New Zealand’s Fonterra , the world’s largest dairy exporter, said on Friday its exports to China rose 13.8% in December, but warned that the coronavirus outbreak “will potentially impact” shipments from January.

The rapidly spreading outbreak, which is feared to be tipping into a pandemic, has disrupted supply chains and businesses globally, with a rapid rise in infections outside China where the disease originated. 

“The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus will potentially impact import numbers after December 2019,” Fonterra said in a statement. It plans to give an update on the impact of the epidemic when it releases its interim results next month. 

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