This spike in cases adds to an already stressful time for the Ningbo port. Only around 6,000 of 20,000 local drivers have been given special passes to enter and leave the port. Such a shortage could result in worsening supply chain issues. "Some truck drivers trapped in the lockdown area are unable to apply for the passes," said an anonymous freight forwarder to freight news website Lloyd's List. "Some are reluctant to go to Beilun and the terminals now deemed as a COVID-risky area that can invoke quarantine requirement in other cities."
Although there are currently no direct cases currently reported involving port employees, many of those infected work at a workshop owned by Shenzhou International, which frequently ships products out of the port. More than 5,300 people work at the port.