Sri Lankan Lockdown Disrupts Indian Shipping Routes
A rise in COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka has led to lockdown extension, putting further pressure on Colombo port and disrupting Indian shipping routes.
The country-wide lockdown in Sri Lanka has been extended from 20th August 2021 until at least 1st October 2021 due to a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
This has led to disruption to Sri Lankan supply chains, including routes passing through the country such as those originating in India.
The port of Colombo has been struck with labour shortages due to the COVID outbreak, as well as congestion as a knock-on effect of delays in berthing vessels. The port is also seeing further operational delays, caused by sporadic inclement weather conditions and high yard density.
Further disruption is effecting the inter-terminal trucking and road freight in Sri Lanka, leading to shipping lines introducing cut-offs to ensure shipping schedules are maintained.
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