CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
March 13th , 2020
As the COVID-19 situation in China begins to stabilise, the effects of the virus on public health and the economy are increasingly being felt by other countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
As a global company that is active in numerous communities around the world, our thoughts are with our colleagues, customers and suppliers who are working tirelessly to overcome the unique challenges brought on by this exceptional situation.
We are monitoring every new development and adapting our response on a daily basis. Our focus is on protecting the health and safety of our employees and ensuring our customers’ operations continue as smoothly as possible during this difficult period. We continuously provide our colleagues in sales and operations with in-depth information so that they can support our customers with the most up-to-date and relevant advice.
The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority. All Seafrigo offices have implemented actions according to recommendations from the World Health Organization, including hygiene awareness, self-declarations and voluntary quarantine.
US TRAVEL BAN ON ROUTES FROM THE EUROPE TO US
In the evening of March 11 (local time Washington) President Trump announced a range of executive actions addressing the spread of Coronavirus. One of these measures restricts the travel between Europe and the US for the next thirty days. For more information goto this link below:
GENERAL SITUATION IN EUROPE
Currently all of our European sites and offices continue to operate at full capacity. All business units (sea, air, overland, warehousing and distribution) continue to operate their services without interruption.
In light of the speed at which the situation develops globally, we will provide further updates as required on this page.
IMPACT ON TRANSPORT MODES
While terminal and depot operations in China are gradually returning to normal, terminals are still reporting high to full yard density and congestion. The availability of reefer plugs at terminals is still very limited. Ports are gradually clearing their cargo backlog. As carriers still see a decline in demand for shipments from China, they continue to announce blank sailings, which will probably continue until the end of March.
Despite several blank sailings, the sea logistics business in Europe is only slightly affected. The suspended services from Asia have caused an equipment imbalance, with high demand for exports from Europe not meeting the supply of import equipment.
With President Trump’s proclamation of March 11th, Air cargo will soon be affected as airlines begin the process to decrease more flights. This decrease of flights will naturally impact cargo importing and exporting into the US market.
This is something to keep an eye on as well. There are already a wave of layoffs in the port of Los Angeles which began this week. See MSN article below:
Continue to monitor our website for any updates on the situation. Regarding your cargo, keep in touch with your local Seafrigo representatives for a real time update on shipment status. Thanks for your patience as response time could be slower than normal during this time period.