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Update on supplies from Mainland
     The Task Force on Supplies from the Mainland led by the Transport and Logistics Bureau (TLB) has been working closely with the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government to explore various means to stabilise the supply of goods from the Mainland to Hong Kong.
     A spokesperson for the TLB said that the "Sea Express" water transportation service from the Mainland to Hong Kong has been fully launched and its capacity is rising to increase the supplies of fresh food, other daily necessities and manufacturing materials. The current supply of fresh food from the Mainland is stable.
     The spokesperson said today (August 5) that Shenzhen operated 56 cargo vessel trips and transported around 5 320 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cross-boundary supplies by water yesterday (August 4), equivalent to about 27 150 tonnes of goods, of which around 20 TEUs (about 100 tonnes) were fresh food and around 5 300 TEUs (about 27 050 tonnes) were non-fresh food, according to information from the Mainland authorities.
     Since the launch of services from the three ports in Shenzhen since February 18 to yesterday, a total of around 767 170 TEUs of cross-boundary supplies have been transported, equivalent to about 3 711 290 tonnes of goods, of which around 2 200 TEUs (about 18 760 tonnes) were fresh food and around 764 970 TEUs (about 3 692 530 tonnes) were non-fresh food.
     Meanwhile, to avoid a spillover of the epidemic, the Transport Department (TD) arranges for dedicated staff to conduct rapid nucleic acid tests, using nasopharyngeal swabs for specimen collection, for cross-boundary goods vehicle drivers at various land boundary control points. Only drivers with a negative result are allowed to enter the Mainland. A total of 3 059 rapid nucleic acid tests were conducted yesterday, among which seven cases that tested preliminarily positive or indeterminate were found. The TD has passed the cases to the Department of Health for follow-up.
     The TLB will closely monitor the situation and co-operate with the Mainland authorities to facilitate and implement various measures to ensure both smooth cross-boundary land transport and a stable goods supply to Hong Kong, while reducing the risk of epidemic transmission in both the Mainland and Hong Kong.
Ends/Friday, August 5, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:00
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