Consumers in Hong Kong are demanding a sharp rise in food prices including milk, fruit and meat after officials banned cargo planes to protect China’s territory from the growing Omicron coronavirus.
Cathay Pacific, the region’s flag bearer, announced last week suspension of cargo flights, while other airlines have been banned from flying to Hong Kong or canceling flights due to the city’s strict epidemic guidelines.
The suspension of the aircraft has reduced the cargo area, which has led to cargo companies and exporters, which provide more food in one of the cargo companies. very expensive cities globally, warning customers of prices even at very high prices.
“30 shipping trips [have been] cutting, which results in goods of more than 3,000 tons. Shipping costs are expected to rise 20-30 percent and such an increase will be provided to Hong Kong buyers, “said the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics.
ParknShop, LiK-shing’s CK Hutchison supermarket, said prices for bulk exports had tripled. Sales of yoghurt, soft cheese and other fresh fruits have been severely affected by recent stock demands.
“We can see the high prices. . . will last more than a quarter, “the company said.
Hong Kong has taken China The “zero-Covid” method., which included restrictions on its borders and a three-week imposition of immigrants from many countries.
Although the strong approach has fewer illnesses and mortality in the region, it has also isolated former Asian economic zones. Even air travel to countries such as the US and Australia were suspended.
The city started though very strict measurements at the end of December when good cases were found among flight attendants, some of them were allowed to go to work on their own.
Assets the pilots had to meet seven days of solitary confinement at the hotel, while pilots are required to endure up to two weeks of solitude at the hotel.
The move prompted Cathay to suspend her long-distance cargo trips. The carrier said the ruling affected cargo flights on transpacific routes, Europe, the Southwest Pacific, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
On Wednesday, trips to Hong Kong from eight countries, including the US, UK and France, were banned for two weeks.
For Giovanni Bravo, owner of Bravo Fine Foods, the suspension of the plane has caused quite a stir.
“There is no peace, no insurance when our planes arrive,” says Bravo, who enters about five tons of food a week to provide restaurants, cafes and hotels.
“Sometimes we have to travel by car from one city to Belgium or Germany to get a plane. . . it ‘s increasing our income at random, and there is a huge amount of damage. “
Although some of the food is imported by road from China, Hong Kong relies heavily on imported goods, due to its small agricultural area. One liter of milk can cost $ 4.50.
The shipping agency said supplies from the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand were the worst affected. ParknShop said it wanted to get more local products to reduce customer engagement.
“The price will go up. . . due to the failure of cargo planes, ”said Bill Ip, a Seafrigo exporter. “It’s going to be really bad, let me tell you.”