Calls at Chinese ports dropped by approximately 30% in February compared to the same period in 2018 as a direct result of coronavirus, according to national media.
Citing shipping broker Clarksons, the South China Morning Post says commercial vessels of all kinds – container ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers – have diverted their calls elsewhere.
China is the most powerful country in the maritime world, with seven of the world’s biggest ports.
In 2019 it accounted for 14% of all containerized cargo and has seen its share of world trade increase at a near unprecedented level since it joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2000.
However, coronavirus has threatened to cut it off from the global economy, as ports remain congested and goods stuck.