Impact of the coronavirus outbreak on international trade involving China

With the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV, the "Coronavirus") spreads globally at alarming speed some countries have responded to the crisis by taking measures such as restricting or denying importation from China and requiring additional risk assessment for vessels travelled to China. For instance, Jordan announced a halt to the Chinese animal and vegetable products and Indonesia will temporarily stop food and beverage imports from China. In the shipping sphere, we have seen massive cancellation of flights to or from China, and many world’s top container lines including Maersk, Cosco, MSC and Hapag-Lloyda all reducing or suspending calls to China. All of this comes even when the WHO does not recommend any trade restrictions on Chinese goods based on the current information available.

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