Hong Kong Flight Suspensions Add to U.S. Agricultural Shipping Woes

Hong Kong, HK — A seven-day flight suspension of all long-haul cargo and cargo-only passenger flights by Cathay Pacific airlines impacted U.S. agricultural and food exports to the tune of $2.6 million, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

The suspension was announced Dec. 30 in response to Hong Kong's new quarantine requirements on locally based cargo crews.

This new quarantine measure could raise air shipping costs and further disrupt future supplies of fresh produce, seafood, and premium meats, according to a logistics trade entity.

In addition, the government’s Jan. 5 announcement suspending in-bound passenger flights from various countries, including the United States, will extend the impact on U.S. agricultural trade as passenger flights also carry cargo.

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