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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 (November 14) that Shenzhen operated 154 cargo vessel trips and transported around 17 980 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cross-boundary supplies by water from November 11 to yesterday (November 13), equivalent to about 77 520 tonnes of goods, of which around 30 TEUs (about 270 tonnes) were fresh food and around 17 950 TEUs (about 77 250 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 1 227 060 TEUs of cross-boundary supplies have been transported, equivalent to about 5 804 980 tonnes of goods, of which around 2 710 TEUs (about 22 910 tonnes) were fresh food and around 1 224 350 TEUs (about 5 782 070 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 9 413 rapid nucleic acid tests were conducted for the period from November 11 to yesterday, among which six 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/Monday, November 14, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:00
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