Coronavirus is interrupting supply chains from watches to lobsters

Jonathan Bass, a Los Angeles businessman who makes wall art and furniture from a factory in Mexico, says some of the components he needs for production are stuck at a port south of Shanghai. Aluminum-backed mirrors, door hinges, and polyester pillow filler are among the items he’s awaiting, forcing him to scurry for alternative providers closer to home.

“The shipping lines keep telling us it’s another two weeks,” Bass said, annoyed at being charged a storage fee at the port as the vessel waits for authorization to depart.

A concern also has been how and where to get enough face masks, which he had been sourcing from China and which Mexican authorities require for his factory workers. China is experiencing a severe shortage. Bass is hoping he’ll be allowed to manufacture his own masks.

“If this flow doesn’t start happening from six to eight weeks from Chinese New Year, you’re going to see big impacts,” he said.