Survey respondents said inventories had been stocked up in preparation for the Chinese New Year, which allays immediate concerns, but stocks have to be monitored in March and April.
Sri Lanka Central Bank said that suppliersâ€™ delivery time was going up especially in the wearing apparel sector and the import orders for materials from China have delayed â€˜indefinitelyâ€™.
Sixty-five percent of the surveyed businesses had cancelled their business trips in the Asian region making it a key concern, the chamber said.
Despite the uncertainty, there is also an opportunity for countries like Sri Lanka to benefit with trade and supply chain realignment, CCC said.
Tourism is one of the major industries affected, as 7 percent of Sri Lankaâ€™s tourist arrivals were from China in 2019.
State tourism officials have said Sri Lanka would experience a steep fall in Chinese tourist arrivals in February as full impact would factor in.
Overall tourist arrivals dropped 7.4 percent in January 2020, from a year earlier to 226,094.
Tourist arrivals from China to Sri Lanka have dropped about 40 percent from January 23 as both countries tightened travel requirements in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said.
Sri Lanka recorded just one COVID 19 case, a Chinese tourist, who was released from hospital after recovering last week. (Colombo/Feb21/2020)