Recently, according to reports from insiders of the Lao Banana industry, bananas in Lao-producing areas are in a difficult situation in terms of shipment. According to a source from a local cargo transportation agency, it received the local epidemic prevention and control notice on October 8, and it is expected that the Mohan Port will suspend all vehicles entering/exiting the Mohan Port within the upcoming week. It is reported that the closure of freight at Mohan Port is related to the COVID-19 infection of a local driver.
According to an announcement issued by the Yunnan Health Commission on October 7, a cross-border freight dispatcher at the Zhonglao Mohan Port was confirmed as positive. Many insiders of the Lao Banana industry confirmed that the current port cargo has indeed been closed, and it is difficult for Lao bananas to pass to the customs in the short term. Some bases choose to store fruits in cold storage, but the storage time is limited.
Mr. Tang, who has invested in planting more than 266 hectares of bananas in Laos, said that the current information is that the customs will be temporarily closed for 7 days. It’s still uncertain about how it would be after 7 days, but it has already had a significant impact on the Lao banana industry. "At present, we have 16 trucks of bananas stuck on the road, and more than 20 trucks of bananas in the cold storage. The base has at least 2-3 trucks of bananas that need to be harvested every day, which is very stressful." Mr. Tang said. He felt very helpless when the banana prices finally rose in the recent period but faced the difficulty of shipping. He can only hope that the port will be reopened after 7 days without the spread of the epidemic.