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Global supply chains are being battered by fresh Covid-19 surges

16 Aug 2021 | BY STRAITS TIMES

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Asia's renewed surge in Covid-19 infections is compounding supply-chain blockages across the world's biggest source of manufactured goods.

After weathering earlier pandemic waves better than other regions, the fast-spreading Delta variant has thrown into turmoil factories and ports in countries that were once among the most successful containing the virus.

The snarls in Asia - where the United Nations estimates around 42 per cent of global exports are sourced - risk twisting their way through global supply chains just as shipments would usually ramp up for the Christmas holiday shopping season.

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