Covid-19 News

Champagne Exports sharp increase

Demand for imports of champagne is surging across the globe. Consumers around the world — especially in the United States — are reaching for bottles of...
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Posted on December 23, 2022

China suspends chicken imports from 2 Brazilian facilities

The Government of China has said nothing about the reason for suspending imports of chicken meat from 2 Brazilian processing facilities. Imports were su...
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Posted on February 7, 2022

Top exporting Australian requests Better China relations

Australia's biggest exporting state urged the government to stop antagonising China, the country's top trade partner. Increasing criticism of Beijing is be...
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Posted on June 16, 2021

Thailand denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand is not blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a government representative has said. Taiwan had accused Thailand of keeping for itself doses ...
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Posted on June 13, 2021

Covid-19 hampers solar manufacturers in India

Indian solar panel manufacturers kept production levels steady despite Covid-19 lockdowns this year are experiencing fewer sales and rising input costs. Pr...
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Posted on May 27, 2021

Increased International supply chain and shipping delays

Temporary shipping delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which lead to shortages of products for New Zealand industries - may continue until the end of th...
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Posted on May 10, 2021

India ministry COVID-19 helpdesk

The commerce ministry in India is starting a COVID-19 helpdesk to help resolve issues of exporters and importers, such as customs clearance delays and bank...
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Posted on April 26, 2021

UNICEF freight mission to support vaccine delivery

The UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative has been formed with leading airlines for the transport of vaccines, and other life-saving supplies worldwide...
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Posted on April 6, 2021

EU to reduce Covid Vaccine Exports for 6 Weeks

The European Union is finalizing emergency legislation giving it broad powers to curb exports for the next six weeks from Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in...
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Posted on March 29, 2021

Exports of Luxury Sake Flourish

Exports of premium sake from Japan made using sophisticated techniques are going well, although the quantity of sake exported in 2020 has fallen for the se...
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Posted on February 15, 2021

European Union Approves Exports of Covid-19 Vaccines

The European Union has said that it has approved a further 23 requests to export Covid-19 vaccines outside the Union under the bloc’s new export-licensin...
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Posted on February 10, 2021

Turkey to raise number of freight trains to China

The Turkish trade minister has said that the number of freight trains will increase, and continue travelling regularly to China. "We are proud and delig...
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Posted on December 22, 2020

Food and drink exports down £1.1bn from Scotland

The impact of Covid-19 and US import tariffs caused Scottish food and drink exports to plummet by £1.1 billion in the first nine months of the year. New ...
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Posted on December 16, 2020

Import and export costs go up. Freight rates rise

Freight charges have risen in the last few weeks because of the effect of Covid-19 on the global shipping sector, increasing the cost for importers and exp...
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Posted on December 13, 2020

Work from home in the West boosts coir exports

Coir and products exports from India to western countries including the US are flourishing, thanks to the new normal of ‘Work from Home’ triggered by t...
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Posted on November 4, 2020

Bangladesh Exports hit problems

Exports earned $2.9 billion in October, a reduction of about 6.5% from a year earlier. This may be the harbinger of the cold, harsh winter awaiting Banglad...
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Posted on November 3, 2020

Japan exports and imports continue to recover

Japan's exports and imports continued to recover last month from a downturn caused mainly by Covid-19. Exports fell by 4.9 percent in September from a ...
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Posted on October 17, 2020

Freight capacity increased on Belfast-Liverpool-Heysham routes

Short sea freight volumes dropped noticeably during the Covid-19 peak, so shipping lines were forced to remove freight ships from some services. During the...
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Posted on August 25, 2020

Shenzhen increases coronavirus testing for frozen food imports

The Chinese port city of Shenzhen requires extra tests on frozen meat and seafood after they detected traces of COVID-19 on food imports last week. The ...
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Posted on August 17, 2020

Exports of goods reached last year’s level

In June 2020 exports of goods from Estonia remained at the same level as 2019 and imports decreased by 8%. In the second quarter of 2020, exports decreased...
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Posted on August 12, 2020

Slovenia Exports and imports reduced

Slovenia's exports and imports in June 2020 decreased compared with the previous year; exports were 4.2% lower, imports were 5.1% lower. There were sign...
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Posted on August 9, 2020

Record low for UK manufacturing exports

Between April and June, the Trade Index was at a new low of 34.6 for new manufacturing exports, a decline from 46.8 in the first quarter of 2020. The fall ...
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Posted on August 4, 2020

Face masks provide opportunities for NZ wool exports

The face mask industry could be "game-changing" for New Zealand's wool exports, as a NZ company is already using specialist-breed New Zealand Astino wool a...
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Posted on August 2, 2020

UK pork exports drop 2% in May

May trading figures show the disruption caused by Covid-19, with UK pork exports recording a 2% decline on the year. Meanwhile, UK imports continued to be...
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Posted on July 30, 2020

Flower exports from Kenya

Kenyan flower exports have returned to 85 per cent of pre Covid-29 levels, following the easing of lockdown in European export markets. ...
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Posted on July 27, 2020

Bangladesh imports more fruits

The harvest season in Bangladesh is underway for local fruits such as mango, jackfruit and lychee, but there is also growing demand for fruits which have t...
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Posted on July 26, 2020

South Korea in recession – exports at 57-year low

South Korea has fallen into recession from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. GDP fall by a worse-than-expected 2.9% in year-on-year terms, the steepe...
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Posted on July 24, 2020

Non-textile exports from Pakistan dip

Exports of non-textile products fell by almost eight per cent year-on-year during July-June in FY20 because of the cancellation of orders following the cor...
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Posted on July 20, 2020

Turkey Exports surge

Exports from Turkey this June increased by 15.8% from the same month last year, recovering from a decline due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Turkey’s trade mi...
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Posted on July 3, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown Causes Export and Import fall

The Covid-19 lockdown caused double-digit declines in Hungary’s exports and imports in April, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows...
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Posted on July 2, 2020

China Suspends Chicken Exports

China has suspended poultry exports from an Arkansas processing plant, where workers had tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for the processing...
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Posted on June 22, 2020

Egypt opens 7 new export markets

Egypt has opened seven new markets for fruit and vegetable exports within 6 months, despite the difficulties created by the Covid-19 crisis. Agricultural e...
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Posted on June 18, 2020

Winemakers inr Portugal resume exports to China

Winemakers in the Dão wine region of Portugal have exported their first shipment of wine to China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is ho...
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Posted on June 17, 2020

Scottish exports fall by 15%

Scottish goods exports in the first three months of this year were worth £7.17 billion, from £8.49bn a year ago; this reflects Covid-19’s impact on glo...
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Posted on June 15, 2020

Singapore and France agree freight policy

Singapore and France have announced in a joint statement that they will co-operate to ensure the supply chains for essential food and agricultural freight ...
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Posted on June 11, 2020

Exports from Germany fall drastically

German exports fell at a record rate in April because economies around the world shut down to contain Covid-19. Export volumes fell 31.1% from a year ea...
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Posted on June 10, 2020

COVID-19 harms Kenyan Horticulture Exports

COVID-19 is damaging most sectors of the world’s economy. But Kenya has enjoyed a booming trade relationship with Europe recently, and the global lockdow...
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Posted on June 9, 2020

China Suspends US Pork and Soybean Imports

Responding to the threat from the USA to remove special treatment for Hong Kong, including export controls and extradition treatment, China has suspended i...
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Posted on June 4, 2020

Thailand food exports soar

Thailand is making the most of its history of food production, as the Covid-19 pandemic affects production and shipments of manufactured goods. The prop...
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Posted on June 3, 2020

Mango exports from Pakistan hit by Covid-19

Traditional mango exports have been badly affected by the economic havoc wreaked by Covid-19 and exporters fear a huge decline in export of the fruit in 20...
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Posted on June 2, 2020

China-Europe freight train 72% increase

From May 31, China-Europe freight trains running from Yiwu, in the Zhejiang province of China carried out 200 trips this year. The service transported 16,6...
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Posted on June 1, 2020

Covid-19 supplies by rail freight

China-Europe freight trains which depart from Yiwu connect five cities in eastern China and 36 countries in Europe. These include Spain, Denmark, Switzerl...
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Posted on May 31, 2020

S. Korea exports wristband trackers for quarantine violators

South Korea has been using electronic wristbands equipped with a location-tracking system on people who violate self-isolation rules since late April. ...
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Posted on May 25, 2020

Air cargo aims to make freight more efficient

According to the Digital Container Shipping Association, the ocean freight industry spends up to $8bn a year on paper bills of lading. The Covid-19 pandemi...
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Posted on May 22, 2020

Kenya’s herb farmers crushed by virus blow to exports

For herb growers in Kenya heavy rains - as have been experienced recently - often mean a year of solid profits. The thriving horticultural sector has be...
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Posted on May 16, 2020

April garment exports from Vietnam plummet

Garment and textile exports from Vietnam in April fell 20 percent year-on-year and could fall further, as importers cancel orders because of Covid-19 pande...
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Posted on May 15, 2020

Disinfectant exports from Turkey increase because of COVID-19

Disinfectant product exports from Turkey recorded a more than tenfold increase during the first four months of the year. The coronavirus pandemic increased...
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Posted on May 13, 2020

Imports Will Decline

The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue will cause imports at major U.S. retail container ports to see double-digit year-over-year declin...
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Posted on May 12, 2020

Freight trains continue in spite of coronavirus slowdowns

Freight trains transporting and transporting food, consumer products, chemicals and livestock to and from manufacturers, stores and ports are still running...
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Posted on May 8, 2020

Coronavirus fails to slow down China lamb imports

Lamb exports from Australia to China rose marginally in April, in spite of fears about the impact of cornavirus on the import/export trade. China import...
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Posted on May 7, 2020
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