A full curfew in place across Kuwait against the novel coronavirus has ground the country’s ports to complete paralysis
Companies and individuals have been unable to obtain security permits during the curfew to allow clearing their goods that have pilled up and exceeded the capacity of ports to handle them, the report said, citing well-informed sources.
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They warned that should the situation persist, the country could face shortages of food and medicine supplies.
“Thousands of tonnes are now accumulated in warehouses and container courtyards at the ports of Al Shuwaikh and Al Shuaiba. There is no longer a capability to handle incoming ships due to the accumulation of goods,” the sources said. “The continuation of this situation could result in the perishing of imported food and frozen beef, and consequently cause damage to thousands of importers and consumers.”
No security permits have been issued to shipping agents and custom-clearance firms since the round-the-clock curfew came into effect on May 10, the sources said.
Imported goods to the ports make up around 90 per cent of the total imports to Kuwait, according to the same sources.
“Truck drivers cannot at present load goods because some security checkpoints stop them for having no security permits.”
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