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Chinese Ports Hit Capacity as Virus Tests Slow Clearing

More fees and diversions possible, shippers warn customers

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Testing of imported food for the novel coronavirus is pushing capacity at some major Chinese ports to their limit, major shippers told customers this week, warning of additional fees and possible diversions to other ports.

Fox Business reports that China stepped up inspections of imported food last month after an outbreak of the coronavirus among people working at and visiting a major food market in Beijing.

German shipping firm warned that containers could be discharged at an alternative port and that cargo owners would be liable for additional costs.

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