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Bracing for virus impact on logistics and transportation

  • Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Harya S. Dillon

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18 2020   /  01:33 am
Not business as usual: A vessel docks at a container terminal operated by state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Export and import activities, which have slowed during the United States-China trade spat, have worsened due to the coronavirus pandemic.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Not business as usual: A vessel docks at a container terminal operated by state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Export and import activities, which have slowed during the United States-China trade spat, have worsened due to the coronavirus pandemic.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)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 Ya...