OceanX Network Update on Covid-19 Outbreak - March 30 2020
So far still one of the best overviews has been compiled by McKinsey, latest update April 13th:
Further, please find below updates from members on the situation in their markets.
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Keeping supply chains efficient during COVID 19- May 4
A third wave of blank sailings has been announced recently by the 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE alliances. The current capacity reduction, in particular on the Far East-Europe trade, varies between 20% and 37%, depending on the alliance. Apart from blank sailings, lockdowns have also had an impact on the trades to and from South Africa and India/Pakistan, showing that the pandemic has a wider impact than just the main east-west trades. Recorded sailings, blanked as a result of the corona virus pandemic, now stand at 456, of which 342 were on the main deepsea trade lanes.
The effects of blank sailings and lockdowns has a delayed impact on European export (backhaul) business of around 5 weeks and have therefore been relatively limited in April. However, more serious impacts on the supply chain are expected in the coming months. Due to blank sailings, maritime logistics supply chains are becoming more and more unreliable. Accordingly, current blank sailings resulting from this are harmful to European logistics and shippers, because it reduces supply chain efficiency and parameters such as capacity, sailing frequency, transit times, ports of call and associated service quality.
The question remains whether this could have been avoided and what has caused this disruption. There is no denial that volumes have decreased. However, the higher economies of scale associated with mega-ships mean that fewer ships can operate in a market of a given size. There is a strong feeling among freight forwarders that market consolidation and the introduction of ultra large vessels is particularly disruptive to supply chains in today’s crisis.
In view of business, shops and manufacturing being closed, freight forwarders, terminal operators and carriers are seeking storage in warehouses, depots at the terminal and in the hinterland. CLECAT has continued to call on carriers and terminals to exercise restraint in their demurrage and detention charging practices.
U.S.A. temporarily bans export of Medical Equipment
Sum up of the latest restrictions for the export from USA of personal protective equipment (PPE) issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the FEMA new temporary rules published on April 10, 2020.
Following the Presidential Memorandum to ensure that scares or threatened Health and medical resources remain in the U.S.A., the FEMA set up a new temporary rule restricting exportations of personal protective equipment (PPE).
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Memorandum, the rules will be for all the shipments containing more than 10.000 units of gloves, masks, or other commodities referenced at the end of this note, or of a total value of more 2,500 USD.
In addition, CBP notes that the following exports will be “excluded” from FEMA review:
- Exports to Canada or Mexico
- Exports by U.S. government entities such as U.S. agencies and military bases overseas
- Exports by U.S. charities
- Exports by critical infrastructure industries for the protection of their workers
- Exports by 3M Company
- Express or Mail Parcels that do not meet the commercial quantity definition above
- In-transit shipments
Scarce or threatened PPE is defined as:
- N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators, including devices that are disposable half-face-piece non-powered air-purifying particulate respirators intended for use to cover the nose and mouth of the wearer to help reduce wearer exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates
- Other Filtering Facepiece Respirators (e.g., those designated as N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, or P95, P99, P100), including single-use, disposable half-mask respiratory protective devices that cover the user’s airway (nose and mouth) and offer protection from particulate materials at an N95 filtration efficiency level per 42 CFR 84.181
- Elastomeric, air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulate filters/cartridges
- PPE surgical masks, including masks that cover the user’s nose and mouth and provide a physical barrier to fluids and particulate materials
- PPE gloves or surgical gloves, including those defined at 21 CFR 880.6250 (exam gloves) and 878.4460 (surgical gloves) and such gloves intended for the same purposes
Please find HERE updated Memorandum regarding the export of PPE
If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact our U.S.A. team
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Import of medical equipment temporarily exempt from import duties and VAT
The measure applies to masks, protective equipment, test kits, and other medical equipment, among others.
The decision applies for a period of 6 months and with retroactive effect from January 30, 2020. After this, there is the possibility of further extension.
In this way, the European Commission wants to make the goods more accessible now that they are so urgently needed to fight the Corona (COVID-19) virus.
Source: European Commission
Corona Virus Update - April 9 2020
Severe disruption of global supply chains
As a result of the Covid-19 virus and its impact on the global population, there is currently also a severe disruption of the global supply chains.
In most countries worldwide, priority is given to the transportation of food and medical devices in the fight against the corona virus.
As a result, measures have also been introduced by Europe, to grant an exemption from import duties and VAT on goods imported in the fight against Covid-19.
More information can be found in our previous news item.
Lockdown rules are different in each involved country
In countries that are in lockdown, there are different rules per country.
We recommend you to stay in close contact with your buyer, to see if he can receive the cargo you intend to ship.
For example, in South Africa, the truckers have to make an appointment to collect or deliver the cargo at the terminals.
The (un)loading of container ships in ports is sometimes delayed
In fear of contaminations of the crew on some container ships, they are not allowed to (un)load their cargo directly in the ports. As a result, the (un)loading of the cargo is sometimes delayed.
Railway Report from China to Europe is rising
Train traffic from China to Europe is slowly rising again. This after activities are being resumed in China.
Europe and Logistic digitalization
In addition to encouraging the use of digital transport letters such as E-CMR, Europe has now set up temporary measures so that official health certificates also can be presented digitally for reviewing.
Please note that during the coming Easter weekend, the ports will also be closed;
this applies to Germany and the UK on Friday due to Good Friday and also among others to Belgium, the Netherlands, and France on Easter Monday.
Although most of our employees are working from home, our business is up and running.
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you!
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Coronavirus Impact : Disturbances on transport - April 9 2020
IMPACTS NOTICED PER BANSARD COUNTRY
Globally for all Air freight operations, from/to each Bansard countries, the airlines are canceling or reducing their flights from/to China, Europe, and the USA, thus having a substantial impact on the air freight and available capacity. Nevertheless, for almost all the countries, the cargo planes (freighters) are still ongoing and allowed to travel between countries as usual. Regarding the impacts on sea freight, road or other logistics activities are subject to local government decisions, see following our observation per country:
- BANSARD FRANCE
Bansard offices: employees are either physically present or teleworking with all the technical arrangements for remote management. The teams can be reached on their usual lines and by email.
The various office and associated teams are organized to best meet your requests and ensure continuity of services. Regarding the freight, all cargo can be move as usual.
Also read: Customs info – how to import your sanitary equipment into France?
- BANSARD AUSTRALIA
Bansard-Cargoline offices: all staff (apart from warehouse staff) have the ability to work from home or remotely.
All transport, logistics and customs operations remain as usual
- BANSARD BANGLADESH
Bansard offices: all staff work from home, warehouses are open as usual.
Seaport & airport operations are still going on but at any time full operations may be closed due to the current situation of Covid-19. The business remains as usual with no impact so far, except for import shipment from China, which needs to do a 14 days quarantine at Chittagong port from the departure date. As the number is increasing, the Government of Bangladesh extended the present lockdown period until 14th April.
- BANSARD BELGIUM/NETHERLANDS
Bansard office: working from home.
Sea freight operations are working well. The ports of Antwerp, Dunkerque, Zeebrugge, and Rotterdam are fully operational. There is not many staff available from customs and port operators, so some delays may occur. In addition, capacity is limited mainly in the Middle East and China/Asia.
- BANSARD CAMBODIA
Bansard offices: working from home.
Overall Cambodia situation is in control. Sea freight operations are working well despite the decrease in demands. The government has also postponed the Khmer New Year to another appropriate time, not communicated yet. As a result, 13-16 April will be normal working days.
- BANSARD INDIA
Despite the country lockdown, customs had been instructed to keep themselves open on round the clock basis till 30th June to facilitate import/export trade. However, the rest of the support mechanisms like CFS operation, trucking, custom broking, may not be able to work as usual. A check case-by-case will be needed according to the port of entries or loading.
- BANSARD ISRAEL
Bansard offices: staff split between home-office and bansard-office with a limitation of 8 people maximum per office.
Cargo can be move as usual. Ashdod and Haifa ports are opened. Nevertheless, shipping lines have implemented a PSS at export to the Far East routes.
- BANSARD LATAM REGIONAL OFFICE
With the exception of Mexico, where the office still operates, as usual, all our partners are operating. Passenger flights are limited to almost 100%. Cargo flights operate as usual. With the exception of Mexico, all countries have blocked their borders.
- BANSARD MOROCCO
Bansard offices: for safety, 50% of the team is working at home, 50% are at work.
All international passager travel has been suspended. Nevertheless, this provision does not apply to ships transporting road units exclusively with their staff with a maximum of 2 drivers, unhooked trailers are authorized to embark. Except for food and medical importers, most of the importers in Morocco decided to delay or cancel their import until further notice. DHL and Sunday cargo flights with TK are the only Airfreight companies that are still working.
- BANSARD PAKISTAN
Pakistan is in its 4th week of lockdown, more and more factories are opening gradually. Air freight continues to be operative with limited freighters on extremely high air freight rates. Sea freight has finally seen some sign of slowing down due to 21 days lockdown in India.
As most of the direct vessels calling into Pakistan come via India, several services were called off this week in Pakistan as well, and more are expected during the next few days.
- BANSARD SPAIN
Bansard offices: home-office
Effective from March 30 to April 9, the Spanish government implements further restrictions on movement within the country. The new measures prohibit all employees in non-essential sectors from reporting to work.
Essential services will continue, thus including transportation and warehousing among others. However, provision of some of these services – including transportation will be very limited especially in Air Freight. The nationwide State of Alarm will continue through April 11 but will probably be extended as the situation is not getting better in Spain.
- BANSARD SINGAPORE
Bansard offices: staff split between home-office and bansard-office (10:00-17:00)
Operations are still working nevertheless the sea freight operations are slower than usual due to carriers and haulers who work remotely.
- BANSARD TUNISIA:
Bansard offices: considering home-office this week
Sea Freight operations FCL and LCL and trucking to Spain, France, and Germany are working as usual,
- BANSARD USA
Bansard offices: offices and warehouses are working as usual. No visitors allowed
The USA is now the #1 spot in the world with confirmed Covid-19 cases. Many states and counties within states make independent decisions, most often have “shelter-at-home” declarations out that urge residents to stay at home, with a curfew established. Bansard-Anker USA, as a necessary business remains fully operational and can manage all necessary import and export operations form the USA.
From now all the seaport and airports are operational, as well as warehousing and e-commerce operations. The air freight capacity remains the strongest impacted. We also do not any impact on customs brokerage operations.
- BANSARD VIETNAM
Bansard offices: offices and warehouses are working as usual
The local authorities have suspended all international flights to Vietnam. Sea freight and Warehouses are operating as usual. However, one of carrier Maersk Line has approved their staff to work from home. The border with Cambodia has also been completely closed.
FOCUS ON BANSARD CHINA :
Bansard offices: offices and warehouses are working as usual
TRANSPORT IMPACTS IN CHINA – KEY ELEMENTS
APR 09, 02:00 GMT
|AIR FREIGHT||All airports are operational for commercial flights (only domestic flights from Wuhan). Capacity is lower than the normal due to the cancellations and the high demand.|
|SEA FREIGHT||All major Ports and terminals are open. Due to the severe repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, vessel schedules are strongly impacted as we foresee a significant of blank sailings in April, provoking space issues for both NEUR and WMED lanes, which is expected to be soft earlier. Barge services are back to normal|
|RAIL||Railway service has recovered from Xi’an, Hefei, Xiamen, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Yiwu and Wuhan|
|LOGISTICS||Warehouses are fully operational, the situation is back to normal.|
|ROAD||Inland trucking service is back to normal. Except not wholly in Hubei, the pick up in Wuhan is also possible but need to check case by case, the service remains overall workable.|
|China EXPORT||Working as usual. From now, no specific measure has been put in place in the EU for shipments imported from China|
|China IMPORT||The import process is now back to normal|
For extra resources, our Chinese team collects you:
- Ongoing flights schedule from China to France
- Blank sailing schedule from China to WMED and NEUR
- Latest updated Silk road Rail schedule
- Pre-Carriage situation for inland transportation in China
For more information, do not hesitate to contact our local team at email@example.com
Corona Virus and the Consequences for the logistics sector- March 27 2020
We are trying to update you regularly on the developments surrounding the Corona (COVID-19) virus outbreak and the consequences for the logistics sector.
However, we realize that this news is subject to change and today’s news may be different tomorrow.
For now, we will share news and developments, which are currently important in our logistics sector.
The Indian government has closed the country because of the Corona crisis. The measure came into force on March 25th and will last for 21 days, though this period is likely to be extended.
In addition to India, a full lockdown has also been announced in several other countries, including Canada, South Africa and more than half of the United States. We expect more countries to follow suit.
We are currently investigating the consequences for the logistics sector and recommend that you check with your consignee first, whether or not they can receive goods.
Waiting times at EU borders
There is also a complete lockdown in a large number of European countries. European road transports can be delayed because of long waiting times at the border.
The port of Antwerp is operational 24/7
Despite the far-reaching social impact of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the port of Antwerp will remain 100 % operational 24/7.
Import from China and blank sailings
The Corona measures in China are gradually being phased out and production has started again. Partly due to declining demand for certain articles, the expected rate increases have not materialized and the pressure on vessel capacity is not as great as anticipated. Most booked shipments are back on schedule and space is also reasonably available at the moment.
However, European consumer demand for goods has decreased to such an extent, that this will have consequences for sailings in the coming weeks. Carriers are responding to this immediately by already announcing blank sailings.
Sea freight exports
At present, for exports to almost all sailing areas, space and equipment are still scarce. This has resulted in an increase in the rates.
We expect this will change from the end of April. Belgian production has decreased considerably, as a result of which exports will decline.
The blank sailings announced for import will also affect the number of sailings for export, in a few week’s time.
The lockdown in various countries will undoubtedly affect airfreight. At the moment it is difficult to estimate exactly what it will mean, also because the countries themselves are constantly changing the rules. Therefore, we recommend that you keep in close contact with our airfreight department if you want to schedule a shipment to one of the countries concerned.
For the time being, it is still possible to fly to and from most destinations.
Shipments to the USA now only go by cargo-carrier, at higher rates than before. Airfreight from China is currently booming, resulting in high rates.
Effect on rates
The current market conditions are creating sudden and unforeseen rate changes.
Our rate and service proposals are made, based on capacity conditions at the time of the inquiry.
All offers must be re-confirmed with Embassy Freight Services Europea NV at the time of booking to be valid.
Thank you for your understanding.
Although most of our employees are working from home and can be reached by e-mail and phone on a normal basis, our business is up and running.
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you!
Jeena&Company Update COVID 19- March 24 2020
SHOT News Update COVID 19- March 27 2020
Dear Customers, Dear Business Partners,
within a very short time frame, SHOT LOGISTICS reacted to the new global challenge and took proactive and smart measures, which are demanded by the unexpected events of Covid-19 to keep offering our customers, and partners the service they can truly rely on and which they expect from their SHOT service provider: Superior Handling Optimal Transport.
This was only possible, because SHOT LOGISTICS acted as a team “1Team” and all employees immediately supported and helped each other. That is why it was possible for us to instantly set up and implement a contingency plan in order to keep serving our valuable customers and partners, showing the true strength of SHOT – we still design everything to make your life easier even in times of Covid-19!
The team of SHOT LOGISTICS implemented and adapted work processes according to the unpredictable global Covid-19 outbreak in order to continue to offer you a trouble-free service:
- All commercial employees work remotely from home.
- All employees of SHOT LOGISTICS are available for our customers and partners by phone or e-mail.
- Daily appointed jour fixe conference and video calls with all responsible Department Managers of our seafreight/ airfreight/ trucking and our warehouse are taking place every morning and afternoon. This is to ensure accurate and complete coordination within all modes of transport. Thus enabling us to make important decisions in realtime and react immediately to new, upcoming situations.
- A SHOT Remote-Guideline has been created to support our employees in making their “Home office”- day as productive and positive as possible, including:
– Remote Guidelines for optimal working and productive daily planning = to-do list
– Links and Apps of home sports activities for a healthy balance
– Tips and tricks to organize remote working as stress-free as possible for our employees with kids at home
- a company chat group has been established to speed up the exchange of information within the team.
- Among other steps, we have optimized our operation by creating an “online original B/L transmission” for our seafreight shipments that saves significant time for all parties.
- We are in constant contact either by phone or e-mail with our partners, representing all modes of transports in order to act and react immediately should there be any changing circumstances as in many areas the market has turned into a spot / ad hoc market and therefore quick decisions are even more crucial these days.
- our warehouse processes are optimally adapted to the current situation and the resulting changes in capacity We act on site in accordance with the current situation, always respecting the specified hygiene and safety regulations of the government and local authorities to enable us to reach our prioritized object: Keep partners, customers and employees healthy and safe while still offering you the optimum SHOT-service You are used to!
Warm and healthy regards from your 1Team!
COVID 19 - Logistic Solutions - March 20 2020
Taking into account the new national and international developments related to the Pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19, the state of national emergency in which we find ourselves, and the various questions we receive daily, we inform the following:
Imports of Health Products or Medical Devices
Our import and customs teams, are fully available to support you in this type of imports, designing the fastest solutions that will allow the timely arrival of the goods in Portugal.
Please consult our commercial services firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storage & Warehousing
With the closure of the production units, the goods in the terminal, could become a nightmare with the costs applied by the shipping companies and the terminals.
We have available for you warehousing solutions with bonded and non bonded areas in Oporto and Lisbon..
Please consult our logistics services: email@example.com.
Ambercor and COVID19 UPDATE - March 16 2020
Together, we are facing a very exceptional situation. The global COVID19 pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. During this time, we wanted to reach out to all our customers and partners to update you on how we’re approaching the situation at Ambercor Shipping.
First and most important, our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus around the globe. Our thoughts go out to especially those who are sick, to whom we extend our deepest wishes for a full recovery. And we’re truly inspired by the selfless workers in all affected fields around the world who are on the front line working diligently to care for everyone.
Second, Ambercor shipping is focused on the health and safety of our employees, families and all partners.
Ambercor was founded as a paperless company from the very beginning and we are proud to be leading in this field. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that starting March 16th all our employees are working from home. This is to ensure all our employees remain safe and healthy as well as to follow the guidelines provided by Canada Health to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep our communities safe. This shift has been very smooth, and we continue to deliver the highest levels of performance, availability, and security.
Lastly, even as we deal with this unprecedented spread of the COVID 19 virus, our team at Ambercor Shipping remains fully focused on your daily business requirements and the challenges that lay ahead of us. Ambercor Shipping was established to handle moments like this.
As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value all questions, ideas and feedback.
John Good Logistics, United Kingdom - March 27 2020
Please find John Good Logistics latest Update on the situation here:
Van der Helm, Netherlands - April 1 2020
Dear Van Der Helm agents & Ocean-X network partners,
As COVID-19 continues to spread over the world, all countries take severe measures to try and control the spread of this virus.
The Dutch government has implemented explicit rules ordering people to keep social and physical distance and to “stay home”.
Several companies were closed but all strategic business’ continue their operations based on strict guidance for employees’ safety.
Transport & Logistics are strategic activities and therefor Van Der HelmLogistics continues all services to its customers and agents.
The majority of our staff is working well protected in our offices and warehouses, some others are working on-line from their homes.
We are fully operational and continue business ‘as usual’.. however all understrict conditions as implemented by authorities.
Please find below our key contacts for any request you may have:
|Mr. E.C. Jansen (Ed)||General Manager Operations||E.Jansen@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5640||+31 6 51202069|
|Mr. K.L.M. Dächer (Marco)||Sales & Marketing Manager||M.Dacher@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5622||+31 6 53172935|
|Mr. A.G. de Jong (Ab)||Manager Network & Agents||A.de.Jong@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5643||+31 6 81716757|
|Mr. J.C. Peters (Jan)||Inside Sales||J.Peters@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5662||+31 6 13644000|
|Mrs. C. Muis (Carmen)||Inside Sales||C.Muis@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5621||+31 6 42720612|
|Mrs. G. Wu (Gabrielle)||Inside Sales||G.Wu@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5626||+31 6 29206306|
|Mrs. N. Janssen (Natazja)||Purchase management||N.Janssen@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5642||+31 6 51400385|
|Mr. R. van der Giessen (Rinus)||Manager Forwarding||R.van.der.Giessen@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5659||+31 6 10909138|
|Mr. T. Trosemito (Tony)||Export Operations (ALL)||T.Trosemito@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5672||+31 6 48155163|
|Mrs. L. Vliegenthart (Lisa)||Export Operations (LCL)||L.Vliegenthart@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5660||+31 6 13694311|
|Mrs. N. van Eekeren (Nathalie)||Import Operations (ALL)||N.van.Eekeren@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5632||+31 6 11182532|
|Mrs. I. Schoordijk (Ingrid)||Import Operations (LCL)||I.Schoordijk@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5670|
|Mrs. R. de Jong ( Roeli)||Teamleader Customs||R.de.Jong@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5644||+31 6 53266598|
|Mr. K. Lui (Ka Shing)||E-Commerce customs||K.Lui@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5654|
|Mr. E.J. Mulder (Erik-Jan)||Accounting Dept.||E.Mulder@vdhelm.com||+31 10 299 5657||+31 6 38527385|
We are ready to assist you with any service to/fm/in the Netherlands.
Stay safe, healthy and positive.. 😊