Kuwait radical lockdown

Kuwait Port Authority has issued a circular on Feb 25, which is banning cargo ships from Kuwait Ports, if they arrive from and depart to, Republic of Korea, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Iraq. Tankers are excluded from this circular.
Comment: Not clear what does it mean, exactly. Does it mean that from now on, no cargo originated from or destined for, the abovementioned countries, can reach the customers? Does it mean, that there’s, effectively, no more trade with these countries? Looks very radical.



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