The importation of cargo from China will plunge to next to nothing from next week, with disruptions potentially lasting for months, Irish shippers say.
However, that is set to change as orders that should have been filled during the worst of the crisis have not left port. Dublin Port terminal operators say they are bracing for what one called "a huge cancellation of ships".
The Doyle Shipping Group, which offloads containers at Dublin Port, says its shipping schedule looks normal until next week, when the effects of the crisis become stark. "We're going to start to get next to nothing from China for the next six to eight weeks," said DSG director Pat Brennan. His firm employs 250 in Dublin, unloading around 1,200 containers a day from 20 ships a week.
He said the planning list of inbound ships shows three vessels that usually arrive from Europe's shipping hub at Rotterdam with Asian goods will stop coming next week. That would mean 600 to 700 fewer containers, which normally bear everything from Chinese garlic to electronics.
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