Questions and concerns regarding the coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a contagious respiratory illness, have surfaced from a number of customers. Border States is monitoring the situation closely and, in the coming weeks, will provide updates regarding coronavirus impacts on global supply chain logistics.
UPDATE: Coronavirus impacts on global supply chain logistics
The coronavirus has been spreading through China and other countries for the past several weeks. In central China, many companies have remained closed for safety reasons. It’s expected to take weeks for production facilities to return to full capacity.
Many vendors have indicated that they expect no or minimal impacts. Select others have expressed concerns over China’s recent suspension of operations during its extended New Year’s holiday, as well as reduced freight and cargo options due to restricted airline travel and reduced ship traffic at ports.
The following product categories include potential risks:
- Telecommunication equipment (including fiber)
- Subassemblies and castings
- Pole line hardware
- Porcelain products
- LED lighting
Border States will continue to work closely with suppliers in these categories to minimize disruption as much as possible until the emergency subsides.
About the coronavirus
The virus was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China, which is part of the Hubei province in the central part of the country. Wuhan is considered the commercial and economic hub of central China and is a major transportation zone connecting all of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international health emergency. As of Feb. 10, there have been over 40,000 documented cases of the virus in China and 27 other countries, including the United States. Over 99% of cases are in mainland China.
Border States will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for additional information regarding safety concerns and travel restrictions. For further supply chain questions, please contact a Border States Account Manager.