Unease in China: Covid & Cargo Impacts

China Unease

UPDATE: As of December 1st, 2022 the Chinese government has begun to ease some restrictions as a result of these protests.

As China continues to grapple with the impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns, there have been a range of protests throughout the country. While this may be concerning on its own, it has also had a trickle-down effect into China’s global supply chain. As China is home to many of the world’s manufacturers it serves as an essential part of our global economy and any disruptions can cause a ripple effect around the world.

The most recent disruption caused by growing pushback is being felt in Guangzhou where lockdowns have become increasingly common. This has led to delayed shipments from China which are having a huge impact on other countries that rely heavily on these imports. In particular, countries like America that depend heavily on China for their imports could be hit especially hard if China’s lockdowns continue without a solution for shippers.

It is not just China that is feeling the effects of this outbreak, other countries are also being impacted as manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand, and delays occur along the global supply chain. This means that companies who depend on China for their production can experience financial losses and shortages in supplies as orders take longer than expected.

At a time when everyone is already dealing with the ongoing impact of Covid-19, China’s unrest serves as another reminder of how interconnected our global economy has become and how one country’s issues can have an effect around the world.  

In any case, it is clear that China will play a critical role in determining how quickly the global economy can recover and thrive in this post-pandemic world. It’s important for us to be mindful of our interconnectedness and of China’s role in the global economy as we all work towards making our future brighter.  Only with continued attention and understanding can we ensure that China’s issues don’t cause further disruption to our already fragile global supply chain.

Argents works hard to manage the global market where logistics is concerned. We’re busy paying attention to where the delays could start to ensure our clients have custom-tailored solutions to find sourcing and transportation for cargo that gets stuck by the traffic and social distancing requirements of China’s zero-Covid policy. Our worldwide network provides extensive solutions for cargo complexity, with the personal touch of a dedicated team of experts to know you and your freight. Our business is to support your business and we’re serious about your success.