New lockdowns, old problems as two Chinese cities enter quarantine

China 2658 Cons. Discr. - Autos 980 Coronavirus 452 Health Care 279 U.S. 4725

The Chinese government has placed the cities of Langfang and Shijiazhuang under household quarantine for seven days to control a COVID-19 outbreak. That may have an impact on supply chains that depend on the cities, echoing a trend seen earlier in the pandemic. U.S. seaborne imports from Shijiazhuang rose by 18.4% year over year in Q4’20 while those from Langfang increased by 16.1%. Exports from Shijiazhuang are led by plastics including rubber gloves shipped by Hongray which grew by 17.1% year over year. Automotive component imports are particularly susceptible to short-term supply inte...

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