4 Feb 2020

Novel Coronavirus: Log exporters brace for job losses

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 4 February 2020

Jobs are at risk as New Zealand log exporters brace themselves for problems with their supply chain due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus.

Logs from New Zealand are shipped to China and then transported to sawmills but there's uncertainty if these will reopen as normal after the Chinese New Year holiday.

The Forest Owners Association says some companies are already reducing their harvesting rate and this will reduce employment.

Peter Weir is the president of the Forest Owners Association.

He speaks to Corin Dann.