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Bracing for virus impact on logistics and transportation

  • Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Harya S. Dillon

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /  09:03 am
Bracing for virus impact on logistics and transportation A deserted street is pictured in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on March 2, 2020. (AFP/NOEL CELIS)

With 134 known cases as of March 16, Indonesia is not magically immune to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, in January and has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, affecting over 115 countries. Even when health officials play down our vulnerabilities, the impacts of the crisis particularly on various sectors of the economy will undoubtedly be felt for a while. As such, economists must watch for symptoms in logistics and transportation services to anticipate subsequent shocks. Wuhan sits on the shore of the Yangtze, the world’s busiest riparian waterway. More than 80 percent of China’s river-borne traffic moves on through this great river where Wuhan alone handles close to 1.5 million containers a year. The surrounding region also supplies important commodities; thousands of tons of coal, steel, c...

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