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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 (September 16) that Shenzhen operated 37 cargo vessel trips and transported around 3 300 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cross-boundary supplies by water yesterday (September 15), equivalent to about 13 780 tonnes of goods, of which around 10 TEUs (about 40 tonnes) were fresh food and around 3 290 TEUs (about 13 740 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 958 570 TEUs of cross-boundary supplies have been transported, equivalent to about 4 565 250 tonnes of goods, of which around 2 330 TEUs (about 19 640 tonnes) were fresh food and around 956 240 TEUs (about 4 545 610 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 3 663 rapid nucleic acid tests were conducted yesterday, among which 16 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, September 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:00
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