brief:

  • Close to 30 of the more than 1,800 supplier sites monitored by Resilinc in the Chinese regions of Anhui, Hubei, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang have been impacted by flooding that hit the country last week and early this week, according to a statement provided by Resilinc. China's rainy season started June 1.
  • "Business activities and infrastructure in Xiantao and Wuhan in the Hubei province are experiencing severe disruptions to global supply chains for medical components, protective equipment, and non-woven fabric products, among others," a spokesperson for Resilinc told Supply Chain Dive in an email.
  • Dealmed, a U.S. medical supplier, told Reuters the flooding was "creating another major roadblock here in terms of PPE getting into the United States."

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