Lockdown in South East Asian country’s biggest city, Vietnam has created concerns over global supplies of coffee.

Vietnam is a major producer of robusta, a bitter tasting bean used in producing coffee.

Exporting hub, Ho Chi Minh has been kept under tough travel restrictions following a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The lockdown of Ho Chi Minh implies Vietnam’s exporters are struggling to transport goods to ports for shipment around the world.

The Vietnam Coffee-Cocoa Association and other trade associations have called on the country’s government to ease the restrictions in a bid to help avoid further delays to shipments and costs.

Vietnam’s transport minister had last week ordered regional authorities in the south of the country to take action that ease unnecessary burdens on the transport of goods, which includes coffee.

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