Hong Kong’s new quarantine requirements

Flight suspensions add to agricultural shipping problems US

In response to Hong Kong’s new quarantine requirements on locally based cargo crew, on December 30, 2021, Cathay Pacific airlines announced the suspension of all long-haul cargo and cargo-only passenger flights until January 6, 2022. It is estimated that the impact of the seven-day flight suspension on U.S. agricultural and food exports is $2.6 million.

According to a logistics trade entity, this new quarantine measure could raise air shipping costs and further disrupt future supplies of fresh produce, seafood, and premium meats. In addition, the government’s January 5 announcement suspending in-bound passenger flights from various countries, including the United States, will extend the impact on U.S. agricultural trade as passenger flights also carry cargo.

Between January – November 2021, the United States exported $410 million worth of agricultural and food products to Hong Kong via air. Almost all the top U.S. food products air shipped to Hong Kong rose remarkably.

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Source: apps.fas.usda.gov

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