German ports brace for coronavirus disruptions

German ports brace for blow from coronavirus disruptions

Michael Nienaber

BERLIN, March 11 (Reuters) – German ports are bracing for their trade to take a severe blow in the coming days as the coronavirus outbreak and related plunge in shipments from China compound a container shortage and push up transport costs in Europe’s largest economy.

Since ship deliveries from China to Germany take up to six weeks, the port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest trading hub, and smaller inland ports are only now beginning to feel the full impact of the COVID-19 virus, which has disrupted the container shipping trade and supply chains the world over.

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