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Pine nuts: first factories open again

February 17, 2020 12:06 PM, Der AUDITOR
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PEKING. After the spread of the coronavirus prompted pine nute facturies to be closed in China, the health authorities have now permitted the first factories to open again. Production is, nevertheless, delayed.

Production resumes

Factories need to be inspected and obtain permission from the local health authorities before resuming operations. Market players report that the first factories have now started production again. The week-long standstills have, however, given rise to several problems. The factory owners do not, for instance, know when they will be able to obtain raw nuts again. As existing contracts need to be met first, new enquiries cannot be accepted until April at the earliest. In addition, the quarantine preventions mean that there are not enough qualified staff available to carry out the obligatory export controls. Supplies are low. Offers and reference prices are not available.

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