By: Chris Gillis
A COVID-19 infection that shut down Customs and Border Protection’s office at the port on Thursday will not impact cargo operations, the agency said.
The Port of Alaska at Anchorage serves as a lifeline for many Alaskan residents that benefit from scheduled container loads of groceries and other consumer products from the Lower 48 states.
While public nerves in the state were rattled by supply concerns when Alaska’s governor on March 27 issued a “shelter-in-place” order to stave off personal transmissions of COVID-19, the state’s port authority and ocean carriers calling on Anchorage insisted that ships loaded with containers will continue to arrive on schedule.
Bal Dreyfus, Matson’s senior vice president for Alaska, said on March 28 that “‘shelter at home’ and intrastate travel restrictions issued for residents of Alaska do not affect our operations, as Matson and the services that support our operations are considered ‘essential businesses’ supporting critical transportation infrastructure.”
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