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With Inventories Running Low, Businesses Across Africa Worry About What’s Next

Chinese made mobile phones are among the product categories that are being impacted by supply problems due to the near halt in China-Africa shipping and aviation trade. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

The near-halt in aviation and shipping links between China and Africa is causing severe disruptions in the supply chain that stocks the inventories of countless businesses across the continent. Merchants of all sizes and in all sectors are now scrambling to find other suppliers to replace the Chinese but they’re finding that’s not easy… even if possible at all.

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