Risk management company Resilinc said around 900 industrial sites it monitors could be affected by the disaster. The quake damaged railway lines, roads, airports and ports, disrupting logistics and trade in commodities including steel, chemicals and plastics.
The value of the damage is likely to exceed $2bn and could reach as high as $4bn, data analytics provider The Smart Cube said. It expected the earthquake to have a “medium-term” impact on global logistics.
Resilinc said industries impacted included textiles, automotive, high-tech, general manufacturing, consumer goods, oil and gas, as well as industrial chemicals.