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Virus bites into jobs

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Ian Proudfoot

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[21 February, Neal Wallace, Farmers Weekly]

Coronavirus uncertainty and disruption is starting to affect a range of exporters. 1000 logging contractors have been laid off and this number could double according to industry experts due to disrupted shipping schedules in China. In good news, meat exporters report that the port activity is increasing, and that the distribution of perishable products is regaining traction. Forestry Industry Contractor’s Association chief executive Prue Younger is calling for the government to help the industry after a survey revealed that a third of workers have been laid off, with another third working short weeks. A similar survey is currently being run in the trucking industry to see the impact there. Forest Owners Association chairman Peter Weir reports that he is fearful these disruptions could continue for months due to a saturation of logs in China from Europe.

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