EP 568 | AIRED 12/13/2021
December 13th, 2021 --- This week we signal the beacon alert on preparing for the upcoming Lent Season, and also provide a China update as our pulse in Dalian is that plants will not be able to resume production before Chinese New Year.
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--- Now for an update in China as processing plants in Dalian remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and plants in Qingdao are fully booked ahead of Chinese New Year, but are still behind schedule where some orders (ultimately) will be delayed, until after Chinese New Year.
A new notice from the Chinese Government specifies that between December 25th to January 15th, all processing plants in Dalian will need to reassess their COVID protocol for the Government to review, where then, only approved plants can resume production.
This most likely means that plants in Dalian will not be able to resume production before Chinese New Year because plant closures for the Chinese New Year holiday is slated for around the 23rd of January.
For a snapshot of the current raw materials situation in China, please refer to this chart on the screen.
During the 1st week of December it was reported that all businesses in Zhuanghe were allowed to open except for seafood businesses.
Zhuanghe is a district of Dalian which was the source of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in November.
Since then, it is said that COVID in Zhuanghe is under control and people are allowed out of their homes since December 5th.
As the Chinese Government tends to move swiftly and unpredictably, keep tuned in here for regular updates on the seafood situation in China as the situation in Dalian is highly progressive.