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Supply Chain Updates – Customer Advisory

3 Mars 2022

 

SITUATION EN UKRAINE/RUSSIE – CONSEQUENCE SUR LA SUPPLY CHAIN

 

Les événements en Ukraine continuent d’affecter les chaînes d'approvisionnement mondiales et notamment les services qui impliquent la Russie.

  • Compte tenu de la situation, GEODIS interrompt ses services à destination et en provenance de la Russie, ainsi que de la Biélorussie.
  • GEODIS n'acceptera pas de nouvelles réservations pour le service ferroviaire entre l’Asie et l’Europe jusqu'à nouvel ordre.
  • Les services de transport routier de GEODIS vers et depuis l'Ukraine sont suspendus.

Nos équipes se rapprocheront des clients dont les expéditions sont en cours vers ces destinations ou qui traversent les zones touchées, pour évaluer de possibles solutions alternatives de transport dans le strict respect des dispositions réglementaires internationales et sanctions en vigueur.

Fret maritime : Plusieurs grands transporteurs maritimes ont annoncé la suspension totale ou partielle de leurs services au départ et à destination de la Russie. Dans la plupart des cas, aucune nouvelle réservation n’est acceptée. Pour les expéditions actuellement en transit vers la Russie (et la plus grande partie de l'Ukraine), les compagnies maritimes réacheminent les marchandises vers d'autres lieux. Ce réacheminement s’applique également aux principaux ports ukrainiens. A cet égard, Odessa, Pivdennyi, Mylolaiv et Chornomorsk restent bloqués, et il en va de même pour les ports situés dans la mer d'Azov.

Fret aérien : Outre le blocage déjà annoncé de l'espace aérien en Russie et en Europe, les Etats-Unis ont interdit hier, avec effet immédiat, aux compagnies aériennes russes de survoler leur espace aérien.

Le service AirDirect de GEODIS entre la Chine et l'Europe est en train d’être renforcé de trois rotations supplémentaires de l’avion-cargo 747, pour transporter du fret dans les deux sens. Pour toute demande, veuillez vous rapprocher de votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche.

Nous continuons de publier des mises à jour sur notre site Web et d’envoyer les communications pertinentes directement aux clients concernés dans les meilleurs délais. Entre-temps, pour toute question ou préoccupation n'hésitez pas à contacter votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche.

 

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1 Mars 2022

 

SITUATION EN UKRAINE/RUSSIE - IMPACT SUR LA CHAÎNE D'APPROVISIONNEMENT

 

Alors que les événements en Ukraine s'intensifient, les chaînes d'approvisionnement impliquant les États concernés sont de plus en plus touchées. GEODIS suit avec vigilance l’évolution de la situation et nos équipes évaluent continuellement son développement pour pouvoir fournir le cas échéant des solutions aux clients concernés, ceci, dans le strict respect des dernières dispositions réglementaires et sanctions applicables.
GEODIS a suspendu toute activité impliquant les régions de Crimée/Sébastopol, Donetsk et Lougansk.

Les services à destination et en provenance d'autres régions d'Ukraine ainsi que les services vers, depuis ou transitant par la Russie et la Biélorussie sont traités uniquement au cas par cas. GEODIS ne s'engage ni sur des délais ni sur des tarifs fixes pour toute réservation de transport concernant ces territoires, en raison de l'imprévisibilité de la situation et du risque élevé de retards voire de suspension totale du service.

  • Transport maritime : plusieurs transporteurs maritimes ont suspendu leurs services pour les expéditions vers/depuis les principaux ports ukrainiens, et ils réacheminent les cargaisons vers d'autres lieux étant donné que les ports ukrainiens d'Odessa, Pivdennyi, Mylolaiv et Chornomorsk sont bloqués, tout comme les ports situés dans la mer de Azov.

  • Fret aérien : Le blocage de l'espace aérien russe a été étendu hier à 34 compagnies aériennes par le gouvernement russe, en réaction à la fermeture de l'espace aérien européen pour les compagnies aériennes russes, ce qui ajoute une nouvelle pénurie de capacité et des changements supplémentaires d'horaires de vol.

    Notre service GEODIS AirDirect entre la Chine et l'Europe fonctionne en contournant l'espace aérien bloqué. En raison du caractère évolutif de la situation, les rotations de vols et les tarifs disponibles sont sujets à de fréquents changements. Pour toute demande, veuillez vous rapprocher de votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche.

  • Fret ferroviaire : Même si les opérateurs de fret ferroviaire pour les échanges entre l’Asie et l’Europe confirment que leur service ferroviaire via la Russie est opérationnel, GEODIS recommande de ne pas réserver d'expéditions ferroviaires entre l'Asie et l'Europe en l'état actuel de la situation. Nos équipes accompagneront nos clients dans la recherche de solutions alternatives de transport.

  • Les itinéraires de transport routier contournent les régions touchées de l'Ukraine et les territoires adjacents affectés par les événements. Des retards ou des suspensions de service sont également susceptibles de se produire.



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Nous continuerons à fournir des mises à jour sur notre site internet et directement aux clients concernés, dans la mesure du possible. Dans l’intervalle, n'hésitez pas à contacter votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche en cas de questions ou de préoccupations.

 

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28 Février 2022

 

SITUATION EN UKRAINE/RUSSIE - IMPACT SUR LA CHAÎNE D'APPROVISIONNEMENT

 

Alors que la situation en Ukraine continue d'évoluer, GEODIS surveille attentivement les changements et nos équipes évaluent en permanence les options d'expédition disponibles pour nos clients.

  • Les services à destination et en provenance de la Biélorussie, de la Russie et de l'Ukraine sont traités uniquement au cas par cas. En raison de l'évolution des circonstances, GEODIS n'est pas en mesure de s'engager sur des délais ou des tarifs fixes pour toute réservation à destination, en provenance ou transitant par cette région. Veuillez noter que la situation actuelle entraîne un risque de retard ou même de suspension complète du service.
  • La suspension par GEODIS de toute activité impliquant les régions de Crimée/Sébastopol, Donetsk et Lougansk reste en vigueur.
     
  • Suite à une décision de la Commission Européenne, les compagnies aériennes russes sont interdites d'accès à l'espace aérien de l'Union Européenne depuis ce matin, y compris la société Air Bridge Cargo opérée par la Russie. La suspension des droits de survol de la Russie et de l'Ukraine impacte les flux de fret aérien de façon générale. En conséquence, les flux entre la Chine et l'Europe sont particulièrement affectés car de nombreuses compagnies aériennes ont annoncé des suspensions de vols, des annulations ou des limitations de capacité ; ces compagnies aériennes comprennent entre autres Air France, KLM et Lufthansa.
     
  • Cependant, notre service de fret aérien GEODIS AirDirect entre la Chine et l'Europe fonctionne. Notre plan de vol évite l'Ukraine, la Russie, la Biélorussie et certaines parties de la Moldavie, mais en raison de l'évolution de la situation, l'horaire des vols est sujet à d'éventuels changements fréquents. Pour toute demande, veuillez contacter votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche.
     
  • Les voies de transport terrestres contournent l'Ukraine et les territoires adjacents touchés par les événements récents. Bien que des itinéraires alternatifs soient disponibles, des retards ou même des suspensions sont également susceptibles de se produire.
     
  • Le transport ferroviaire de marchandises de l'Asie vers l'Europe est toujours opéré via le territoire russe. Bien que les exploitants ferroviaires confirment que leurs services sont maintenus, il existe un risque accru de retards ou de suspensions de service compte tenu de l'évolution de la situation. Nous vous recommandons de ne pas réserver d'expéditions ferroviaires entre l'Asie et l'Europe dans l'état actuel des événements. Nos équipes GEODIS accompagneront nos clients dans la recherche de solutions alternatives de transport.
     
  • La plupart des transporteurs maritimes actifs dans la région continuent de transporter des marchandises à destination et en provenance de l'Ukraine, mais principalement vers des ports situés dans des zones moins touchées et avec une activité moindre, ce qui ajoute encore à la rareté des capacités.

Nous continuerons à fournir des mises à jour sur notre site internet et directement aux clients concernés, dans la mesure du possible. Dans l’intervalle, n'hésitez pas à contacter votre représentant GEODIS le plus proche en cas de questions ou de préoccupations.

 

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25 February 2022

 

UKRAINE/RUSSIA SITUATION - SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACT 

 

The events in Ukraine are prompting further disruptions and restrictions to the transport sector in the Region, also due to tightened sanctions imposed on Russia.

  • The airspace of Ukraine, Moldavia and parts of Belarus remains closed. In a reaction to the announcement of the British government to ban Russian airlines from entering the UK, Russia has announced to prevent UK airlines from entering Russian airspace this morning. Further airspace closures or airline specific restrictions are anticipated, leading to possible delays for re-routed flights and an increased risk of further net capacity reductions which might prompt rate increases as well.
     
  • The GEODIS AirDirect Freighter service is operating, in avoidance of the above mentioned airspaces.
     
  • GEODIS has suspended any business involving the regions of Crimea/Sevastopol, Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) regions.
     
  • Road overland transports are avoiding Ukraine and adjacent territories affected by the recent events. While alternative routes are available, delays are likely to occur as well.
  • Rail freight transportation from Asia to Europe is currently operated via Russian territory only. While operators confirm that services are maintained, there is an increased risk of delays or even service suspensions given the evolving situation in Ukraine and the related sanctions imposed on Russia. Our GEODIS Teams will be supporting customers to identify alternative transport solutions if and when required.
  • Ocean transports into/out of Ukraine, specifically Odessa, are being suspended by different carriers, and re-routings via Romania, Lebanon, Greece and other locations have been announced, which is leading to corresponding delays. Several carriers have also announced to avoid affected areas of the Black Sea in general.
     
  • The imposed and evolving sanctions against Russia are causing delays in the reviews of specific exports prior to pick up. The European Council is publishing their information about sanctions imposed by the Europe Union here.

Our teams keep monitoring the situation carefully to assess potential impacts on our clients’ supply chains. For identified shipments affected by the situation, your GEODIS representative will be reaching out directly, to propose alternative solutions as soon and as far as possible.

We continue to provide relevant updates on our website and also directly to affected customers in a timely fashion. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest GEODIS representative in case of questions or concerns.

 

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24 February 2022

 

UKRAINE/RUSSIA SITUATION - SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACT

Following the recent events between Russia and Ukraine,  we are monitoring the situation carefully to address potential impacts our on clients’ supply chains. For any identified shipment of our customers affected by the situation in Ukraine (or through imposed sanctions), a GEODIS representative will be reaching out on a case-by-case basis, to propose alternative solutions as soon and as far as possible.

Please note:

  • Due to the closed airspace of Ukraine, Moldavia and parts of Belarus, we anticipate delays for re-routed flights and a net reduction of capacity
  • Concerning rail freight transportation from Asia to Europe, alternative routes avoiding Ukraine are available and operative for the moment. Nevertheless, delays and capacity shortage are likely to occur.  
  • Road overland transports might be affected as far as they were planned to enter or transit the affected region. While alternative routes are available, delays are likely to occur as well.
  • Furthermore the evolving sanctions against Russia could generate delays in the reviews of specific exports prior to pick up.

Please be aware that, In view of the situation, GEODIS is suspending any business involving the regions of Crimea/Sevastopol, Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) regions, with immediate effect.

While the situation continues to evolve, we will provide relevant updates on our website and directly to affected customers in a timely fashion. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest GEODIS representative in case of questions or concerns.

 

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23 February 2022

 

HONG KONG’S CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING SHORTAGE CAUSED LOGISTICS DISRUPTIONS


Following the fifth wave of a severe outbreak in Hong Kong, China Customs Authorities tightened the policies for cross-border trucks between Hong Kong & Guangdong province in China. This results in a serious shortage of trucking capacity in the market and delays of cargos.

The remaining trucking capacities are largely used for food transportation between Mainland China and Hong Kong.

GEODIS is doing its utmost to maintain excellent services and help the customers to minimize damages from this disruption. Therefore, an alternative solution is established to enable the transport of cargo from Mainland China to Hong Kong using a ferry service. Below please find the detail.

Airfreight Cargo:

Routing: The pickup service is available from Shenzhen & Guangzhou to Zhongshan port. The cargo is loaded into sea freight containers and transported to Hong Kong’s airfreight warehouse.

Service scope: The service is applicable for general cargo only, which can be loaded into a 20’ containers.

Feeder schedule: Daily (MON-SAT) from Zhongshan to Hong Kong, departing nighttime.

Leadtime: Takes 3-4 days from Zhongshan port to GEODIS warehouse in Hong Kong.

Day 0 -1: Place booking, Cargo pickup from Shenzhen

Day 2: Feeder departure

Day 3: Cargo arrives to Hong Kong Airport AFFC GEODIS warehouse

Customs declaration: General customs process and documents, export filing at feeder port is required

Pricing: For exact rates, please contact GEODIS' Air Freight Team in the region at: [email protected]


Ocean Cargo:

Routing: Cargo can be delivered to GEODIS’ Shenzhen or Guangzhou warehouse, or trucking pickup can be arranged to Guangzhou/Shenzhou port. The LCL cargo is loaded into sea freight containers and transported to GEODIS Hong Kong Sea Freight Warehouse. Container pick up and feeder service are also available.

Service Scope: The service is applicable for general cargo only, for 40’ container.

Feeder schedule: Wednesday from Guangzhou/Shenzhen to Hong Kong

Leadtime: Takes 3-4 days from Guangzhou/Shenzhou port to Hong Kong GEODIS warehouse

Day 0-1: Place booking, Cargo pickup from Shenzhen

Day 2: Feeder departure

Day 3: Cargo arrive to Hong Kong GEODIS warehouse

Customs declaration: General customs process and documents, export filing at feeder port is required.

Pricing: For exact rates please contact the Ocean Pricing team in Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou at: [email protected]

 

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4 February 2022

 

MAERSK VESSEL REFLOATED FROM GERMAN NORTH SEA ISLAND

 

A Maersk vessel has been successfully refloated in the early morning of Friday 4 February 2022 after being on ground on a shallow patch outside Bremerhaven, Germany on 2 February. The vessel was sailing from Asia and had its last stop in the port of Rotterdam. The vessel is again under the full control of its captain. 

GEODIS acted promptly to assess the situation and identified the relevant shipments that were impacted from this situation. If you have cargo onboard, if not already, please expect our representative to reach out to you shortly. We will keep you informed again once the updated of port of call schedule is confirmed.

Your supply chain is of our utmost concern. GEODIS is closely monitoring the situation and doing our utmost to mitigate potential risks for our clients. We will post updates as the situation evolves. This information will be available on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

 

Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.



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18 January 2022



SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACTS FOLLOWING NEW COVID CASES IN CHINA
 

On 17 January 2022, Mainland China reported more COVID-19 cases in Henan, in Tianjin, Shaanxi, Guangdong, and Beijing. Below are the recent developments and impacts on freight operations:
 

  • GEODIS staff in Tianjin have been informed to work from home until further notice following locally reported 312 COVID cases.
     
  • Trucks are currently allowed to leave Tianjin city at the checkpoints of expressways and ordinary highways. However, a longer lead time is expected for all pick-up and delivery out of Tianjin city due to stricter measures.
     
  • In Tianjin city, there is no available truck service for Tianjin rail cargo to / from Zhengzhou terminal. GEODIS Rail team is working with our partners on the domestic rail solution via Xi’ An terminal, and will keep our customers informed accordingly.
     
  • Due to the change in drivers at the border of Tianjin and Beijing for incoming trucks from Tianjin to Beijing, there will be an increase in the pick-up and delivery charges.
  • There are no available truck services for rail cargo delivery to / from Xi`An terminal. Our customers are advised to consider domestic train transportation services. There are delays expected due to a serious congestion at Xi`An terminal.
  • In Beijing, LCL truck service is still available between Beijing and Zhengzhou from now to before Lunar Chinese New Year. Please note that the last pickup date will be on 20th January 2022. There will be limited services available due to fewer resources during the Chinese New Year holiday.
  • In view of the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games that will be held in Beijing in February 2022, security measures have been further tightened resulting in the oversized goods being longer allowed at the airport warehouse and shall be diverted to other airports in Beijing, effective from 17th January 8:00 a.m. until 14th March 2022 8:00 a.m. local time.

 


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13 January 2022

 

LOGISTICS CHALLENGES FOLLOWING NEW COVID CASES IN CHINA


Below are key points developments and impacts on freight operations:
 

  • Currently, there are no disruptions to port operations in Tianjin. However, trucking services have been impacted due to traffic control measures that were put in place from Wednesday afternoon. Local truckers are also not allowed to leave the city. All vehicles entering from outside of Tianjin will be detained until further notice of the traffic control measures.
     
  • In Beijing, the strict control of the toll gate and the physical checks of the itinerary code and health code have caused congestions on multiple highways routed to Beijing. Longer lead time is expected for haulage to and from Beijing.
     
  • New cases were also reported in Zhengzhou and Xuchang. In Henan, the local governor has implemented traffic control measures, which has resulted in minor disruption in trucking services. To-date, no restriction measures have been announced for Zhengzhou Airport operations.
     


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10 January 2022

 

 CURRENT FREIGHT SITUATION AT NINGBO PORT, CHINA
 

The overall situation has improved and we would like to share the following updates:

  • Emergency response level of Beilun District has been adjusted from Level 1 to Level 2
     
  • Temporary management measures to close off certain areas of the Beilun District have also been lifted, with the exception of the control area which remains closed
     
  • Up to 90% of trucking resource and CFS service have resumed back to normal
     
  • Close to 15% of the drivers are still affected by lockdown restrictions within closed control areas
     
  • We are expecting a surge in cargo demand and container space in the coming weeks

 

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6 January 2022

 

POTENTIAL DISRUPTION AT NINGBO PORT, CHINA

LATEST UPDATE:

  • The Municipal Government of Ningbo is expediting on the management of whitelist to ensure minimal disruption to the logistics chain flow. As at this morning, approximately 8,500 container truck drivers have been whitelisted and given the green pass access. More drivers are expected to be added to the whitelist in the next few days.
     
  • We expect container haulage services to resume back to normal at the end of this week.
     

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5 January 2022
 

POTENTIAL DISRUPTION AT NINGBO PORT, CHINA

Following the recent confirmed COVID cases at Ningbo’s Zhenhai district, a new partial lockdown has been imposed in Ningbo with effect from Monday, 3rd January 2022, as reported by local media.

To minimise disruption in container services and ship operations within the port areas of Beilun, Ningbo Zhoushan Port, a “transportation green lane” from the high-way gates to the container terminals will be opened for container trucks only. This exceptional arrangement will be closely monitored under strict COVID prevention and control measures by the Port Authority. You may find out more details on the epidemic prevention and control measures by clicking HERE.

LATEST OPERATIONAL STATUS:

  • Out of 20,000 container trucks in Beilun, only 8,000 container trucks are licensed with a special pass to enter the port via the “transportation green lane”. As a result, please expect slight delays due to limited trucking services to Ningbo. 
     
  • Less Than Truckload Freight is still prohibited. Thus, the Container Freight Station’s cargo operations remains suspended until further notice.
     
  • Due to a restriction on trucking resources, we encourage our customers with urgent bookings to consider either feeder services, domestic rail services to Ningbo port, or to divert their cargo to other origins. This is to minimize inland service disruptions. For specific shipment status, kindly contact your GEODIS local representative for more details.

The transportation and production at Zhoushan Port in Ningbo continue to remain safe and efficient as of 3rd January 2022.

GEODIS is closely monitoring the situation and doing our utmost to mitigate potential risks for our clients. We will post updates as the situation evolves and our product teams are able to share assessments. This information will be available on our website, https://geodis.com/sg/en, geodis.com as well as on our official LinkedIn page.

Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

 

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20 October 2021

As Vietnam emerges from the strict lockdowns imposed in the last two months, it is anticipated that the airport and seaport terminals in Ho Chi Minh City will experience cargo congestion in the weeks to come as companies reopen. This is expected to drive up the costs of shipping, given capacity and equipment shortage will occur as a result of an increased demand to clear the backlog.

Ocean Freight

SOUTH-MARKET (HCMC): The current low volume is due to the lengthy lockdown implemented earlier in Ho Chi Minh City so there is currently no congestion at this port. Vietnam has just reopened; however the volume of outbound cargo is expected to increase due to the release of the delayed orders and high demand post-lockdown, leading to the anticipated congestion in HCMC ports.
 

Space and equipment in Ho Chi Minh are available as of now, It is expected that the market is to resume full production capacity by end of October.

 NORTH AND MIDDLE-MARKET: Space and equipment in Haiphong, Da Nang and Qui Nhon are limited as production and trading are normal.

 Air freight

  • All airfreight activities are back to normal. However, the terminals are very busy as air freight volume is rising after the lockdown ended.
  • Due to the shortage of ground handling staff, there are delays and congestion at terminals.

 Customs & Transportation

  • In general, the customs & transportation activities are back to normal.

 Contract Logistics

  • Businesses have received official notification that these Covid-19 Directives 15, 16 and 19 are temporarily put on hold.
     
  • As per the latest guideline of Binh Duong government, each company and/or factory could register for “3 green zones”: The GEODIS Vietnam team is in amidst of the organizing of the appropriate applications to ensure we are able to operate our warehouses with full staff strength.

 

Many industries are likely to face a shortage of labor when they resume post-Covid-19 as many migrant workers left the city for their hometowns after the city eased lockdowns.


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16 September 2021

 

Border traffic at Alashankou – a port of entry into China by rail to Kazakhstan and part of the Eurasian Land Bridge – will resume this week. Lithium battery cargo will be moved alongside normal cargo.

 

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14/09/2021

FLIGHTS AND PORT OPERATIONS PARTLY RESUMED FOLLWOWING WEAKENED TYPHOON CHANTHU

Satellite cameras currently show Typhoon Chanthu swirling to the east of Shanghai. By Thursday 16 September, it will likely move northeast with weakened intensity. This situation has resulted the following airport and port suspension information for eastern coastal areas:

Airfreight

All inbound and outbound flights at Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong (PVG) international airports will resume operations starting at 10:00 and 14:00 today (local time) respectively. However, it will take some time for schedules to recover from the significant backlog. New bookings made on 14 and 15 September are pending carrier acceptance.

Ocean Freight

Shanghai’s Yangshan and Waigaoqiao ports are slowly getting back to normal as of 19:00 and 22:00 today (local time) respectively. All terminals at Ningbo port resumed normal operations as of 13:00 today (local time). Following Covid restrictions and the closure of Meishan (due to 1 confirmed case), the latest disruption at Chanthu has created pockets of congestion and backlog at both ports. We estimate that it will take weeks to fully recover.

For the latest flight status of all departures from Shanghai Pudong Airport, please click HERE.

GEODIS is closely monitoring the situation, and we are doing our utmost to mitigate potential risks for our clients. We will post updates as the situation evolves and as our product teams are able to share assessments. This information will be available on our website (www.geodis.com) as well as on LinkedIn.

Please reach out to your local GEODIS representative if you have any questions or concerns.


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13/09/2021

SHANGHAI SUSPENDS FLIGHTS AND PORT OPERATIONS DUE TO TYPHOON CHANTHU

Authorities in Shanghai and neighbouring regions have suspended flights and transportation services as Typhoon Chanthu bears down on China’s east coast. The center of the 14th typhoon of the year was just to the southeast of Shanghai, packing winds of around 150km per hour. The observatory said that the typhoon is expected to make landfall in the province's coastal areas between Zhoushan and Ningbo or pass through Zhoushan Islands Monday evening (13th Sep).

In Zhejiang, a province near Shanghai raised its emergency response to the highest level, closing schools and suspending flights and rail services in some cities, the official Xinhua news service reported. The local authorities also issued red alerts for flash floods in nine districts.

Ningbo, China’s second-biggest container port after Shanghai, suspended operations on Sunday at noon (04:00 GMT). The port had just resumed business after a weeks-long port congestion, following typhoon In-Fa in late July and a COVID-19-related terminal closure in mid-August.

In Shanghai, home to about 26 million people, all flights at the city’s larger Pudong International Airport were cancelled from 11am local time (03:00 GMT) on Monday, while flights from the smaller Hongqiao airport in the west of the city were set to be cancelled from 3pm (07:00 GMT), the Shanghai government announced.

Several provinces in East China have elevated its emergency response to the highest level which also impacted the transportation services:

IMPACT ON FREIGHT OPERATIONS:

Ocean Freight: Operations at Ningbo and Shanghai have been heavily impacted

  • All terminals in Ningbo port have officially announced suspension of their services for empty pickup and laden containers gate-in or pickup from Sunday till further notice.
  • Authorities of Yangshan port and Waigaoqiao port, in Shanghai, have announced the suspension of terminals’ container services from Sunday and/or Monday until further notice.

Airfreight: Many airlines announced flight cancellations. The remaining flights schedule at airports in coastal cities have been adjusted.

  • Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong (PVG) airports in Shanghai: Flights are canceled from 15:00 pm, Monday at local time.
  • Xiaoshan (HGH) airport in Hangzhou: All scheduled flights are canceled from 11:00 am, Monday at local time.
     
  • Lishe (NGB) airport in Ningbo: All scheduled flights of Monday are canceled.
     
  • Lukou (NKG) airport in Nanjing: Flights are slashed to 310 sorties on Monday, according to the flow control authority.

GEODIS is closely monitoring the situation and doing our utmost to mitigate potential risks for our clients. We will post updates as the situation evolves and our product teams are able to share assessments.  This information will be available on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

 

10/09/2021

1.     Airfreight:

•     No major changes at PVG according to the latest update from the CEN China airfreight team. Carriers are gradually recovering their schedules.

•     The CGO nucleic acid testing rules (test every 48 hours) is now an area of concern for freight forwarding companies’ onsite staff working in the CGO terminal.

•      After several days of terminations, inbound flights are allowed to land at CGO airport.

•     Due to congestion in the inbound terminal warehouse, CGO/CTU/CKG are not accepting oversized inbound shipments.

•      Because of the large number of shipments transferred to other major airports due to the congestion at PVG, the air market demand at CGO/CTU/CKG is booming.

•     A longer booking lead time of up to 7 days is required, due to the space constraints.

•     As the airfreight rate has increased significantly compared with last week, carriers will not accept space reservations without detailed shipment information.

 

2.     Ocean Freight:

At all Ningbo-Zhoushan terminals, container yard opening remains at 2-3 days prior to vessel berthing.

 

3.     Rail Freight:

•     Due to serious congestion at borders, China Railway has started to cut rail operating plans and schedules to ease the current congestion situation and improve the quality of service, especially lead times.

•     The rail team is observing that some customers have begun to switch their cargo back to sea freight now because of reliable lead times.

 

4.      Inland road transportation:

As of 9am on 9 September 2021, there are 3 medium-risk areas in China: 1 in Jiangsu and 2 in Yunnan province. In these regions, there are still some difficulties when it comes to pickup or delivery.

 

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02/09/2021

1.     Inland road transportation:

The overall situation is now improving. There are still difficulties faced in pickup and delivery in/out/over the locations defined areas with risk, which are mostly in Jiangsu Province. This has an effect on end-to-end international freight forwarding service.

 

2.     Rail:

•     There are severe congestions in the Chinese borders of Alashankou, Khorgos, Manzhouli and Erenhot, as well as Brest in Belarus, Mala in Poland and Kazakhstan.

•     This is due to a combination of factors:

     •     Construction works in Poland, bad weather, COVID-19 Delta cases and a significant increase in volume that has slowed down rail operation and wagon circulation.

     •     These have resulted in long queues for reloading for both westbound and eastbound flows, and significantly longer transit times.

     •     There are construction works in the Hamburg Steinweg port from 30 Aug 2021 to 6 Sep 2021. No trains can be planned to/from Steinweg Hamburg; instead, cargo expected to depart from this terminal will be re-routed during this period.

     •     Germany's GDL train drivers' union has announced a strike from 2 to 7 Sep 2021. This is their third and longest strike in recent times.

•     For cross border trucking, no lithium batteries can be moved by truck due to Alashankou’s closure.

•     General cargo can be moved through Manzhouli and Khorgos with very limited capacity.

 

3.     Airfreight:

•     Due to the epidemic situation at PVG, airlines have switched some PVG flights to CGO airport. As a result, the flights export frequency from CGO has increased significantly, which has also lead to the airport operation capacity exceeding its upper limit. In addition, carriers deploying numerous charter flights at CGO in September has further increased the pressure on daily operation at CGO.

•     New measures from CGO airport terminal warehouse:

     •     CGO terminal warehouse will not allow entry for cargo that is more than 48 hours away from ETD.

               i.     The current pandemic policy has severely reduced the efficiency of terminal warehouse operation.

               ii.     This may cause a congestion of trucks at the warehouse dock.

     •     Due to backlog issues, CGO airport has announced that it will not accept any inbound cargo.

     •     This has been in effect since last Saturday, until the airport clears the backlog ULD in the warehouse.

     •     In response, some airlines have cancelled some inbound flights to CGO due to the airport’s new policy.

 

4.     Ocean freight:

•     The situation in Ningbo is as follows:

     •     All terminals at Ningbo port are facing heavy congestion, with waiting time for vessels of 3-5 days at berth.

     •     Meishan terminal has officially resumed operation from 25 Aug 2021, but its 2 weeks of closure has caused serious backlogs and omittances, re-routes and so on for vessels. Clearing up the current backlogs is estimated to take at least several weeks.

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26/08/2021

OceanFreight Updates on Ningbo Port

1.     Meishan terminal resumes operation from 25 Aug 2021.

2.     All authorities and parties shall make arrangements for resumption as well as COVID-19 prevention and control. Priority should be given to retained containers and/or haulage truckers. Workers should be assigned to the positions in order so that operations can be resumed in order.

3.     All authorities and parties are to pay attention to environmental hygiene and conduct disinfection.

4.     In order to avoid congestion due to a rush for gate-in after opening, all parties are to organize staggered delivery to keep traffic smooth.

5.     Continue to enforce the following regulations for personnel at checkpoints: wearing of face masks, temperature monitoring, health code identification and travel tracking identification.

 

Railway

1.     Due to confirmed COVID-19 cases found in Xinjiang province, the congestion at Alashakou is worsening and operations have slowed severely, with nearly 50 trains in queue.

2     For cross-border trucking through Alashankou, the Khorgos and Buktu borders in Xinjiang province are closed until further notice.

3.     There is still a serious shortage of empty containers, especially in the southern and eastern regions of China.

4.     Borders at Brest in Belarus and Mala in Poland are also facing the same situation, with severe congestion and lengthy delays in rail transportation.

5.     Train and truck drivers in Germany are currently on strike until 25 Aug 2021. No activities can be arranged during this period, worsening the current situation.

 

AirFreight Updates

Due to new COVID-19 cases at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), one of China's largest airports, there are massive delays in airfreight cargo departing China.

Chinese authorities have largely suspended cargo handling operations at PVG. Multiple cargo freighter operators and PCF cargo flights are cancelled and continue to be cancelled.

Impact to operations:

1.     Due to insufficient handling agents to build and load cargo, there are massive delays in recovery of the freight and loading onto the aircrafts.

2.     Recovery times are expected to be at 5-7 days.

3.     Flights have been cancelled to adjust to ground handling manpower.

4.     No Fixed Rate bookings available due to cancellations and limited block space.

5.     Airlines are not awarding block spaces due to large impact to their flight operations.

6.     Due to the backlog, capacity is expected to continue being limited for a period of 2-3 weeks.

7.     From the impact to operations at PVG, the schedule of flights ex-airports in inland China (eg. CTU) out of the country via PVG is not stable.

 

We will post updates as the situation evolves, both on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

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24/08/2021

Tightened restrictions in Vietnam , mainly in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong

Please be noted that local authorities in Vietnam have decided to tighten the lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong from Monday 23rd of August until 15th of September. Movements in and out of districts will be prohibited and enforced by military, and delivery providers are requested to stop operation in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong. People are instructed to stay at home. We can reasonably expect that manufacturing operations inside Ho Chi Minh City MC and Binh Duong will be severally impacted. New licenses will be issued to enable transport companies to continue operate, although there will be major disruptions until licenses are received.

 

Impact and Measure

 

Airfreight

GEODIS’ handling staff are required to obtain travel permits from the Department of Industry and Trade to work at the airport. We have already submitted the necessary documents and are awaiting approval.

Please note the following:

-      For Air Export: GEODIS handling staff may not be permitted to work for a day or two (24 August 2021). In this case, all export activities will be suspended until travel permits are approved by the Department of Industry and Trade. For customers, all trucks/drivers/brokers are required to obtain QR codes (for trucks) and travel permits.

-      For Air Import: Customers are required to apply for travel permits to be able to receive cargo in the airport.

 

Oceanfreight

Terminal and port activities are operating as per normal. However, there is a large amount of containers being stored at Cat Lai as a result of companies ceasing operations due to COVID-19.

Goods arriving at Cai Mep will only be barged to Cat Lai if the consignee confirms with the shipping line to receive the goods within 2 days at Cat Lai. Otherwise, goods will be kept at Cai Mep until further notice.

 

Ocean Export and Import Operation

Handling staff must obtain travel permits from the Department of Industry and Trade to be able to enter the ocean terminal to load goods for export shipping or to clear cargo for import shipping.

 

GEODIS Warehouse Closure

The GEODIS Warehouse at the following location is closed:

•      Address: Warehouse No.1, TBS Tan Van, DT743 Street, Binh Thang Ward, Di An, Binh Duong Province.

•      Duration: From Friday 20th of August 2021 until further notice. Reopening is expected within 2 weeks.

 

We will post updates as the situation evolves, both on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

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20/08/2021

Here are the latest updates following the rollout of additional movement restrictions at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) and other locations in China.

 

Airfreight:

All airports in China are operating under Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) guidelines to prevent imported cases via people or cargo.

1.     Obtaining permission to enter airport work areas for import/export onsite services is increasingly complex.

2.     All the freighters or passenger freighters belong to these carriers below have been required to stop all operations starting from 20th august today morning around 06:00 hours local time, till further notice.
5Y / AA / AC /BR / CA /CX /ET /EY /GA / HU /LD/ NZ / PO/ QR/SU /SV / WS

3.     All the staff in terminals in PVG calling CK terminal (China Cargo Airlines Terminal) and PACTL (Shanghai Pudong Int'l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd) have been requested to undergo nucleic acid testing immediately , the CK and PACTL terminals are still open, but the productivity largely constrained. Most of the carriers have asked forwarders to stop the hand-over of cargo to terminals, considering the potential serious congestion in coming days.

4.     All the forwarders have stopped the clearance and cargo receiving at the CFS, till the confirmation from carriers that the upcoming booked flights will operate with certainty.

5.     Inbound and outbound workers at terminals are not allowed to travel.

6.     The disinfection/ sanitisation processes on tarmac and terminal warehouses, plus quarantine rules that vary from a 7+7+7 cycle (referring to days spent at work and in dorms, on-site quarantine and home quarantine respectively) to a 14+7+7 cycle for front-line workers, have created a large backlog of inbound cargo. This is especially severe at busy airports, namely PEK and PVG. Delays in distribution ranges from 2-3 days to 5-7 days, this is an increase from the week before.

7.     The slower operations for inbound flights subsequently affects outbound flights.

8.     A considerable number of outbound flights originating from China gateway airports have been cancelled.

9.     Nanjing Airport is still closed.

 

Ocean Freight:

•      Yangzhou City is closed and ocean freight operations have been severely impacted. Shipments exported from the Yangzhou barge port have to ship out from alternative ports (such as Nanjing, Taizhou or Shanghai), if the factories who have outbound cargo, have within their own capability to process container loads.

•      Nanjing barge port operations have resumed as normal.

•      Operations at the seaports in North China (TAO, TSN, DLC) are able to be carried out with little impact.

•      A phased re-opening of Meishan terminal at Ningbo port began on 18 August 2021, focusing on easing the backlog that includes inbound containers remaining in the CY and vessels waiting at the berth. Empty pickup and laden container gate-in will not restart until 25 August 2021. Full resumption of operations is estimated to be on 1 September 2021.

•      As per previous communications, all crew members on inbound vessels are tested for COVID-19 via nucleic acid tests, leading to outbound delays or omittance.

 

Rail Freight:

•      Alashankou City is locked down due to the 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases found in Xinjiang Province. This has severely affected rail operations at the border, with about 50 trains in queue to date, and heavy congestion at Alashankou.

•      Cross-border trucking through Alashankou, Khogos and Buktu borders is now suspended in Xinjiang Province until further notice.

•      There remains a serious shortage of empty containers in the south and northeast regions in China.

•      Operators at most rail terminals in China are facing labor shortages due to quarantine rules. The congestion has led to a cargo delay of approximately 1-2 weeks. There is also difficulty in arranging CFS de-vanning and picking up of laden containers from outside the ports.

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19/08/2021

Latest Update on the Meishan Port situation

Per the information received from the Ningbo-Zhoushan port authority, the Meishan Port will be reopening in accordance with the following process:

1.     The Meishan terminal has resumed operations from 2300hrs on 18 August 2021, on vessels that are already in the port and waiting to be called. The current turnover ability is 3,000 containers per day.

2.     The gate-in processing of laden containers and the pick-up services for empty containers have yet to be resumed.

3.     The terminal is expected to resume all export/import services effective 25 August 2021.

4.     From 1 September 2021, the overall operations in Meishan terminal will be restored.

Also note that 160,000 TEUs of empty containers could not arrive at Ningbo due to most vessels skipping Meishan terminal. As a result, we expect the problem of equipment shortage will worsen in the coming months.

We will continue to post updates as the situation evolves, both on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

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13/08/2021

A COVID-19 case was reported in Ningbo Meishan Terminal on 11 August 2021. The port has been closed since 12 August 2021, and all export and import services involving Meishan Terminal have been suspended.

Meidong Container Terminal Ltd is located in Ningbo’s Meishan bonded area, which has a 7m teu annual capacity. Meishan is one of Ningbo’s newest and largest terminals, used regularly by Ocean Alliance members Cosco, CMA CGM and Evergreen.

The most immediately affected trade lanes are as follows:

To/from India, Pakistan, Korea, Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands,

Scandinavia, Canada, US East Coast, and LATAM.

The closure of CFS in Meishan will also result in congestion in the other CFS in Ningbo.

In addition, we expect the following:

1.     Containers already gated in Meishan will have to remain at the terminal until it is reopened.

2.     Vessels with planned calls to Meishan will be delayed, with some carriers expected to skip Meishan until the situation clears.

3.     The Meishan port closure will cause congestion in other ports.

4.     The space situation in Ningbo will worsen.

The other terminals of Ningbo port remain operational as per normal.

We will post updates as the situation evolves, both on our website geodis.com as well as on LinkedIn.

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