Port choke points an example of how virus snarls production, distribution of food
The port backlogs that have crippled food shipments around the world for weeks are not getting much better. In fact, in some places, they are getting worse.
In the Philippines, officials at a port that is a key entry point for rice said last week that the terminal is at risk of shutting as thousands of shipping containers pile up because lockdown measures are making them harder to clear.
Hubs like Singapore and Shanghai have halted crew transfers to prevent the spread of the virus.
Trucking bottlenecks, sick plant workers, export bans and panic buying have all contributed to why shoppers are seeing empty grocery store shelves, even as ample supplies are available.
A three-week lockdown on India’s 1.3 billion people has brought transportation of goods within its borders to a near halt, and the government sparked confusion when it told all major ports that the virus was a valid reason to halt some operations.