Chinese Products Shortages Felt By 1000s of Importers and Retailers Worldwide. The coronavirus in China is hampering the manufacturing and exporting of products shipped to America and the rest of the world. Importers are searching for alternative sources to get their products from and keep retailers shelves full. Electronics, Shoes, Clothing, are first to be impacted. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of people’s lives. Companies’ supply chains were affected, unemployment rates rose dramatically and the government-imposed stay-at-home orders rendered grocery stores and other necessary household products. Shortages inherently occurred; the causes for the shortages varied, as did their durations. After several weeks, many shortages were resolved, but paradoxically returned as states began to reopen.
Effect of Covid-19 on Chinese Products Exports
To limit the spread of the coronavirus, over 700 million Chinese people currently have travel restrictions, keeping many from getting to their factories and office jobs. This is impacting all business and manufacturing sectors in China. As China has fewer workers processing their export orders and receiving more restrictions from foreign countries, the export of Chinese fresh produce is also being affected.
Many importers are suspending imports of fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables from China. To replace the imports from China, buyers are soliciting these commodities from other countries as Turkey and Morocco. Indonesia, a large importer of Chinese fresh produce, announced that it will also temporarily stop its imports from China to prevent spreading the virus.
Chinese Products Shortages include:
- Medical Prescription Drugs
- Fresh Produce
- HVAC Components and Spare Parts
- Automotive Spare Parts
- Smartphones, Laptops, TVs
Boycott Chinese Products
In addition to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been campaigns advocating for a boycott of products made in China causing some shortages in some countries. Commonly cited reasons for boycotting include the alleged low quality of products, human rights issues, territorial conflicts involving China, support for separatist movements within China, and objection to more specific matters relating to China, including the government’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been calls for a boycott of goods made in China in countries such as India, Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as separatist movements in China itself. A full boycott of products made in China is considered to be difficult to achieve, as the country manufactures a large number of goods that are widely sold and used across the world, and also holds stakes in various non-Chinese companies.
India and the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration have called for a joint campaign to boycott Chinese products in response to border intrusion incidents allegedly perpetrated by China. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Bhagwat stated “We speak about self-dependence and standing up to China. The new government seems to be standing up to it. But where will the government draw strength from if we don’t stop buying things from China?” The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) refused to cancel Chinese sponsorship even amidst the border standoff with China in which twenty soldiers had died.
In May 2020, leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage declared that it was “Time to stop buying all Chinese products” and claimed that the Chinese “intend to be a bullying master of countries that have become too dependent on them.” A group of lawyers and activists submitted a 60-page document urging the UK government to ban the import of all cotton from Xinjiang over concerns of “forced labour regime” in the province. A survey conducted in June 2020 revealed that 49% of British citizens would boycott “at least some Chinese products”, while two-thirds voted in favour of increasing tariffs on Chinese imports.
In the United States, charges related to human rights violations (including forced labor camps), treatment of women, conflicts with Hong Kong and Taiwan, and persecution of the religious in China have sparked calls for economic boycotts of the country over the years.
In 2019, the Federal Communications Commission placed China-based telecommunication equipment companies Huawei and ZTE on blacklist citing national security risks. Chinese state-owned network provider China Mobile was banned from operating in the US in 2019 while a license removal was proposed for China Telecom in 2020 due to similar concerns.
According to a survey conducted in Washington in May 2020, 40% of respondents stated that they would not buy products made in China. On an interview during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida senator Rick Scott claimed that “the American public is going to stop doing business with China” and that they “are now totally fed up with China”, accusing China of having “clearly killed Americans with their actions”, referring to China’s handling of the pandemic. He also said, “No one should ever buy anything from Chinese communist. We should never forget it is communist China, run by the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi.”
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Turkish Products as alternative to Chinese Products
The coronavirus outbreak in China may lead global buyers to find new sources, especially in sectors such as textile, garments and steel, and Turkish suppliers are a good alternative. Multiple Turkish industries from textile to automotive, food, machinery and electronics have stepped up production to meet the increasing demand from abroad as the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in China become more apparent. We invites world traders to stock up for your business from Turkey on YeniExpo.com