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July 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT

  • Air France/ KLM adjusted capacity that consists of:
    ·Scheduled wide-body belly services
    ·Scheduled full freighter services
    ·Chartered wide-body belly & full freighter options
    ·European narrow-body belly services
    For detailed schedules, please click HERE.
     
  • Saudia Cargo has carried out more than 1,500 flights in 100 days — since March this year. The carrier said that 500 of these flights used passenger aircraft that had been temporarily converted into freighters to meet demand, particularly for personal protective equipment (PPE), during the pandemic. In addition, the carrier has increased its flight frequencies to and from key destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the US.
     
  • Lufthansa has expanded its belly hold operations by increasing frequency and destinations of its passenger flights. In a statement, time-critical logistics business time: matters told is customers: “All [Lufthansa belly hold destinations] can be utilized for our time-critical transport solutions to/from the following destinations: Bari, Beirut, Belgrade, Dubai, Houston, Menorca, Nairobi, Nanjing Washington DC.”
     

OCEAN FREIGHT

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced the increase in Malaysia export freetime on Maersk SPOT as per below details:
    • Scope: Malaysia exports on Maersk SPOT only
    • Trade: all trades live on Maersk SPOT
    • PORs: all Malaysia ports
    • Equipment: all equipment type live on Maersk SPOT
    • Freetime: 11days freetime (combined DMT + DET, vs previous 8 days)
    • Effective: 29-Jun-2020 until further notice
    • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local sales or customer service representative.
       
  • Maersk made upcoming changes related to all international containers railing to or from the CSX Chicago 59th Street Terminal. CSX will be converting the facility from wheeled to grounded effective August 1, 2020. While this change officially takes place August 1, 2020, there will be a transition period beginning July 18, 2020. For clarity, please see below timeline and related changes at the facility,HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced demand reductions in Far East Asia, Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan; HERE.
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AIR FREIGHT

  • Delta Cargo has embargoed all products origin, transfer and destination Chicago O'Hare (ORD) effective immediately until further notice this week. Dispatch of inbound and outbound trucks will also be unavailable during this time. Impacted customers will be notified.

  • Only westbound charter flights from London Heathrow (LHR) and westbound flights from/eastbound flights to Frankfurt (FRA) are exempt from the embargo. Freight will be stored in the warehouse and processed after operations have restarted. Customers will be directly notified when shipment pickup is available. All ORD storage fees will be waived from June 29 through restart date.
     
  • Air France /KLM offers adjusted capacity that consists of:
    • Scheduled wide-body belly services
    • Scheduled full freighter services
    • Chartered wide-body belly & full freighter options
    • European narrow-body belly services
       
  • AFKLMP Cargo has been adapting its network and flight schedule and since end-March to the present time, they are still operating a significantly reduced schedule. As from the beginning of June, they are we gradually resuming flights by adding destinations and by increasing the number of flight frequencies. All the current flight schedules can be found  HERE.
     
  • Lufthansa announced the ramp up plan for belly capacity, HERE, as well as latest freighter connection schedules: HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk will make 2 suspensions on the ME1 service in week 30 and 32 sailing from Europe. The service will run in standard rotation in between. The port calls on the ME1 service will be covered on other services in the network. The suspended ME1 vessel detaills  HERE.

Alternative coverage for ME1 suspension

  • Felixstowe: Covered on AE1: Maersk Essen 030E and MSC Isabella 032E
  • Antwerp: Covered on AE7: Evelyn Maersk 030E and Elly Maersk 020E
  • Hamburg: Covered on AE7: Evelyn Maersk 030E and Elly Maersk 020E
  • Bremerhaven: Covered on AE1 and AE5: AE1 Maersk Essen 030E/Munkebo Maersk and MSC Isabella 032E/Manila Maersk
  • Wilhelmshaven: Transferred to next sailing
  • Rotterdam: Covered on AE1: Maersk Essen 030E and MSC Isabella 032E

 
There will be no or marginal impact on transit times for all destination ports currently served via ME1, except cargo to Jeddah which please take note of the revised transit times for week 30 and 32 departure only:

  • Antwerp – Jeddah 18 days
  • Bremerhaven – Jeddah 17 days
  • Rotterdam – Jeddah 18 days
  • Felixstowe – Jeddah 24 days with alternative London Gateway AE7 or transferred to the next vessel
     
  • Additionally, Maersk made reductions in Far East Asia, Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan. The Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan, HERE.
     
  • ONE will further expand its China-Southeast Asia network by introducing China Thailand Service (CTS) and the revamped Thailand Philippines Service (TP2). The services will add direct sailings between China and South east Asia, namely Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The first sailing of the CTS will be the KMTC LAEM CHABANG 2010S arriving Shanghai on 24th July 2020, and for the TP2 will be SITC INCHON 2029N/2030S arriving Laem Chabang on 4th July. The CTS rotation is as follows: Shanghai (WGQ) – Ningbo – Xiamen – LaemChabang – Bangkok – Laem Chabang – Hong Kong – Shanghai Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. 7 Straits View, Marina One East Tower #16-01/03 and 17-01/06 Singapore 018936. The TP2 rotation is as follows: HCMC (Cat Lai) – Laem Chabang – Batangas – Manila (Northport) – Nansha – Shekou – Haiphong – HCMC.
     
  • MSC intends to prolong its transatlantic network seasonal blank sailing programme, in line with market demand across Europe and the USA. The temporary suspension of the NEUATL4 service will be extended until  week 36, resulting in the blanking of all voyages on this service up to and including voyage 036W which was scheduled to depart Antwerp on 31 August.
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June 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT

  • AA Cargo: will be offering 347 weekly widebody cargo flights starting July 7. Key highlights of this new expanded schedule are detailed below.
    • Twice-daily service between Shanghai (PVG) & Los Angeles (LAX) and daily service between Beijing (PEK) & Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
    • 10 weekly flights from DFW to Tokyo (HND & NRT), and 7 weekly flights from LAX to HND
    • Three-times weekly service between Sydney (SYD) and LAX
    • Daily service from DFW to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), London (LHR) and Madrid (MAD), and three-times weekly to Dublin (DUB)
    • Daily service from LHR to domestic hubs DFW, New York City (JFK), Miami (MIA), and Chicago (ORD)
    • Twice-weekly cargo-only flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to FRA, Rome (FCO) and Milan (MXP)
    • Regular weekly service from MIA to Buenos Aires (EZE), Sao Paulo (GRU), and Santiago (SCL)
    • Daily domestic service between LAX and MIA
    • Daily domestic service between DFW and LAX, ORD, Maui (OGG) and Honolulu (HNL)
       
  • United Cargo has further expanded its network of ‘passenger freighter’ operations this month, adding several new international destinations in a program of more than 1,100 cargo-only flights in June The US carrier stressed that it has “played a vital role in helping keep the global supply chains stable during the COVID-19 pandemic so urgently needed goods can get to the places that need them most”, adding: “In addition to current service from the US to Asia, Australia, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East, we are proud to now offer cargo-only flights to key international markets including Dublin, Paris, Rome, Santiago and Zurich”, now operating between six US hubs and over 20 cities all over the world.
     
  • Cathay Pacific Group has announced a number of passenger schedule changes and destination reinstatements in June and July which will impact its cargo capacity and cargo network. The airlines intend to operate a reduced passenger capacity of approximately 4% in June, increasing to around 9% in July. Freighters continue to operate as per schedule. For details of the flight schedules, please check the timetable HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk’s 2020 CHX Blanking Plan. Maersk is reducing sailing to Far East Asia and Indian Subcontinent. The impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent; HERE.
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AIR FREIGHT

  • SAS is now launching its traffic programme for July. In total, the new traffic programme will see capacity increased from 30 aircraft in June to over 40 in July, equivalent to just under 30 percent compared with the corresponding period last year. As demand slowly but surely increases, SAS is resuming flights to many destinations from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. In addition to a number of routes from Copenhagen, SAS is also resuming international flights from Oslo to a number of destinations, including Reykjavík, and continuing its operations to Finland and London from Stockholm. For details, please click HERE.
     
  • American Airlines Cargo has now more than doubled their widebody operation, now including flights to Latin America, and publishes their cargo flight schedules for June HERE. Since June 4, their widebody flight schedule expands to 294 flights per week between the U.S., Asia Pacific and Europe.
     
  • Virgin Atlantic increases cargo-only flights by over 33%. In June after a record-breaking month in May. Virgin Atlantic will increase its cargo-only flights by over 33% to nearly 600 in June with the launch of new routes including Beijing and Brussels following the success of its May programme. June will see a total of 601 flights – 597 cargo-only services and 4 repatriation flights for the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). As the airline continues to extend its network to support demand for export and import cargoes as UK and international businesses continue their recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak, this month’s schedule highlights for customers include:
    • The launch of daily flights connecting London Heathrow and Beijing
    • Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever flights to Brussels, arriving from New York JFK before connecting
    • directly to London twice-a-week
    • Three flights a week to Chicago, starting on 4 June
    • Increased Mumbai services to three a week, with UK departures every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from June 6
    • Three-times weekly London-Atlanta flights from  9 June
    • A return to Nigeria with weekly Lagos flights to and from London
    • Increase to daily flights to and from Hong Kong


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • ONE’s partner has decided to suspend the Gothenburg Express (GTE), Sweden Denmark Express (SDX) and Russia Express (REX) feeder services until further notice. Ocean Network Express (ONE) will continue to serve by offering 3 alternate services covering the related ports in the Scandinavia and Baltic region through a structural cooperation with Xpress Feeders. The details of the alternate services are:
    • Denmark Sweden Express (DSX) - will service the Scandinavian ports of Fredericia, Copenhagen and Helsingborg, with the first sailing ETA Hamburg 3rd/July,
    • Poland Express (PEX) - will maintain a regular and reliable service from Gdynia to Hamburg, with the first sailing ETA Gdynia 30th/June,
    • Belgium Baltic Express (BBX) - a dedicated shuttle in and out of Riga via Rotterdam and Antwerp with first sailing ETA Rotterdam 4th/July.
       
  • ONE Announced adjustment of New Zealand Japan (NZJ) service schedule Ocean Network Express will be revising the proforma schedule of the New Zealand Japan (NZJ) service. With this adjustment, ONE looks to provide our valued customers with better quality service and improved schedule integrity. The first sailing of the new proforma started from SAFMARINE MULANJE, departed Tokyo on 12th JUN 2020. More details, please visit HERE.
     
  • Maersk will blank one MECL sailing and as a result we will not have coverage from Jebel Ali (week 26), Port Qasim (week 27), Pipavav (week 27) and Jawaharlal Nehru (week 28).
    • Also, they have reduced sailing for Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent, HERE.
    • For other Far East Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Pakistan and Middle East blank sailing plan, please visit HERE.
    • For West Coast South America, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico to Far East Asia, please visit HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • American Airlines Cargo: Beginning 4 June, widebody flight schedule expands to 296 flights per week between the U.S., Asia Pacific and Europe, increasing capacity to keep goods moving around the world. Highlights of the June widebody schedule::
    • Twice-daily service from Shanghai (PVG) to Los Angeles (LAX)
    • Daily service to Hong Kong (HKG) from both LAX and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
    • Daily service from DFW to Amsterdam (AMS), Frankfurt (FRA), London (LHR), Paris (CDG)
    • Daily service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Rome (FCO), Frankfurt (FRA) and Zurich (ZRH)
    • Daily domestic service between LAX and Miami (MIA)
    • Daily domestic service from DFW to MIA, Chicago (ORD), Maui (OGG) and Honolulu (HNL)
    • 4x weekly service from MIA to Sao Paulo (GRU)
    • 3x weekly service from MIA to Santiago (SCL)
       
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo released the flight schedules which can be found HERE


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk’s Operation in UAE: Currently Maersk is 100% operational basis our business continuity plans. Further to the latest guidelines and protocols announced by Dubai Economy, Maersk office are assessing our resuming to office approach. All Maersk operations including terminals, offices, warehousing, and other facilities continue to operate uninterrupted as per usual.
     
  • MSC’s Transatlantic Network Seasonal Blank Sailing: Lower demand due to the increased impact of COVID-19 across Europe and the USA, therefore the seasonal blanking programme will continue.The temporary suspension of the NEUATL4 service will be extended until week 28.  The programme will continue with the followed omissions:
    • Week 24 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 024W - ETD Antwerp 08.06.2020
    • Week 25 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 025W - ETD Antwerp 15.06.2020
    • Week 26 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 026W - ETD Antwerp 22.06.2020
    • Week 27 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 027W - ETD Antwerp 29.06.2020
    • Week 28 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 028W - ETD Antwerp 06.07.2020
       
  • The Alliance: the members of THE Alliance will adjust the schedules for July, August and September for the Asia – North Europe trade and July for the remaining trades, in order to match market demand. The details of the blank sailings and network adjustments are listed HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • SAS reopened routes. More and more countries are easing their travel restrictions, which enables SAS to resume flights to many destinations from June onwards. This primarily includes domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, but flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume. From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.
     
  • American Airlines Cargo: The company doubled their widebody operation from 140 to 282 weekly widebody flights, beginning June 4. Their flight schedules can be found HERE.
     
  • Air France/ KLM Cargo: Following the significant impact of the Coronavirus situation on their flight operations, they offer currently adjusted capacity that consists of:
    -Scheduled wide-body belly services
    -Scheduled full freighter services
    -Chartered wide-body belly & full freighter options
    -European narrow-body belly services
    -Detailed flights schedule can be found HERE


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Continued Seasonal Capacity Adjustment on Asia-Australia Services. Further to their general advisory issued on 6 April 2020, Maersk extends the temporary suspension of the YoYo service until the end of September. In addition, they will continue to adjust their Dragon service to call Hong Kong both southbound and northbound to provide South China coverage. Their Hong Kong calls offer comprehensive connections to the wider region.
     
  • Maersk: Operations in UAE. Currently the company is 100% operational. Further to the latest guidelines and protocols announced by Dubai Economy, Maersk office are assessing their resuming to office approach. All Maersk operations including terminals, offices, warehousing, and other facilities continue to operate uninterrupted as per usual.
     
  • MSC : announced additional seasonal blanking programme on their Asia–Europe network – which started in April – will be extended during the summer period. Two MSC services – Dragon (Asia-Mediterranean) and Swan (Asia-North Europe) – will not be reinstated until further notice. MSC introduced the Griffin service, operated as a single hybrid fortnightly service spanning a combination of Asia-Mediterranean and Asia-North Europe port calls. The Griffin service is scheduled to start in the second half of June with the following rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Said – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Singapore – Ningbo.

May 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT

  • Air France KLM Martinair Cargo's cargo network continues to recover, now serving 67 long-haul destinations. Flight frequencies have also been increased for a large number of other destinations. From Paris Charles de Gaulle to New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Conakry, Nouakchott, Bangui, Abidjan, Nairobi, Shanghai and Tokyo. And from Amsterdam Schiphol to New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Mumbai, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manilla, Osaka and Tokyo.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Hapag Lloyd announced that M/V “HAMMONIA EMDEN” Voyage 019N of their Caribbean Express Service (CES) will be phased out of the service. The company will void the corresponding Southbound Voyage 024S. The North European Coastal Schedule is as follows:
    • London, GB: Sunday, June 7 – 00:60 hrs (discharge only)
    • Rotterdam, NL: Monday, June 8 – 15:00 hours (discharge only)
    • Antwerp, BE: Wednesday, June 10 – 06:00 hrs (Phase Out)
    • For the Export (Southbound) Cargoes we kindly ask you to book on the next vessel M/V “EVRIDIKI G.” Voyage 025S. If Export Cargoes need to be shipped the same week we can alternatively offer you the M/V “COSCO SHIPPING DANUBE” Voyage 0123S from our South America West Coast – North Europe Express Service (SWX) with the respective trans shipment in the Caribbean. In the Caribbean for the Export (Northbound) Cargoes we will continue to provide the weekly service and will phase in the M/V “MINERVA” Voyage 023N.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced additional blank sailing in Far East Asia and Middle East. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Middle East,HERE.
     
  • MSC has decided to prolong the temporary suspension of its Elephant service. The service, which normally connects Thailand with the U.S. East Coast, was suspended in mid-April in order to match network capacity with the reduction in demand for cargo shipments due to COVID-19, as we previously communicated. We will extend the suspension until the end of July and will only resume the service when there is a sufficient increase in market demand to justify this.
     
  • Hapag Lloyd decided to continue with the temporary suspension of its Gothenburg Express (GTE) until further notice. In the interim period they will continue to offer weekly sailings to/from Gothenburg, Fredericia, Helsingborg and Oslo through their dedicated Feeder partner Unifeeder.
    Additionally, their Atlantic Loop 1 Service (AL1) – Void Sailing. AL1 Service:
     
    • Westbound Voyage :YM Essence 062W
      Rotterdam ETS May 28, 2020 Hamburg ETS June 01, 2020
      Antwerp ETS June 04, 2020 London ETS June 05, 2020
       
    • Eastbound Voyage :YM Essence 062E
      Norfolk ETS June 16, 2020. Please also check our alternative routings as follows: -to / from New York: AL2 and ATA service - to / from Halifax: ATA service

AIR FREIGHT

  • United Cargo is modifying our operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) as detailed below:
    • Effective 25 May, United Cargo will no longer accept or transport any outbound shipments at RDU.
    • Also, effective 25 May, all inbound and outbound QPK and Life Guard service will be temporarily suspended at RDU.
    • We will continue to accept GEN and EXP shipments inbound to RDU.
    • Note: Any GEN and EXP shipments that arrive on or after 29 May (and any shipments not yet recovered from our RDU freight facility before 29 May) must be recovered at Forward Air's RDU location.
       
  • Swiss World Cargo: Following the recent launch of a network of cargo flights, Swiss World Cargo will “continue to fly to different global destinations as part of its cargo network,” says the airline. It serves 11 global destinations and are adding more than 200 weekly flights within Europe as of June 2020.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd has announced that as of week 22 the Dakar Express (DEX) will resume regular calls at Lisbon on the southbound leg. By reinstating this call the company says it will offer a reliable connection between Lisbon and Hapag-Lloyd’s global network with competitive transit times. The first vessel which will sail from Lisbon will be Jonni Ritscher Voyage 2020S (ETS Lisbon May 27, 2020). Hapag-Lloyd has also reported that due to operational reasons the Hansa Rendsburg (Voy 2019 S), which is deployed in the Dakar Express Service is delayed by seven days. Currently the vessel is in Antwerp undergoing some emergency repairs.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd has announced further void sailing positions for the South East India – Europe Express (IEX) due to Covid-19 related measures in several countries resulting in operational challenges. Also, the shipping line had made few other announcements per follow:
    • Conosur Service (CON): blanking of the Nordic Hong Kong 23 westbound and 26 eastbound positions. The company will leave the vessel idle after its discharge operations in Brazil. The boxship will be idled in Santos on 10 June 2020 and will phase-in at the port of Puerto Madryn on 17 July 2020.
    • As another reaction to the temporarily lower demand in the trade, Hapag-Lloyd will reduce its Dakar Express service (DEX) to a fortnightly frequency with effect from week 24 (southbound).
    • Moreover, Hapag-Lloyd has implemented the following void sailing on the Gulf – Caribbean Service (GCS). Vessel: Virginia Trader Voyage 2022S / 2022N. For export cargo, as an alternative the company offers next vessel Minerva 2023 SB/NB.
    • On the bright side, the line has announced the revision of its sailing schedule in June with reinstated sailings for its Asia to Mediterranean services. Reinstated Sailings departing Asia by Service:
      • MD1 Service week 25
      • MD2 Service weeks 24 and 26
      • MD3 Service week 24
    • In addition, in view of the increasing market demand, Hapag-Lloyd will reinstate several sailings from Asia to the United States West Coast.
       
  • MSC has announced updates to its transatlantic network seasonal blank sailing programme: The temporary suspension of MSC’s NEUATL4 service will be extended to week 25.
     
  • Maersk has announced additional void sailings, extending the seasonal suspension on its TA4 service as of week 23 outbound Europe until week 25 outbound Europe. The services are expected to resume in accordance with improved market demand.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Delta: Delta's summer schedule continues to be shaped by customer demand, CDC guidelines and government travel regulations. While the June schedule is significantly reduced in comparison to last year, customers will see the return of several major routes, both U.S. domestic and international, which were previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More info, please click HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk has stated " We would like to offer you our latest update on the outbreak of COVID-19 and any impact to Maersk’s operations in Philippines. For more information, please click HERE". In addition for UAE, Maersk announced an update on their operation process, to read more, please click HERE.
     
  • Maersk again states "the New IA5 Davao Port Call – Import & Export Loading. Please be advised that starting May 24, our IA5 service will be calling KTC Terminal instead of Sasa Wharf Port of Davao. Below will be the proforma for the next 4 weeks from the time of implementation, HERE".
     
  • MSC will exclude one sailing during week 27 from SAEC to Gulf and week 30 from Gulf to SAEC (UCLA service) with vessel MONTE ACONCAGUA. Please be advised that this notice relates to a single voyage only. Customers may continue to place bookings for the shipments from SAEC to the Gulf. OMISSION DETAILS: GULF TO SAEC 1/UCLA 
    • MONTE ACONCAGUA voyage 27N, as from Navegantes ETA 29.06.2020
    • MONTE ACONCAGUA voyage 30S, as from Veracruz ETA 23.07.2020
       
  • ONE: Terminal operations and pick-up of inbound laden reefer containers had been slow in Manila (Philippines) and the terminal faced a serious shortage of available reefer plugs. ONE hereby announces the suspension of the congestion surcharge (CGD) for reefer shipments moving into Manila with effect from 22nd May 2020.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Lufthansa Cargo: is now offering 14 weekly cargo flights from Shenzhen (SZX) to Frankfurt as it looks to meet demand.Lufthansa Cargo is currently offering 16 flights a week to and from China using its B777Fs with a standard load capacity of around 103 tonnes.With the newly opened route to Shenzhen, a total of up to 49 additional weekly flights with Lufthansa passenger aircraft for the transportation of goods are offered from China.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • CMA CGM: has implemented a general rate restoration (GRR) from Asia, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, South East Asia, East Coast of India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka (Japan excluded) to all ports of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The GRR will be US$200/TEU for all cargo dry, reefer, out of gauge and breakbulk cargo.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd have announced new rates from Asia, effective from 1 June 2020.In addition Hapag-Lloyd will increase its rates for all cargoes and all container types from East Asia to South America East Coast, charging US$600 per container.The German liner company will also increase rates for all cargo and container types ex-Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia to West Africa (excluding Dakar, Senegal) to US$75/TEU, from 1 June.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Emirates resumes passenger flights to 9 destinations, including connections between UK and Australia. Current destinations for return flights from 21st May till 30th June include Chicago, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival in Dubai which includes: a mandatory DHA test on arrival; a mandatory 14 day quarantine and a follow up test before release.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • MSC has announced updates on transatlantic network seasonal blank sailing programme. The temporary suspension of MSC’s NEUATL4 service will be extended to week 25. The programme will continue with the following omissions:
    • Week 21 omission – Blanking vessel WIDE BRAVO voyage 021W – ETD Antwerp 18 May 2020
    • Week 22 omission – Blanking vessel SPYROS voyage 022W – ETD Antwerp 25 May 2020
    • Week 23 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 023W – ETD Antwerp 1 June 2020
    • Week 24 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 024W – ETD Antwerp 8 June .2020
    • Week 25 omission – Blanking vessel voyage 025W – ETD Antwerp 15 June .2020
       
  • Hapag-Lloyd has made additional schedule changes: further void sailing  for the South East India – Europe Express (IEX) due to Covid-19 related measures in several countries resulting in operational challenges and an unusual decline in demand. On the bright side, the line has announced the revision of its sailing schedule in June with reinstated sailings for its Asia to Mediterranean services. Reinstated Sailings departing Asia by Service:
    • MD1 Service week 25
    • MD2 Service weeks 24 and 26
    • MD3 Service week 24
    • The voyage will be performed by YM Mandate 068E / 068W following the usual PS4 proforma rotation.
    • Furthermore, due to the reinstallment of the PS4 week 22 voyage, the PS3 ship YM Upward 067E will not call Kaohsiung, but will call at Yantian (ETB on 18 June 2020).
    • The voyage will be performed by Seaspan Brightness 030E / 030W following the rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Los Angeles – Ningbo – Shanghai

AIR FREIGHT

  • Delta's the June schedule is significantly reduced in comparison to last year, bust customers will see the return of several major routes, both U.S. domestic and international. Here's a snapshot of where Delta is planning to fly in June. Delta will also operate cargo-only scheduled service from Shanghai to Atlanta and Los Angeles. Read more on their cargo flights to Asia. Delta's second quarter schedule is 85 percent smaller than last year, with reductions of 80 percent in U.S. domestic capacity and 90 percent internationally. Delta's May schedule can be viewed HERE.   


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Further Blank Sailing. Maersk is reducing the sailings in Far East Asia, Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan, HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Japan: Air capacity out of Japan remains limited as flight options reduced. Japan Airline (JL) announces a reduced flight scheduling until June, which represents a reduction of passenger flights by 96% (4,513 flights). The market demand for export is low and orders from major machine tool manufacturers has decreased. The lifting of 39 regions from State of Emergency is expected to  gradually reenergise some demand from domestic plants.
     
  • Korea: Purchasing rate continues to move upwards sharply, . particularly cargoes flown into neighboring countries/Korea, where they are acting as a sea/air gateway for China eastern coast, due to the extremely high level of space demand and consequent rate increases in China mainland.  All cargoes are moving as per ad hoc booking process, alongside ad hoc pricing.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Seasonal Capacity Adjustment on Transatlantic Services due to market demand reductions in North America and Europe. Maersk will therefore extend the seasonal suspension on their TA4 service as of week 23 outbound Europe and until week 25 outbound Europe. The services are expected to resume subject to improved market demand.
     
  •  ONE offered the first direct coverage from China to Indonesia with the new CID service 15 May 2020 – Singapore – ONE announced a new direct service from China to Indonesia. The China Indonesia Service (CID), will be the first direct Intra-Asia service between China and South East Asian countries covered by ONE’s network. The inaugural service will also cover Manila on the return sailing from Surabaya to Shanghai, China. The direct coverage will improve transit times and further strengthen ONE’s already robust portfolio in Asia. The first sailing for the CID will be the CMA CGM Virginia voyage 063S arriving at Shanghai on 6 June 2020. The CID rotation is as follows: Shanghai (WGQ) – Ningbo – Shekou – Jakarta – Surabaya – Manila – Shanghai.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd: Due to the current situation, Hapag-Lloyd have updated their network in response to lower demand. You can find an up-to-date overview of our blank sailings here. Offering a weekly service as a blank sailing means that there is no sailing during a particular week even though it was originally planned according to the long-term schedule. For detailed information regarding your specific departure, please check HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Delta: Cargo demand drives return of Delta passenger services to Germany and U.K. Beginning May 21, 2020, flights to Frankfurt and London will operate three times weekly from Atlanta and Detroit, respectively. Cargo will be transported between Los Angeles and Frankfurt, via Atlanta, and between Chicago and London, via Detroit, increasing the shipping opportunities for cargo customers. The Frankfurt service will be operated using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 31 tons of cargo capacity, while a Boeing 767-300 will fly to Heathrow providing 26 tons of cargo capacity. Delta is also launching scheduled cargo-only flights between New York-JFK and Mumbai, India, starting in May, subject to foreign government approval.
     
  • Emirates: Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargo’s network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped the frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • ONE:  is to offer the first direct coverage from China to Indonesia with the new CID service commencing 15 May 2020 from Singapore. The China Indonesia Service (CID), will be the first direct Intra-Asia service between China and South East Asian countries covered by ONE’s network. The inaugural service will also cover Manila on the return sailing from Surabaya to Shanghai, China. The direct coverage will improve transit times and further strengthen ONE’s already robust portfolio in Asia. The first sailing for the CID will be the CMA CGM Virginia voyage 063S arriving at Shanghai on 6 June 2020.

AIR FREIGHT

  • American Airlines Cargo: Providing 140 weekly widebody cargo flights in May, between the U.S., Asia Pacific and Europe, increasing capacity to keep your goods moving around the world. Highlights of the May widebody schedule:
    • Two daily flights from Shanghai (PVG) to Los Angeles (LAX)
    • Weekly service between LAX and Sydney (SYD)
    • One daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid (MAD)
    • One daily flight between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG)
    • New service from Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) and London (LHR)
    • New service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Rome (FCO), Zurich (ZRH) and San Juan (SJU)


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced reductions in Far East Asia and Indian Subcontinent caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that we are all facing in managing the supply chain. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent, HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Singapore: Due to the global COVID 19 pandemic that is driving down air traffic, Changi Airport's Terminal 4 will suspend operations from Saturday (May 16). Changi Airport Group (CAG) has made the announcement on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. All incoming and outgoing flights from Singapore will only be landing and taking off from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 after the suspension of operations of T4 on 16 May 2020. Terminal 2 is already closed for upgrading work from 1 May 2020 for 18 months.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced reductions in Far East Asia and Indian Subcontinent caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that we are all facing in managing the supply chain. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent, HERE.

AIR FREIGHT

  • Qatar Airways boosts European cargo capacity. Qatar Airways Cargo has become among the latest to increase its European freighter and belly-hold air cargo capacity, highlighting new services to and from Scandinavia and between Vietnam and France, with the carrier now operating around 175 flights per day worldwide.
     
  • Emirates operating close to 100 daily cargo flights. The world’s largest international air cargo carrier, Emirates, is back operating close to 100 daily cargo flights as it rebuilds its global cargo network following the shutdown of most of its passenger flights.
     
  • ANA –updated freighter flight schedules are published, 12 May, HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk has announced additional blankings : West Coast South America, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico to Far East Services. Alternative coverage for AC2 will be communicated in due time by Maersk. HERE.
     
  • MSC: Blank sailings on gulf to SAEC/UCLA service. MSC will exclude one sailing during week 21 from SAEC to Gulf and week 24 from Gulf to SAEC (UCLA service) with vessel MSC METHONI. Please be advised that this notice relates to a single voyage only and that all other ocean liner services are continuing to operate. Omission details: gulf to saec 1/ ucla
    • Blanking MSC METHONI, voyage 21N, as from Navegantes ETA 18.05.2020
    • Blanking MSC METHONI, voyage 24S as from Veracruz ETA 11.06.2020
       
  • Hapag Lloyd: temporarily withdraws our GTE Service in the period from week 17 to week 22. Still, they continue to offer weekly sailings to/from Gothenburg, Fredericia, Helsingborg and Oslo through our network. The first available GTE sailing after the blank weeks will be TBN Voyage 2021 E/W:
    • ETS Hamburg, May 25th, 2020
    • ETS Gothenburg, May 29th, 2020

AIR FREIGHT

  • Lufthansa: Freighter connections to mainland China will be increased by a frequency of one to 16/7 in CW 20. Hong Kong will also be served with an additional frequency and will thus be served by a total of 7/7. In addition, Mumbai (BOM) will also be served at 1/7 again from next week until further notice.
     
  • Delta: Delta is offering added flexibility if you need to change the flight plans and free flights for medical volunteers. Here is a snapshot of where Delta is planning to fly in May. This schedule, including routes and frequency, remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. Specific restart dates will vary for previously suspended routes due to the lifting of travel restrictions and other operational requirements. *Denotes service will restart in second half of May.
     
  • SAS announced canceled flights for the next 7 days. Please see Here.
     
  • Taiwan: Air Carriers will increase rates again by an estimated 50-60% to US major gateways effective week 20, APAC and Europe rates remain unchanged. 
     
  • Korea: Rate continue a sharp upward trend. Particularly, cargoes  into neighboring countries, as Korea, acts as a sea/air gateway of China eastern coast, due to sky-high level of space demand and consequent rate increase on the Chinese mainland • All cargoes are moving as per ad hoc booking process, alongside ad hoc pricing.
     
  • Australia & New Zealand: Global air cargo capacity appears to have “bottomed-out” as carriers very slowly start to add back some very limited amounts of scheduled passenger flights axed due to lack of demand, or regulatory restriction.This has been offset in very small part by carriers increasing scheduled freighter flights in order to take advantage of the market rates on offer, including using empty passenger aircraft as either ad-hoc or scheduled cargo only flights.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Korea: Busan port : Overall terminal yard capacity tight • Blank sailings & Roll over to all destinations  FR, DE, BE : Lack of space and No direct schedule available at this moment. Shortage of equipment at Busan port • Lock down issue at South-East Asia: Keep checking with carriers to extend free time.
  • Australia & New Zealand: Ocean carriers continue to progressively blank sailings in order to reduce costs where there is a lack of inventory to be shipped. The key routes where this is occurring are those from Asia to Europe, North America and Intra-Asia.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Due to market demand reductions in Far East Asia and Middle East Maersk decided that ports inducement will take place on the corresponding services to ensure the continuity of current coverage with minimal disruption. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Middle East. HERE.
     
  • Maersk is announcing effective May 24’ 2020, we will be transferring to Kudos Terminal for Import and Export shipments from Davao Philippines. Sharing HERE LCT Cut off for our IA5 Service.
     
  • Maersk announced some changes-updates in our service To/From Constanta Romania as follows:
    • Export: The new service will directly call our transshipment port "Port Said East" to connect with main liners to all destinations; which will improve the transit time for some destinations and have different alternatives products out of Port Said East to various destinations.
    • Import: The transit time for all import shipment that routed via Port Said East will improve – decrease by 5 days on average.
    • Vessel ETA/ETD: will remain the same every Wednesday (weekly call), with the current same deadlines.
    • Effective date: 27 May 2020.
       
  • Hapag Lloyd: Asia – South America East Coast Service (AN1, AN2 & AME1) - Blank Sailing Plan COVID-19: the shipping line decided to cancel the following voyages in the AN1, AN2 & AME1 service originating in Asia during May and June 2020. Consequently, please find below the sailing program of AN1, AN2 & AME1 service for the affected period: HERE.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Operations in Malaysia: In view of the Malaysian Government's announcement on Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) starting 4th May 2020, Maersk’s documentation counters throughout Malaysia will operate on a limited timescale  in compliance with the regulations, as follows:
    • 12th till 22nd May: 9am - 4.30pm (no lunch closure) in view of Ramadhan
    • 27th May onwards: 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 5pm (normal operation hours).
       
  • ONE announced expansion of its refrigerated container (reefer) fleet by adding new 5000 (40” HC) units, including 200 units equipped to respond to the demand for the perishable good transportation during this corona crisis.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • ANA further suspended flights on different routes. The Japanese government is making additional efforts toward the drastic bolstering of border security measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and various other countries are bolstering their own measures against the virus as well. The airline decided to make changes to some of their international routes and/or the number of flights that we plan to operate. Scheduled operations and suspensions can be found HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk’s General Status in India: Their offices throughout India remain operational with all staff working remotely from the safety of their own home with adequate IT infrastructure to avoid any disruptions. However, the Government of India has further extended the lockdown with significant relaxation in many zones around the country until 17th May 2020. Revised guidelines for Import Free period: As a special concession to their customers during these challenging times, they will not be charging container detention on all their Import shipments into India for the period from 22nd March to 21st April (both days inclusive). This will be over & above any existing free time arrangement that is currently availed and agreed as a part of any negotiated contractual terms.
     
  • Hapag Lloyd: Terminal Operations​ in Middle East and India. All terminals slightly affected by labor reductions, but operations continue close to normal. Exceptions:
    • India - Port operations at the terminals continue, close to normal. Ports apply quarantine of 14 days for all vessels arriving from China
    • Bangladesh: extended lockdown until May 5, 2020. Terminals working slowly due to shortage of labor
    • Sri Lanka – Curfew extended until May 11, 2020. Slow terminal movement due to lack of workforce

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Emirates Sky Cargo published their latest cargo flights, dated 5 May, which can be read HERE.
     
  • Air France/KLM: Due to constraints in handling operations in mainland China, the company is temporarily unable to organize additional charter operations from and to mainland China. There are no regular scheduled services into China with bookable capacity but there is charter operation service to surrounding gateways, such as Hong Kong and Taipei.
     
  • Singapore Airlines: Covid-19: Singapore Airlines and SilkAir Flight Schedules from May to June 2020. Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will operate a reduced schedule of services from May to June 2020. Please click on the links below for the flight details:


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk is adjusting its Mediterranean Montreal Express (MMX) service! They have decided to discontinue the MMX service and restructure the network. With this adjustment, they will continue to offer the same port pairs with different transit times. They anticipate these adjustments to take effect from 1 June 2020 vessel departure date from Genoa, Italy. The MMX schedules for the month of May 2020 will therefore remain unchanged. For Adjusted Service rotation, please click HERE.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd’s Terminal Operations in Latin America: All terminals slightly affected by labour reductions, but operations continue close to normal with the following exceptions:
    • Ito and Matarani, Peru operates at 50 percent after stevedores union adhering to national curfew.
    • Domenican Republic have gates opened from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM due to national curvew.
    • Guayaquil, Ecuador reaching 80 percent of utilization due shortage of laden trucks as result of curfew in force.
    • Callao, Peru operates with delay and productivity reduced by 20 percent
       
  • Canada: Hamburg Süd announced that due to continued unsatisfactory economic results it will end the Montreal to Western Mediterranean Service. 1.The last eastbound voyage will be Nysted Maersk” voyage 24e departing Montreal on June 14, 2020. 2.The final westbound voyage will be Nysted Maersk” voyage 24w departing Genoa ( Vado Liqure ) on May 25, 2020. Hamburg Süd will continue to provide weekly all water service from Vancouver to the Western Mediterranean and offers service from Canada to and from Latin America, Asia as well as Australia/New Zealand.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • KLM introduces cargo-in-cabin. KLM’s first passenger carrier has departed, carrying cargo not only in its belly, but on the passenger seats and in the baggage bins of the aircraft cabin. KLM operated a B777-300 flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam, ffor the first time introducing the new cargo carrying concept which makes additional space available to ship personal protective equipment (PPE).
     
  • Delta has updated its May schedule to include the addition of Minneapolis-Winnipeg service and adjustment to Atlanta-San Salvador, El Salvador service. While the airline's schedule for the second quarter of 2020 is 85 percent smaller than the same period last year, Delta continues to provide essential service to key cities globally along with essential service throughout the U.S.
     
  • American Airlines Cargo: This month, their widebody flight schedule expands to 126 flights per week between the U.S., Asia Pacific, Europe and Caribbean, Highlights of our May widebody schedule:
    • Two daily flights from Shanghai (PVG) to Los Angeles (LAX)
    • Weekly service between LAX and Sydney (SYD)
    • One daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid (MAD)
    • New service from Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) and London (LHR)
    • New service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Rome (FCO), Zurich (ZRH) and San Juan (SJU)
    • Please click here to download their latest international widebody map and review the table below for details on our May widebody schedule.
       
  • Korea: Purchasing rates are still increasing, particularly for cargoes that are flown into neighbouring countries acting as sea/air gateway of China eastern coast, due to sky-high level of space demand and consequent rate increase in China mainland .All cargoes are moving as per ad hoc booking processes, alongside adhoc pricing.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Terminal announcement - Samba service / North Europe and East Coast of South America. Effective May 2020, their Samba service between North Europe and East Coast of South America will call the ECT Euromax terminal in the port of Rotterdam. The first vessel/voyage departing ECT Euromax will be the CAP SAN MALEAS v-021S with an ETD May 21st, 2020.
     
  • Maersk has launched its first rail service from Xi’an, China to Izmit, Turkey. This new route, which is part of Maersk Intercontinental Rail service network, will in addition to shorter transit time provide customers with wide network options connecting main locations in China and Turkey with diverse range of pre- and on carriage services.
     
  • Korea: Busan port : Overall terminal yard runs tight • Blank sailings & Roll over to all bounds KR- FR, DE, BE : Lack of space and No direct schedule available at this moment Shortage of equipment at Busan port • Lock down issue at South-East Asia: Keep checking with carriers to extend free time.

April 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Lufthansa:Due to continuing national and international travel restrictions, Lufthansa's repatriation flight schedule will preliminary be extended until 31 May. Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines are extending the temporary suspension of their flights further until 31 May.
     
  • ANA Cargo released May freighter flight schedule. More details, please click HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced changes made to the their FEA-EAF network. As of week 21, they will have two weekly services from Asia to Eastern Africa, with one calling Mombasa and one calling Dar Es Salaam.
    • Kenya - Revised Mashariki Express. The revised Mashariki Express will be dedicated to Kenya and the landlocked countries served via the port of Mombasa. The new service will also add a direct Shanghai call. The first call in Shanghai will be on 21st May 2020 with ETA Mombasa on 12th June 2020.
    • Tanzania - New service the Mazuri Express. The new Tanzania service, the Mazuri Express, will be dedicated to Tanzania and landlocked countries served via the port of Dar Es Salaam. The service will turn at hubs in Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas and offer connectivity to the rest of Asia through our various pre-carrier networks. The first call in Singapore on the new setup will be the 2nd June 2020 and ETA Dar Es Salaam 15th June 2020.
       
  • Hapag Lloyd: Middle East & India Terminal Operation Status. All terminals slightly affected by labor reductions, but operations continue close to normal. Exceptions:
    • India - Port operations at the terminals continue, close to normal. Ports apply quarantine of 14 days for all vessels arriving from China
    • Bangladesh: extended lockdown until May 5, 2020. Terminals working slowly due to shortage of labor
    • Sri Lanka – Curfew extended until May 4, 2020. Slow terminal movement due to lack of workforce

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta:  has made updates to its May schedule. While the airline's schedule for the second quarter of 2020 is 85 percent smaller than the same period last year, Delta continues to provide essential service to key cities globally along with essential service throughout the U.S. *Denotes service will restart in second half of May. Details can be found HERE.
     
  • Virgin Atlantic: announces over 90 cargo-only flights a week in May. Virgin Atlantic will operate over 90 cargo-only flights per week in May as it helps customers reopen vital trade lanes connecting the UK with prime freight markets in the US, Hong Kong and China, India, Israel and South Africa.
    • First-ever cargo-only flights from Dublin to London with same day connections to New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Johannesburg  
    • Twice-weekly flights relaunched to Mumbai
    • Additional aircraft available for exclusive cargo charters 


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk will implement 2 additional ad-hoc blanking for the MECL sailings in week 18 & 20 on the Middle East– India Subcontinent to North America network. Vessel/Voyage and ETA details as per HERE.
     
  • Hapag Lloyd: Status of Terminal Operations​ in Europe. Some terminals have been slightly affected by labor reductions, but operations are being carried out as efficiently as possible.
    • Italy: Terminals are operating with delays due to reduced staff and sanitary restrictions.
    • Spain: slight impact on productivity, no other disruptions due to COVID-19 at the moment.
    • Portugal: Due to the declared state of emergency, the stevedores ́ strike in Lisbon has been effectively suspended. Terminals in Lisbon are operating regularly.
    • Egypt: Damietta Damietta / Alexandria / Port Said / Sokhna: All ports and terminals are operating regularly (including yard and gate-movement)
    • Turkey: Authorities have expanded physical health check at anchorage for vessels arriving from 68 countries at first Turkish Port; possible delays may occur.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Canada: Air Canada Cargo introduces new scheduled cargo flights to/from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Mexico and an additional flight to/from Frankfurt.
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Amsterdam (AMS) – 1 flight per week
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Copenhagen (CPH – 1 flight per week
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Frankfurt (FRA) – 3 extra flights per week + ongoing daily service
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Mexico City (MEX) – 3 flights per week
    • Montreal (YUL) > Tel Aviv (TLV) – 2 flights per week
    • Four flights a week have also been scheduled between Toronto and Los Angeles


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to utilize overhead bin space of widebody aircraft for cargo. This measure allows the airline to maximize capacity on its cargo-only charters to better meet customer demand.
     
  • Emirates’ detailed cargo flight schedules can be found HERE.
     
  • Operational challenges at PVG:Due to huge volume of medical supplies (breathing machines / masks, etc. ) and with high inspection rate on these products requested by the government, we are seeing that PVG export handling process has been impacted and we anticipate seeing issues for shipments that will miss the cut-off time due to the handling process that has been impacted due to this high inspection rate. There are long queues to enter the terminal premises.
    - Currently we are seeing daily at least 10-15 charter flights out of PVG to ship masks and other medical supplies
    - The inspection rate for medical facilities is over 90%
    - PVG handling process is herefore impacted and sometimes delayed by as much as 20 hours 
    Due to this situation:
    - We potentially will miss the cut-off times and miss the uplift time.
    - Shipments are at risk if they miss the Customs’ 72-hour cut-off (to cancel or do re-clearance)
    We will continuously monitor the situation and keep you posted.
     
  • Singapore: Flights cancellations still on-going with last minute changes/ cancellation. Very limited carrier choices for EU, US to AU&NZ. Rates are increasing everyday due to high demand with no space guarantee, to intra Asia, EU and US.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk’s Komodo Service Update: Additional Blanking. On top of our already announced blank sailing in relation to reduced market demand from South-East Asia, Maersk will be making some schedule adjustments to our Komodo service. The following scheduled Komodo sailings will be cancelled:
    • Imports to Australia: CMA CGM Rossini 020S, ETD Jakarta 12th May 2020
    • Exports from Australia: CMA CGM Rossini 022N, ETD Brisbane 31st May 2020
       
  • Hapag-Lloyd: South America West Coast - Asia Service (JCS) - Blank Sailing Plan COVID-19. The company implemented the following void sailing on our JCS service from Latin America to Far East: Service-JSC, Vessel-APL Salalah, voyage-OPP6MW1MA departing on 7 June, first call at PAMIT.
     
  • Colombia: Steam shipping lines are taking actions during the current situation, and we have received the following updates:
    • HAPAG/HSUD: have established special cost (USD 25/day) for additional free days or special open days for bookings handled in their platform.
    • HAPAG will change the IMO2020 charging methodology; from now, this charge will be included in the ocean freight.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: CHX and ABX additional blanking plan. Maersk has decided that ports inducement will take place on the corresponding services to ensure the continuity of current coverage with minimal disruption. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Indian Subcontinent and Middle East.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • ANA: Changes have been made to the routes (East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia/Oceania, North America/South America/Hawaii, Europe). (Update 22 April 2020) More detail, HERE.
     
  • Singapore: Flights cancellations  are still on-going with last minute changes/ cancellations. Very limited carrier choices for EU, US to AU&NZ. Rates are increasing everyday due to high demand with no space guarantee, to intra Asia, EU and US.
     
  • Malaysia: MH Flight cancellation is on going with critical space situation, mainly to intra Asia destinations. Rates are changing on hourly basis.
     
  • Indonesia: Airlines warehouses still operate for export and import. Only  Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Airways for air export with tight cargo space condition and fluctuating rates. For CAO or cargo aircraft or freighter service still operate : RAYA Airways, MY INDO and route from CGK-SIN and CGK-KUL. 
     
  • Vietnam:  Airfreight volume going down about 70%. Carrier continue to cut flights from VN to EU because they do not have the import cargo to VN, only export can not cover cost for both sides. Therefore space is very limited from next week.  
     
  • Thailand: The market is still slight for cargo demanding but based on limitation of fights operating causing shortage of space with high competition to get space during agents (more than 100 cargo agents in TH) for airline’s space during this crisis period.  


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • More Eastbound Services to go-round the Cape of Good Hope: Alphaliner has identified more carriers who will be avoiding the Suez Canal on their eastbound voyage from Europe to Asia and opt for the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope. Ships on at least three US East Coast to Asia services are also taking the longer route back via the Cape to avoid paying the Suez Canal toll fees as low oil prices and a surplus of inactive ships push carriers to take the longer route.
    • The 2M carriers will use the Cape route on the eastbound leg of the 'AE-6 / Lion' service that deploys 11,000-19,000 teu tonnage on a pendulum service covering North Europe-Asia-US West Coast. An extra week will be added to the rotation to cater for the longer distance, bringing the rotation to 18 weeks. The 2M carriers are also expected to use the Cape route on their remaining eastbound voyages on the 'AE-2 / Swan' service. This service was temporarily suspended in April, starting with westbound sailings loading in China on 10 April.
    • Evergreen is taking the Cape route for its 'NEU6 / CEM' service operated within the OCEAN Alliance framework with 11 ships of 20,000 teu. The 20,244 teu EVER GLOBE departed from Rotterdam on 9 April and have taken the longer eastbound route to Colombo, by-passing the Suez.
    • CMA CGM has also sent the 10,010 teu CMA CGM CHENNAI on the Cape route on her return from the US East Coast to Asia. The ship is deployed on the OCEAN Alliance’s 'AWE3 / Columbus Suez' pendulum service and departed from Charleston on 8 April. She is scheduled to arrive at Port Kelang on 13 May after taking the longer return leg via the Cape and avoiding the usual Suez route. Two more CMA CGM ships on the 'AWE6 / PEX3' service are also taking a similar route from Miami in the USEC to Singapore, the 8,465 teu CMA CGM LA SCALA and the 6,477 teu CMA CGM MAUPASSANT.
    • THE Alliance also started to take the same route on their 'EC4 / SUEZ1' service, starting with the 14,026 teu NYK SWAN that departed from New York on 12 April and followed by the 13,870 teu MEISHAN BRIDGE on 18 April. The service’s normal rotation calls at New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York ...(Suez Canal)... Singapore, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore ...(Suez Canal)... New York.
       
  • MSC has today announced the temporarily suspension of the Europe-India ‘IPAK’ service operated jointly with CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd who brand the service respectively as ‘EPIC 1’ and ‘IOS 2’ (See details). The suspension is a reaction to the lockdown in India following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has a detrimental effect on Indian exports while import containers are piling up in the major Indian ports.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Air Canada: Announced effective Monday, April 20th, the free storage period will be three days. For any shipment received prior to April 20th, the previous 10-day storage limit will apply, but new shipments arriving April 20th will be subject to the revised free storage limits. The free storage period of 24 hours for specialized freight remains unchanged.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Cosco implemented blank sailings program of OCEAN Alliance services for April to May 2020. The details are as followed:
    • Asia/North Europe: 17 blank sailings
    • Asia/Mediterranean Sea: 9 blank sailings
    • Transpacific: 23 blank sailings
    • Transatlantic: 2 blank sailings
    • Middle East and Red Sea services: 14 blank sailings
    • More details each route can be found HERE.
       
  • The 2M alliance partners today announced two more blank sailings from Asia to the US Gulf, seeing “further reduction in demand” on the route.
     
  • China: Out of Hubei:All FTL and LTL routings are back to normal. Hubei Province:FTL transport is available from/to all cities in Hubei province.LTL service will be available to all Hubei region including Wuhan since 8 APR, but the pickup/delivery cost at Hubei will be higher than normal period. 

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Luthansa Increasing connections to North America in CW 17:
    • Freighter services to New York (JFK) will be increased to five weekly services this week instead of four and will continue to be served via Toronto (YYZ).
    • Atlanta (ATL) will be served nine times a week instead of five and Chicago (ORD) ten times instead of eight. Both connections will no longer be served via YYZ until further notice.
    • Los Angeles (LAX) will be served four times a week instead of three times.
       
  • Emirates’ cargo capacity has been added to AMD/DEL/KHI/LHE/MAA, in addition to the passenger cargo flights, below are the details:
    • EK9818   from DXB to AMD, 6 times weekly
    • EK9206   from DXB to DEL, 5 times weekly
    • EK9350 from DXB to KHI, 3 times weekly
    • EK9232 from DXB to LHE, 4 times weekly
    • EK9214   from DXB to MAA, 2 times weekly
       
  • IAG Cargo: From 22nd April 2020 we will be offering a daily cargo-only service from London to Johannesburg:                                          
    • LHR-JNB  22nd  April             
    • JNB-LHR  23rd  April                         
    • LHR-JNB 23rd April - 30th April          
    • JNB-LHR  24th April - 1st May  
       
  • New Zealand: Ex AsiaMarket rates out of China & Hong Kong remain high week on week. Current Week 15 offerings: PVG to SYD - A$20.00 per kg HKG to SYD - A$11.00 ++ per kg. SQ Hub Cargo has cleared 160T backlog for AU/NZ in the last 2 weeks, small amounts of shipments remaining to be uplifted. SQ are running 8 x Freighter Aircraft per week through to AU/NZ, as well as 5-10 PAX CAO flights destined for PER/SYD/MEL. Ex Europe: Space is extremely limited with options being changed on a  day to day basis. Discussions about sustainable options are ongoing, CX ex FRA-HKG, HKG-AU appears to be the solution. Ex USA: Space is extremely limited with options being changed on a  daily basis. Freight collect traffic to be supported through DFW or ATL.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk announced it will blank below listed TP1. We aim to minimize the impact to our customers by securing reliable alternative routings.HERE.
     
  • MSC: announced additional blank sailings on its Maple service during week 19 to rationalize capacity supply from Asia to the US and Canada. A contingency plan will be in place allowing the continuation of bookings with limited disruption to cargo flows, via alternative services.
    • WEEK 19 OMISSION: Maple service-Blanking vessel MSC PEGASUS voyage 019N, ETS 8/05/2020 which rotates as follows: Nansha – Yantian – Shanghai – Busan – Yokohama – Prince Rupert – Vancouver. Both Yokohama and Prince Rupert shall be induced to the Eagle vessel Northern Jasper to cover for the Japan cargo and a Prince Rupert discharge.
    • WEEK 22 OMISSIONMaple service-Blanking vessel SM PEGASUS voyage 022S, ETS 28/05/2020 which rotates as follow: Prince Rupert – Vancouver – Nansha – Yantian – Shanghai - Busan.
       
  • New Zealand: Key industry bodies (Freight & Trade Alliance)  and (Australian Peak Shippers Association) have continued its advocacy to: prevent increases in stevedore imposed Infrastructure Surcharges (now more appropriately referred to as "Terminal Access Charges"), particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic; and introduce regulation to remove the imposition of Terminal Access Charges with stevedores to recover operating costs via their commercial clients (shipping lines).

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Cathay Pacific: its  table outlines the restrictions by country/region. As these restrictions may change at short notice, the airline is sharing a table giving overview of travel restrictions in different countries HERE.
     
  • Austrian Airlines has temporarily suspended regular flight operations as of March 18, 2020. Currently, all Austrian Airlines flights are cancelled until May 17, 2020.
     
  • Canada: Menzies Aviation announced implementation of emergency handling surcharge at the Calgary Airport effective April 20 until further notice. COVID 19 related medicines, medical equipment, PPE and pharmaceutical materials, as well as human remains and humanitarian relief goods, are exempt from the surcharge.
     
  • Singapore: Flight cancellations still on-going with last minute changes.  Very limited carrier choices for EU, US to AU&NZ. Rates are increasing everyday due to high demand with no space guarantee, to intra-Asia, EU and US. EY, 3S, CK, 7L launched freighter/ cargo freighter/ charter to meet the market demand to intra-Asia and EU. 
     
  • Malaysia: MH Flight cancellations are on-going with critical space situation, mainly to intra-Asian destinations. Rates are changing on hourly basis.
     
  • Indonesia: Airlines warehouses still operational for export and import. Only Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Airways operate for  export with tight cargo space condition and fluctuating rates. For CAO or cargo aircraft or freighter service still operate: RAYA Airways, MY INDO and routes from CGK-SIN and CGK-KUL. For domestics cargo, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Garuda Airways, Citilink and flight movements drop 60% from normally 900 outgoing flight per day to 200-300 outgoing flight per day.  
     
  • Vietnam: Vietnam airfreight volume is going down, the capacity from Vietnam is better than before because more and more carriers are sending charters to Vietnam. 
     
  • Thailand: The market is has cargo demand but based on limitations to fight operations caused by shortage of space with high competition to get space.   So rates apply on case by case basis and are on the very high side especially to Europe.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Seasonal Capacity Adjustment on MED/Canada Services due to Covid-19 Impact. Maersk will be taking out one vessel from the MMX service rotation – which will not be replaced and result in blanking the MMX every 5 weeks; starting as of week 16 outbound Mediterranean till week 36 outbound Mediterranean.  The services are expected to resume subject to improved market demand of which we will inform you in due course. Details can be found HERE.
     
  • ONE: announced changes to Australia Service 1 (AU1): Original AU1 Service Rotation (last voyage shall be MAERSK SEMARANG 2013N) Leam Chabang – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Port Kelang – Fremantle – Adelaide – Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane – Singapore – Port Kelang – Tanjung Pelepas – Leam Chabang. Revised AU1 Service Rotation (effective voyage shall be CSAV Toconao 2014N/2019S) Tanjung Pelepas – Port Kelang – Singapore – Fremantle – Adelaide – Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane – Tanjung Pelepas.
     
  • MSC will temporarily suspend the NWC to IPAK service, effective from week 20 until end of June.  Last sailing on NWC to IPAK will be: Vessel APL NEW YORK, voyage OEG62E, ETA Southampton 04 May 2020. During this period, we will continue to offer Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Red Sea & East Africa with our Himalaya Express service.
     
  • 2M lines, (Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co): are to temporarily suspend their jointly-operated North Europe/USEC service, known respectively as the TA4/NEUATL4 service.
    The temporary suspension, aimed at addressing the lower market demand brought about because of the Corona Virus problems, will last for five weeks (Weeks 18-22). 
    Week 18 sailing was intended to be made by the 5,078 teu Orca, from Antwerp on April 27th, Week 22 by the 4,250 teu, Orca 1- Delete
    TA4/NEUATL4 service details :
    *Port rotation : Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Liverpool, New York, Savannah, Port Everglades, Charleston, Antwerp;*Weekly capacity : 5,220 teu
  • Canada: CBSA is temporarily reducing service hours at a total of 27 Canadian low traffic ports of entry (POE) along the Canada United States land borders The temporary hour adjustments are in effect as of April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT and will remain in effect until the expiration date of the Order in Council made under the Quarantine Act prohibiting entry into Canada from the United States.
     
  • Vietnam: Airfreight volume going down about 70%. Carrier continue to cut flights from Vietnam to Europe because they do not have the import cargo to Vietnam, only export can not cover cost for both sides. Therefore space is very limited from next week.  

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Emirates is operating limited passenger flights to carry travellers outbound from the UAE to some destinations. Current flights are operating from Dubai to: London Heathrow (four times weekly), Frankfurt (thrice-weekly), Manila (15, 16, 20, 22 and 24 April), Algiers (16 April), Taipei (18 April), and Chicago (18 April). 
     
  • Qatar Airway: With immediate effect, an embargo has been imposed on Betel leaves shipments. Carriage of Betel leaves is prohibited on any Qatar Airways flights as cargo to or via Doha, Qatar.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk’s operations in Qatar: The company announced that all delivery order/Gate pass validity requests received in their email up to 2 pm will be released within 2 - 3 hours on the same day as they work remotely after 2 pm. Hence, a longer response time, extra 2-3 hours, is expected to attend any requests.
     
  • ONE: Current lockdowns may affect ONE’s business and put customers in a position where they are unable to present original Bills of Lading for cargo delivery as a result of bills being stranded in-transit or being unable to be surrendered due to a sudden closure of ONE’s office at a particular destination. Sea Waybills are the preferred transport document since delivery of shipments under Sea Waybills does not need to be made against production of the Sea Waybill itself and, as such, ONE would encourage customers to consider same in the first instance, where suitable.
     
  • Evergreen combines Asia - USWC and Far East - MiddleEast loops into ‘TPA’ pendulum: Evergreen has announced the launch of a USWC - Asia - Middle East 'Transpacific Arabian' (TPA) service through the combination of its Transpacific ‘TPS’ with the Far East-Middle East Gulf ‘APG’. A new eastbound call at Cai Mep will be added in the process. The new ‘TPA’ will turn in twelve weeks with 12 x 6,300-7,000 teu ships (all provided by Evergreen) calling at Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shekou, Port Kelang (Westport), Jebel Ali, Umm Qasr, Jebel Ali, Port Kelang, Cai Mep, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Taipei, Los Angeles.  The pendulum service will be launched with the 23 April sailing of the 7,023 teu EVER SHINE from Shanghai to the Middle East.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Canada: In order to sustain service delivery, Swissport is forced to introduce a COVID-19 Emergency Support Surcharge to be collected from the clearing agent and applicable to all import cargo processed through our facilities. This shall apply to import cargo handled loose, warehouse transfers, and pre-built units. A surcharge of $35.00 CAD per MAWB will be applicable as of 15th April 2020 and until further notice. This surcharge shall not apply to the following shipments: COVID-19 related medicines, pharmaceuticals, human remains & humanitarian relief goods, export cargo.
     
  • Delta: is suspending Atlanta-Toronto, Minneapolis-Saskatoon, and JFK-Montreal (effective 15 April). Atlanta-Cancun has also been suspended (except 25 April). In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Delta continues to make adjustments to scheduled service systemwide based on CDC guidelines, government travel restrictions and reduced customer demand. A snapshot of where you can find Delta flying in April outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico HERE.
     
  • ANA: makes changes to flight dates and reduced their frequency. This decision affects a number of flights departing Europe and will have a huge impact on your business. The updated schedule for cargo space for the summer 2020 is as HERE.
     
  • Emirates: Due to the unprecedented situation, Emirates SkyCargo has created a dedicated passenger 777 ER (cargo only) network. This is in addition to their existing robust scheduled freighter network. For the latest cargo flight schedules, please find them HERE
     
  • Singapore Airlines: SIA and SilkAir will continue to adjust our services in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please note that all other flights that had been scheduled for April 2020 will be cancelled.
     
  • LATAM: LATAM Cargo has adjusted its international itinerary to strengthen its airfreight links between Latin America and Europe with addition of a seventh weekly service utilising one of its B767 freighters . As part of the new itinerary, LATAM Cargo will use Amsterdam as its main point of entry into Europe. LATAM’s use of the European hub will benefit exporters of perishables from countries in Latin America, including Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Brazil. LATAM Cargo’s return route will originate in Frankfurt, Germany, and will enable cargo such as medical equipment and supplies, and electronics, to be exported from Frankfurt to Latin America.LATAM Cargo has also strengthened its routes between North America and Latin America with the addition of Los Angeles and Mexico City as destinations for its airfreight flights.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • APL: announced void sailings on our Asia-Indian Subcontinent services in April to ensure balance between supply and demand. For the details on the routes and dates, please click HERE.
     
  • Hapag Lloyd: Due to lack of cargo caused by the current COVID-19 situation, the company announced the void sailing in week 16 for Mediterranean Gulf Express Service (MGX). More details can be found HERE
     
  • MSC: despite a Cyber attack cargo is still flowing seamlessly. The “network outage” that began on Thursday evening was limited to its headquarters in Geneva and its online operations, while its global office network was unaffected.MSC operates different IT systems to separate headquarters from the agencies network to ensure that in case of an issue they cannot affect each other. In this case, the issue is limited to one of their data centres in Geneva, effecting solely some internal data processes.Their agencies worldwide continue to work as usual; all MSC departments, terminals and depots are serving customers regularly and cargo is flowing without interruptions.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Korea: Updated air carriers situation HERE.
     
  • Quatar: Ground operation conditions in India continue to be challenging due to the nationwide lockdown. The company has placed a temporary embargo on cargo into BOM & DEL which is non-essential (GCR). Essential cargo is classified as medical, temperature controlled and COVID related commodities. The embargo is still in place, The Qatar Airways is assessing the situation every week and will announce up-dates if anything changes.
     
  • Australia: The lack of passenger flights with belly hold capacity due to the suspension of passenger services by most of the international carriers, including Qantas and Virgin, combined with a limited number of freighter services, has seen freight rates increase substantially. Despite the high rates, there are import backlogs particularly ex USA, Singapore and Europe. Exports are moving better depending on the destination. Passenger airlines are being incentivised by higher freight rates, to convert Passenger to Cargo (P2C) aircraft to carry freight only. Freighter operators Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qatar have added freight capacity to the Australian market.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • The Alliance:  revises schedules for May and June: the members of The Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming, have revised schedules for May and June to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. The details of blank sailings are announced as below:
    • In Asia and North Europe, the alliance’s FE2 and FE4 loops will be merged from week 19 to week 26 with the combined service to be named as FE2. FE2’s rotation will be as follows: Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Singapore, (North Continent ports rotation subject to berth window availability), Singapore and Pusan.
    • For Asia and the Mediterranean, its MD1 service will be void in week 19, 21, 23, and 25 – MD2 will be void in week 20, week 22, week 24 and week 26 while MD3 will be void on week 19, week 22 and week 24.
    • Its’ PS3, PN3, and PN4 services on the Transpacific – West Coast loop will be void on week 19, week 21, week 23, and week 25 with PS4 services void on alternate weeks (20, 22, 24, 26).
    • PS5 will be suspended from week 19 until week 26 although its EC3 service on the Transpacific – East Coast (via Panama and Suez Canals) remains merged with EC1.
    • The Asia and Middle East AG1 and AG3 loops will be merged from week 19 to week 26, named AG3, with the rotation as follows: Qingdao, Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Hamad, Jubail, Abu Dhabi, Sohar, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Qingdao.
    • Additionally, in the AG2 a westbound direct call to Xiamen port will be added from week 19 to week 26 with the latest rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Port Kelang, Jebel Ali, Hamad, Umm Qasr, Hamad, Jebel Ali, Singapore and Shanghai.
       
  • Maersk has endeavoured to make a series of blanked sailings to match demand between Far East Asia and Middle East. Impacted Trade: Far East Asia to/from Middle East. For more information, please click HERE .
    • In addition, Maersk will adjust the schedule of its Dragon service to ensure it will continue to provide South China coverage, by adding a call at Hong Kong both southbound and northbound. The first voyage to incorporate Hong Kong will be the MOL Genesis 017S / 020N ETD Yokohama 21 April.
    • Maersk will be seasonally suspending its YoYo service as of Week 18 until the end of June. The final voyage before the suspension will depart Xiamen on 22 April and Melbourne on 11 May. The service is expected to resume subject to improved market demand.
       
  • ONE is suspending the China Australia service (CAE) which is jointly operated with Maersk and MSC. This suspension is expected to last until at least the end of the second quarter of 2020. Alternative cover of the CAE ports is provided by inducing a Hong Kong call to the North East Asia Australia (AUN) Service, also jointly operated with the same consortia – Maersk and MSC, according to ONE.
     
  • Sweden: Gothenburg Port Authority has implemented a solution within the port’s Railport system to a sudden shift in demand for Swedish imported goods in the wake of the Coronavirus, which has led to a need for an interim storage of goods that have already been ordered and are on their way to Sweden, mainly in containers. A number of Railport terminals with direct rail links to the Port of Gothenburg are now ready to step in as interim storage points for containers and trailers, bringing the goods closer to their final destination. Space for external storage is offered at the following terminals: Logent Ports and Terminals (Gothenburg), Falköping, Hallsberg, Eskilstuna, Karlstad, Insjön, Vaggeryd, Nässjö.
     
  • Japan: Due to the emergency measures, the Ports in Tokyo are anticipating a shortage of labour force and lower level of operation activities. Hapag Lloyd closed all offices and counters on 9th April upon the Emergency declaration.
     
  • Korea: Updated ocean carriers situation HERE.
     
  • New Zealand: The New Zealand lockdown is seeing the ports of Lyttelton, Tauranga and Auckland Metroport getting congested with too many containers being stored. Essential containers are given priority for rail transfer to Metroport, whilst other non-essential containers will be railed as and when capacity is available.
     
  • Australia: Australian ports remain fully operational, facilitating the import of goods.There will be seasonal suspension to the YoYo service as of (Week 18) start of MAY until the end of June. The final voyage before the suspension will depart Xiamen on 22nd April and Melbourne on 11th May. The impact on exports as ‘backhaul cargo’ will be determined by the number of sailings and blank sailings implemented over the months ahead.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • KLM: has backtracked on its decision to ground its combi aircraft by using them to set up an air bridge between Amsterdam and China.The aircraft will operate two weekly flights to Beijing and three a week to Shanghai, adding some 250 tonnes of capacity each way per week. 
     
  • Delta Cargo:Delta Cargo has expanded its pick-up and delivery service allowing customers to ship larger and heavier items.Advantages of the service include end-to-end tracking of the shipment and real-time status updates.Drivers with cargo incoming from cargo flights will offer a door-to-door service for shipments sent within the US.
     
  • Air Canada: currently offering 4 flights per week between PVG and YYZ . From April 11 th this will be a daily service.



OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • MSC: has announced four additional container wayport storage hubs as part of its Covid-19 suspension of transit (SOT) offering to shippers looking to avoid congestion and high storage costs at destination ports on non-essential goods; these are Freeport (Bahamas), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Las Palmas (Spain).
     
  • Ocean Alliance carrier CMA CGM  unveiled a in-transit storage product which it called Delay in Transit (DIT) and which would facilitate the “slowing of non-urgent shipments”. The new product would allow shippers to “temporarily store their containers in a dedicated hub until the recipient is ready for them to arrive at the final destination shown on the final bill of lading.” CMA CGM’s DIT product applies to the transhipment hubs of Algeciras, Malta, Piraeus, Tanger Med, Busan and Kingston.
     
  • Canada: Fitch Ratings said Canadian ports, including the ports of Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, will maintain relatively strong financial profiles during the COVID-19 crisis and rebound quickly once the crisis is over. This comes despite the expected sharp declines in cargo volumes and cruise activity at the ports. Fitch explained in an April 6 statement that the expected quick rebound is due to the strength and resilience of the respective markets in which the ports operate and the financial cushion they derive from their revenue mix.
     
  • China: Out of Hubei all FTL and LTL routings are back to normal. In Hubei Province FTL transport is available from/to all cities in Hubei province.
    LTL service will be available to all Hubei region including Wuhan since 8 APR, but the pickup/delivery cost at Hubei will be higher than normal period.

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Air Canada: Air Canada has significantly reduced its number of flights as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak but it is utilising its fleet to transport cargo to keep supply chains moving.In an operations update, Air Canada said that it has capacity on scheduled widebody flights operating on routes between Canada, Europe and Asia.
    Capacity is also available on four weekly cargo-only flights to and from Shanghai — and there is a possibility that it will add additional scheduled flights to and from Shanghai too.
     
  • Cathay: All customers arriving in Hong Kong will be required to undergo a medical test for the COVID-19 virus upon completion of all health, immigration, customs and quarantine clearance requirements. To help prepare for their arrival in Hong Kong, Airport teams shall ensure that customers are advised of this medical assessment process at check-in.
     
  • Emirates made several announcements as follows:

    Approval obtained to fly passengers outbound from the UAE to some destinations from 06 April.

    Current flights are operating from Dubai to Zurich and Brussels (until 11 April), Paris (until 12 April) and London Heathrow, Frankfurt (until 19 April).

    Stringent entry restrictions remain in place at these destinations as well as others across the world; travellers advised to check before travel.

    Safety and wellbeing of customers and crew remain Emirates’ top priorities.

    All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk will be adjusting the sailing frequency on the Masiika and Mawingu services. The April sailings to be blanked on the Masiika and Mawingu services are listed HERE. We expect to resume weekly sailings subject to improved market demand to which they will inform the customers in due course. Maersk will continue to review the demand picture and continuously adjust deployed capacity to match.

    ONE: Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, the members of THE Alliance have revised schedules for May and June to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. Find out more HERE.  
     
  • Colombia: Maersk and Hamburg Sud have cancelled the service from the Far East to West Coast South America, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, other steam shipping lines are taking decisions on blank sailings and are considering offering a bieweekly service, as opposed to weekly, because they are working at only 70% of their capacity. 
     
  • India: Technically ports are operational but there is minimal ground activity at ports. There are increased blank sailing at the ports due to cargo not being delivered to the port for shipment. Movement of the cargo is still very limited within the port due to shortage of operators and internal transport vehicles.
     
  • The Port of Los Angeles reported a year-over-year March volume drop of 30.9%.It moved 449,568 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in March. That’s the lowest amount of monthly cargo moved through the port since February 2009. With U.S. retailers and cargo owners scaling back orders, volumes are soft even though factories in China are beginning to produce more.March imports decreased 25,9% to 220,225 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports decreased 23.8% to 121,146 TEUs. Empty containers declined 44.5% to 108,168 TEUs. 

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • Lufthansa: Announced a significant restructuring that includes a permanent reduction in capacity and the consolidation of several flight operations within the airline group. The company said the board of directors made the decisions because it expects global travel restrictions won’t be completely lifted for months and that it will take years until worldwide demand for air travel returns to levels before the coronavirus crisis.The rush to fly urgently needed medical equipment and pharmaceuticals from China to Europe amid the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has pushed rates on the route to record levels, according to the latest data from Freight Investor Services (FIS).The price per kilogram rose almost 36 percent in the past week to $6.22/kg, which FIS noted was largely the result of air cargo rates from Shanghai to Europe soaring 42 percent to a never-before-seen $7.33 per kg. ( JOC April 6th).
     
  • Canada: BA/IAG Cargo is adding additional flight with a daily service in Toronto starting on April 8. This brings its LHR connections to seven flights a week.
     
  • Singapore: Flights cancellations still on-going with last minute changes/ cancellation. Very limited carrier choices for EU, US to AU&NZ. Rates are increasing everyday due to high demand with no space guarantee, to intra Asia, EU and US.
     
  • Malaysia: MH Flight cancellation is on-going with critical space situation, mainly to intra Asia destinations. Rates are changing on hourly basis. 

    • Indonesia: Airline warehouses still operate for export and import. Only Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Airways are available for air export with tight cargo space condition and fluctuating rates. For CAO or cargo aircraft or freighter service still operate : RAYA Airways, MY INDO and route from CGK-SIN and CGK-KUL. 

    • Vietnam: VN airfreight volume is going down, the capacity from VN is better than before because more and more carrier send charter to VN.

    • Thailand: Heavily impacted by airlines cancelling flight and shipment/volume drops both for export and import.  Also, some shippers have cancelled shipments as cargo is not ready for collection. It is expected that there will be a temporary shortage of materials and production, as well as workers.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • 2M: Announce extended transit time of seven days EUROPE to Asia on AE2 and AE6 services.
     
  • Colombia: FITAC (Freight forwarders and customs association) is reporting a major backlog at ports and is requesting that cargo is removed from port terminals to allow the arrival of new cargo and minimize the risk of damage, storage capacity and port collapse. Maersk and Hamburg Sud have cancelled the service from the Far East to West Coast South America, Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.
     
  • Malaysia: 2nd round of delivery of non-essential goods from all sea ports is expected to open from 4th to 7th April 2020. acity.
     
  • Indonesia: Sea port operate as usual, no change in operation hours. 

AIR FREIGHT: 

  • The rush to fly urgently needed medical equipment and pharmaceuticals from China to Europe amid the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has pushed rates on the route to record levels, according to the latest data from Freight Investor Services (FIS).The price per kilogram rose almost 36 percent in the past week to $6.22/kg, which FIS noted was largely the result of air cargo rates from Shanghai to Europe soaring 42 percent to a never-before-seen $7.33 per kg. ( JOC April 6th).


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • The steep reduction in cargo volumes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing Maersk and CMA CGM to temporarily reorganize their offering and adjust capacity between the Middle East, the Indian Sub-Continent, South Africa and West Africa. ( Alphaliner April 6).
     
  • Record low oil prices, an increasing tonnage surplus, and a drop in imports from major national economies has prompted ocean carriers to re-route some Asia-Europe tonnage from the Suez Canal corridor to the Cape of Good Hope route. Alphaliner April 3rd ).
     
  • CTS report (Container Trade Statistics) report a decrease in volume for Feb 2020 of 23% on Asia to north America Trade, and 31,98% decrease from Asia to Europe: YTD Feb 2020, global ocean freight volume has decreased by 1 million TEUs vs last year. 

AIR FREIGHT:

  • ANA Cargo is further suspending or reducing International passenger flights in April and announced the Partial Operation Plan Change of International Routes due to Coronavirus which can be found HERE
     
  • Delta: announced the suspension of its one remaining UK passenger flight after Monday 6 April until further notice. They also advise not to tender consignments for flights after 6th April. Delta will continue to offer transatlantic capacity with lower-deck charter flights and they are looking at the feasibility of operating a split-charter service weekly from London LHR.
     
  • Lufthansa announced further adjustments of its freighter schedule in week 15:
    • Mainland China will be served 13 times a week in future. Until further notice, the rotations will include Seoul-Incheon (ICN). Shanghai (PVG) will be served 10 times instead of 8 times a week in future, Beijing (PEK) three times instead of twice. The stop in Chengdu (CTU) within the Shanghai rotation will be temporarily cancelled next week.
       
    • Direct flights to and from India are discontinued until further notice. Service to the subcontinent will still be provided as part of the Hong Kong (HKG) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) rotations. Thus, Bengaluru (BLR)
       
  • Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will operate a reduced summer schedule. This consists of its so-called ‘skeleton network’, operated by passenger aircraft and in combination with its regular full freighter network and trucking stations.
     
  • Etihad announced new cargo capacity availability on AMS-AUH & STN-AUH as per schedule HERE.
     
  • Taiwan: EVA Airways only accept “Express” booking to US, Express rates are applicable to ALL US destination, all BSA/Contract rates will cease until further notice. China Airlines has increased freight rates by 40% to all US destinations effective 8 April. Market demand remains strong and there are expected delays of 4-5days. Cargolux, China Airlines, Eva Airways, Emirates(EK) announced a fuel surcharge adjustment effective 1 April 2020.
     
  • Korea: Updated air carriers situation HERE.
     
  • Canada:Air Canada announced the extension of the free storage period for import general cargo from current 2 days to 10 days, at all Canadian stations. Special cargo will continue to have 24 hours free storage. Air Canada is accepting bookings on priority rates only. KL has decreased flights to 3 per week out of YYZ and similar reductions expected from YVR too.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find all the updates HERE.
     
  • Maersk has endeavored to make a series of blanked sailings to match demand from Indian Subcontinent and Middle East to North Europe and Mediterranean. They will make alternated blank sailings between ME1, ME2 and ME3 services as described HERE  to ensure our customers face as little business disruption.
     
  • Korea: Updated ocean carriers situation HERE.
     
  • Canada: Shipping lines have advised no change or extensions yet to free demurrage & detention days. Shipping lines announce several blank sailings in April on the Transpacific routes. CMA announced pre-pull service to avoid port/rail terminal storage charges. Costs are higher than regular market rates.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Israel Airlines: EL AL Israel Airlines is operating cargo-only flights utilising its passenger aircraft in response to a reduction in flights, the closure of borders and the increasing demand for medical equipment such as face masks and other essential goods. The removal of the seats in the passenger aircraft allows the aircraft to carry around 50 tons of cargo or in volume terms they have around 200 cu m of space. The converted aircraft will be used by EL AL’s cargo division to meet market demand on routes to New York, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
     
  • Oman Air: Oman Air will operate cargo-only passenger aircraft flights between China and Oman for the Ministry of Health to transport medical supplies and other necessities. The flights will be operated exclusively for cargo, offering 20 to 25 tons for cargo. Each aircraft can carry 11 lower deck pallet positions for  cargo.
     
  • Colombia: Continues the capacity reduction of cargo capacity from Asia to EEUU and Europe, with airlines such Japan Airlines, Korean Air and KLM. It will have a negative impact to Latam market because of the connections.  
     
  • UAE: Main Airports closed for travel until futher notice. Freighters and charters will be operating as usual. Emirates will be operating pax cargo (carrying only cargo) flights to some destinations. AF/KL will be operating one Pax-Cargo flight from 01st of April (schedule – Day 3,5 and 7); flights will be carrying only cargo. EK-DWC operations closed down and will be operating flights and cargo handling from DXB terminal. All the airlines have increased the rates drastically, currently shipments are moving on premium rates.
     
  • Qatar: Qatar Airways has not officially announced any route closures. Flights PAX and Freighter services are working from APAC and Europe, prices and space is subject to spot approval. Priority is for commodities  like food and medicines.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Storage, demurrage and detention: As containers are piling up in different ports of the world due to importers failing to pick up containers, options to mitigate extra costs are being prepared by GEODIS and will be announced shortly.
     
  • Maersk: Is implementing Congestion Fee Destination surcharge (CFD) of USD 1,000 per container for ALL Reefer cargo into Manila and the effective date based on PCD booking will be 6 April, for non-FMC corridors and 1 May for FMC corridors.  As a result Manila port is being impacted by a slowdown in productivity as available reefer plugs are limited.
     
  • ONE: Has decided to apply a congestion surcharge (CGD) of USD 1,000 per container to cover additional costs related to the unexpected but necessary arrangement of shipments and associated plug-in charges, monitoring fees etc. This measure is effective immediately for reefer cargo arriving into Chittagong and Manila from 3 April 2020 onwards and for regulated trades the effective date will be 3 May 2020 until further notice.
     
  • HMM is facing limited or no access to the Reefer plugs at Manila terminals as cargo pick up activity is still very slow. Terminals are overwhelmed and they are being operated at a rate exceeding their capacity. Hence, HMM is implementing Reefer Congestion Surcharge (RSR) on HMM services effective on all reefers shipped on board from 3 April 2020 until further notice. This applies to all Reefer container types from all European destinations to all Philippines destinations.
     
  • The 2M Alliance: For the entire second quarter will suspend one weekly service from North Asia to the US West Coast and a weekly string from South Asia to the East Coast.  They’ll also blank additional individual sailings to North America. In addition, the 2M Alliance will blank five individual sailings, all from Asia to the East Coast, in April and May.
     
  • The Alliance of Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE, and Yang Ming will blank 11 sailings from Asia to the West Coast and five sailings to the East Coast between Week 15, beginning 6 April, and Week 18, beginning 27 April, due to the “forecasted sharp downturn in demand” ( Source JOC ).
     
  • MSC:To cope with the current the COVID-19 situation MSC offers to shippers of dry and reefer cargo a Short Sea services to help ensure the flow of their goods across land borders.Short Sea shipping refers to the movement of cargo by sea over relatively short distances, as opposed to the intercontinental cross-ocean deep sea shipping. Additional information HERE.
     
  • CMA CGM: Yesterday routed its first Westbound ship ex Asia into Europe via the cape of Good Hope, avoiding Suez Canal, delaying the arrival of the vessel in Europe.
     
  • Bangladesh, Chittagong Port is facing congestion and Chittagong port Authority urge importers to take delivery of their containers. 1700 containers were delivered yesterday vs over 4000 on a normal day. 
     
  • Colombia: Steam shipping lines are announcing GRIs from April 13th, 2020. Hamburg SUD announced cancelation of one service from Asia to Europe and EEUU, that will also impact other carriers.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • South Africa: There has been a reluctance by some air cargo carriers to plan flights moving cargo to SA. This is mainly as a result of the crew not being allowed to disembark in SA. The Transport Minister has clarified the situation, declaring that the industry effectively has a go ahead to fly cargo to SA. Preference will be given to essential cargo but non-essential cargo can also fly except when the cargo will require storage in SA.
     
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo: From 1 April 2020, Singapore Airlines Cargo will be introducing a belly-hold capacity network to complement their usual freighter schedules offering a more comprehensive solution. Find updated schedules HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • THE Alliance: Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the forecasted sharp downturn in demand, members of THE Alliance Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming have decided to modify  April sailing schedules as follows HERE.
     
  • Canada: The ports and terminals on the three coasts are  functioning fluidly. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is fully functional.  Admin staff working remotely. No delays noticed on regular pre-arranged shipments. No impact/delays noticed on clearances on pre-arranged shipments. Corrections have been extended from 30 days to 90 days

AIR FREIGHT:

  • India: The government had issued a circular to allow movement of essential/non-essential goods to ease the congestion on ports and ease the cargo flow within the country. Following this, while it is technically possible to transport goods from point A to point B, there are however, some challenges on the ground to obtain the passes required for drivers and vehicles. Chennai Airport Custodian has written to airlines  to ask that they avoid importing non-essential cargo due to space restrictions inside the airport. Much of the airport cargo is yet to be cleared and released by the consignee.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • MSC: As part of its ongoing response to the impact of COVID-19, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, has developed a Suspension of Transit (SOT) container shipping programme to prepare for a recovery in demand for freight services once the impact of the pandemic eases.  The MSC SOT programme provides potential cost savings for customers faced with high warehousing storage costs at destination, demurrage, per-diem and other charges. It will also free up space at origin factories and warehouses and avoid excess inventory at site, bringing cargo closer to destination markets and alleviating the risk of congestion or closure at ports of discharge. The lead time will be reduced once operations resume at destination ports, and the programme will also add storage for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and non-vessel owning common carriers (NVOCCs), who would otherwise reach their full capacity.  For more information on MSC’s Suspension of Transit programme HERE.
     
  • Maersk: In relation to the Corona Virus effect in Europe, there has been a further reduction in demand. Consequently, in addition to the already announced AE2 service suspension for Q2, there will be blank sailings on the AE6 and AE7 services. Blank sailing will start from Asia and will be effective for full round voyage including departures from Europe. Further details HERE.
     
  • India: Minimal ground activity at ports across India due to unavailability of laborer and restriction on transportation. Delays are expected on vessel operations due to shortage of operators and internal transport vehicles.  Lockdown has affected all the export and import movements from port to the CFS and vice-versa besides also affecting the empty container movement to/from various points.

RAIL FREIGHT:

  • Germany - Hamburg: Trains are operating as normal. Truck drivers are required to have a full set of documents at all times.
     
  • Germany - Duisburg: A maximum of 10 vehicles  are allowed to drive to the gate at any one time. A maximum of 8 people can access the gate at the same time.
     
  • Germany - Nuremberg: Trains are operating as normal.
     
  • Poland - Malaszewicze: Terminal is working as normal. The border between PL/SK is now closed for transit.
     
  • Hungary - Budapest: Borders are not closed yet for cargo transportation; transition at borders is likely to be more prolonged.
     
  • Czech - Prag: Operations at the terminal are not much affected.  Borders are open for freight. 

March 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Qatar: Qatar Airways Cargo will resume scheduled belly-hold cargo operations to China with the utilisation of its passenger aircraft to six cities. The belly-hold cargo flights will be operated on a turnaround basis assuming the routes, previously assigned flight numbers and frequencies, without any cabin crew members or passengers on-board. The six cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou.  With an additional 600 tonnes of weekly capacity added, it brings Qatar’s combined weekly capacity out of the country to more than 1,300 tonnes. See details HERE.
     
  • Lufthansa Cargo: Flights to Mumbai (BOM) can be operated regularly again. However, import shipments to Chennai (MAA) are currently suspended. Connections to mainland China will be served this week with 7/7 direct flights to Shanghai (PVG), 1/7 via Novosibirsk (OVB) and 2/7 to Beijing (PEK) via Novosibirsk (OVB). In addition, 2/7 to Osaka (KIX) and Incheon (ICN) are served via Novosibirsk (OVB).


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Colombia: Due to decree 488, March 27th, 2020 issued by Ministry of Labor, Shipping Companies will close their offices at the ports. The releases will be done virtually. Each company will manage its own schedules and application procedure.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta Cargo: Delta has added new schedule changes following updated government travel restrictions related to COVID-19, all details HERE.
     
  • Turkish Cargo: Due to COVID-19, flights to some countries have been suspended. As from 27 March 2020 23:59 (UTC+3), all international flights except Chicago, Washington, Hong Kong, and Addis Ababa flights are suspended until 17 April 2020.
    Freighter services are unaffected and operating on schedule worldwide. You may see the current/additional freighter alternatives ex IST to various destinations and final version of the Pax flights as per attached  HERE.
     
  • South Africa:This is almost at a complete standstill with adhoc charters in and out of JHB mainly with QR. Apparently Germany may have opportunities next week to move cargo into SA.
     
  • India: International and domestic flights are not operational. In the wake of new situation of the nationwide lockdown since 25th March 00:00 hrs, the movement of airline personnel and airport worker will be severely affected. Cargo movement/transfer to/from the airport is restricted and only essential/medical supplies are allowed.
     
  • Hong Kong & South China: From Sunday 29 March, Chinese airlines are allowed to fly just one weekly route to one city per country, operating it at no more than 75 per cent capacity. As a reminder alcohol-based hand sanitizers are classified as dangerous goods and must be properly declared as dangerous goods before being sent for air shipment.
     
  • Taiwan: China Airlines cancelled two freighters per week to Europe.  This has lead to an impact on Europe capacity; a concern as there is inadequate capacity vs an extremely busy market, transit time is estimated at 5-7 days to Europe from week 13. China airlines TPE-Europe flat rate at TWD200K + Fuel effective 22 March and 30% increased to US destinations effective 25 March. EVA Airways announced only XPS rates are applicable to all US destinations effective 25 March.
     
  • Korea: See air carriers remarks HERE.
     
  • Japan: AY stops all flights ex JP for HEL (ex NRT as of 27 Mar, ex KIX 24 Mar). Osaka (KIX) - almost all passenger flights are cancelled. Due to various flight cancellations, air export shipments are to have anticipated delays with longer transit-time and uplift by carriers. Services frequency of passenger flight between JP and CN will be 1 service weekly per carrier.  Major 9 Airlines operate the services between JP and CN, so it will be 9 services weekly.
     
  • UK: Air freight planning is changing evey hour and prices are  increasing.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Due to market demand reductions in Europe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maersk endeavours to balance their network to match reduced demand. They will therefore be seasonally suspending their AE2 (North Europe) and AE20 (Mediterranean) services on the Asia-Europe network during Q2 2020. The suspension is effective from week 15.; all details HERE.
     
  • Cosco: In consideration of the current COVID-19 situation, COSCO Shipping Lines have decided to postpone the start of the maiden voyage of its new EMA (East Mediterranean) America service. The first sailing will be now on April 25th, 2020 from Haifa.
     
  • Hapag-Lloyd: Hapag-Lloyd has announced void sailings for the India Express Service (IEX) due to Covid-19 related measures in several countries, which are resulting in operational challenges and decreasing demand, according to the line. See all details HERE.
     
  • South Africa: Terminals in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town will continue to operate during the lockdown, however on a reduced capacity basis. East London terminal will not handle containers during this period.
     
  • India: Technically ports are operational but in reality there is minimal ground activity at ports across India due to unavailability of laborers and restriction on transportation. Some ports likely to have challenges managing the windows as for vessels coming from China, Spain, Italy, Iran, Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore, a 14-days quarantine is a must now (including transit).
     
  • Korea: See ocean carriers remarks HERE.
     
  • UK: Sea Freight is moving, although there is limited space.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • AIR France KLM:Following the significant impact of the COVID19 crisis situation on flight operations, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will operate a reduced summer schedule. This summer schedule consists of  so-called ‘skeleton network’, operated by passenger aircraft and in combination with their regular full freighter network.
    Full freighter network for the coming 6 weeks HERE.
     
  • Emirates: Due to this period of uncertainty Emirates is to move its operations out of Dubai World Central (DWC), back to Dubai International Airport (DXB) from 1 April. Emirates’ freighters and ‘passenger freighters’ will all operate out of DXB.
     
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo: As more countries impose tighter border controls around the world to stem the Covid-19 outbreak, there might be further changes to the schedules flights. Please find below the latest flight schedules for cargo carriage on its freighters and passenger aircraft for the coming week HERE.
     
  • Cathay Pacific Cargo: As a result of recently announced government-imposed restrictions in India and Vietnam, some upcoming freighter flights will be impacted.Please find below the latest flight schedules for cargo carriage, HERE.
     
  • Spain: Most of the flight schedules and services are disrupted. Changes to schedules are to be expected almost every day.
     
  • Chile: Airlines are reducing or cancelling all passenger flights and only cargo freighters will be maintained with the consequence that space will be tight rates will increase.  
     
  • China: Any Chinese airline is allowed to operate only 1 flight route to any country, maximum 1 flight per week. Foreign airlines are allowed to keep 1 flight route to China, maximum 1 flight per week. For flights arriving in China, passenger load factor can’t exceed 75%. Airlines can use passenger aircraft to transport cargo, these are not to be counted in the 1 flight/week calculation.
     
  • Canada: Air Canada announced extension of free storage period for import general cargo from current 2 days to 10 days, at all Canadian stations.  Special cargo will continue to have 24 hours free storage. Airline handling agents Menzies, Swissport and CAS have advised no change or extensions to free days as yet. 


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Maersk: Due to market demand slowdown and COVID-19 situation, Maersk has announced the cancellation of the following sailings: HERE
     
  • Spain: Ports open and working, performance slightly reduced due to security measures.
     
  • Chile:Airlines are reducing or cancelling all passenger flights  and and only cargo freighters will be maintained with the consequence of  tight space and increase in rates. 
     
  • US: Several port closures and changes to hours of operation have been announced including Baltimore closing on 3/30 and 3/31 and reduced hours at Seagrit Marine Terminal due to supply chain disruptions. AL has returned to normal operation hours.  Savannah, GA port will be closed on 3/28 and 4/4.  Seattle port T18 closed for both shifts on 3/27.
     
  • China: Out of Hubei all FTL and LTL routings are back to normal. In Hubei province principally it is possible to do FTL transport from/to all cities in Hubei province (Wuhan is also included ), but need to be confirmed case by case.
     
  • Canada: Shipping lines have advised no change or extensions yet to free demurrage & detention days.CMA announced pre-pull service to avoid port/rail terminal storage charges.  Costs are higher than regular market rates

AIR FREIGHT:

  • UAE: Has stopped all inbound and outbound passenger flights for a period of 2 weeks but Abu Dhabi Airport’s cargo terminal is still operating. Sharjah Airport will be closed until further notice.
     
  • Chad/Cameroon: No international air traffic in or out for passengers, only cargo flights allowed.
     
  • Italy: Cargo airlines are operating from Italy and from North Europe with on wheels connections. For the moment there are no news of changes in services compared to what has happened till today.
     
  • India: Airport services is considered as “Essential Service”, thus airports are open and work is officially going ahead (though work is more often stopped or carried out at a very very slow pace).  The situation fluctuates from day to day.  The ground handling facilities vary and airports are empty; loaders, GHA and customs official attendance is very low. Airlines freighter operations are gradually being reduced due to lower outbound utilization (even as low as 20%-30%). All domestic flight operations are totally stopped.

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries, CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • UAE: Jebel Ali Port is working normally.
     
  • Chad/Cameroon: Vessels allowed to berth at Douala Port only after clearance has been obtained from Medical Team that goes on-board at the base buoy.
     
  • Italy: Ports will continue to operate and depots and truckers are expected to make arrangements accordingly. There is confusion but services are guaranteed even if are proceeding slowly.
     
  • India: Ports are operational but delays are expected on vessel loading and unloading due to a shortage of labour, internal transport vehicles and restrictions on transportation. Lockdown has affected all the export & import movements from port to the CFS and vice-versa besides also affecting the empty container movement to/from various points. Some ports are likely to have challenges managing the berthing windows.  As for vessels arriving from China, Spain, Italy,Iran, Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore, a 14-days quarantine is in force now (including transit).

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Air France Cargo: Over the past few days, its flight schedules have seen significant changed. Alongside their Full Freighter charters, it is also offering charter options based on the belly capacity of its passenger flights that still operate.  Please find HERE an overview of its flights up to, and including 28 March 2020. This concerns all flight departures from AMS, CDG and ORY.
     
  • Turkish Cargo: All passenger flights to all 101 countries will be suspended as per March 27 2020 except New York/Washington/Hong Kong/Moscow and Addis Ababa. More information can be found HERE.
     
  • ANA: In light of the bolstering of border security measures against COVID-19, and with passenger demand falling, it has decided to make changes to some of its Japanese domestic and international routes and/or the number of flights that it plans to operate. For more information, click on the links above.
     
  • South Africa: Cargo airlines are operating but ground handling agents are sending mixed messages as to whether they are working or not.
     
  • UAE: Stops all inbound and outbound flights for 14 days.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries, CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • South Africa: Ports will continue to operate and depots and truckers are expected to make arrangements accordingly. However, clarity is required with regards to what is ‘essential’ cargo and if truckers are available to carry out deliveries. Whilst this problem is overcome, we advise not to send any non-essential cargo to South Africa in case there are storage problems and additional costs incurred.
     
  • Canada: Port of Montreal is running at full capacity. No cancellations have occurred. Rail transport continues but with some delays. No significant impact has yet been seen at the BC ports (Vancouver & Price Rupert).
     
  • Germany: The Port of Hamburg is making it a priority for the port to remain fully operational. They undertake to prevent further spread of the coronavirus by taking various measures:
     
    • All arriving ships must submit a Maritime Health Declaration (MDH) at least 24 hours before calling at the port with information on whether there is any disease or indications of disease on board. If there are indications of disease, then the ship is inspected by Hamburg Port Health Center before entering the Port of Hamburg.
    • All events that are not absolutely necessary have been or will be called off.
       
  • Belgium: The Port of Zeebrugge and partners have committed to keeping the port fully operational to safeguard its maritime and logistics platform.
       

RAIL FREIGHT:

  • Canada: CN Rail stated that it continues to operate efficiently, with a fluid network and the capacity and resources to meet ongoing customer needs, especially in the intermodal sector. CN is ready to ramp up its capacity as required to alleviate the pressure on long haul truck drivers.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Air France Cargo: Over the past few days, its flight schedules have seen significant changed. Alongside their Full Freighter charters, it is also offering charter options based on the belly capacity of its passenger flights that still operate.  Please find HERE an overview of its flights up to, and including 28 March 2020. This concerns all flight departures from AMS, CDG and ORY.
     
  • Singapore Airlines: will be cutting 96% of its passenger capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April, given the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last few days. This will result in the grounding of around 138 SIA and SilkAir aircraft, out of a total fleet of 147. You may check HERE for relevant updates.
     
  • Turkish Cargo: is operating freighters to 59 countries with our 25 freighters. Addition to freighters, Turkish Cargo has started to  provide cargo transportation services to 8 countries with passenger aircrafts in order to create additional capacity to fight with Covid-19 pandemic globally. You may find details of the routes HERE.
     
  • Lufthansa Cargo: is working to adapt its freight capacity to the current requirements and the constantly changing global regulations. Please find the latest changes HERE.
     
  • Delta Cargo: Additional adjustments to schedule can be found HERE.
     
  • Cathay Pacific: Information on cargo bookable flights can be found HERE. The most up-to-date flight information is available HERE.
     
  • Air Canada: will gradually suspend majority of its international and U.S. transborder flights by March 31. The airline intends to continue to serve a small number of international and U.S. trans border destinations from select Canadian cities after April 1.
     
  • Chile: Airlines have reduced or cancelled all passenger flights as of 18 March and will depend on cargo freighters only.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries, CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Canada: Port of Montreal is running at full capacity. No cancellations have occurred. Rail transport continues but with some delays. No significant impact has yet been seen at the BC ports (Vancouver & Price Rupert).
     
  • Italy: The shipper/consignee will push the loading and unloading of the containers to the maximum before the decree comes into force this Wednesday.
     

RAIL FREIGHT:

  • Canada: CN Rail stated that it continues to operate efficiently, with a fluid network and the capacity and resources to meet ongoing customer needs, especially in the intermodal sector. CN is ready to ramp up its capacity as required to alleviate the pressure on long haul truck drivers.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • United Airlines: is reducing its international schedule by 95% for April. The revised international schedule can be found HERE

    The following passenger flights will stay in the schedule until the end of May. EWRFRA (960/961), EWRLHR (16/17), EWRTLV (90/91), IAHGRU (62/63), NRTSFO (837/838), SFOSYD (863/870).
     
  • Delta Cargo: Additional adjustments to schedule can be found HERE.
     
  • Cathay Pacific: Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon announced a capacity reduction of 96% across their passenger network in April and May as a result of the severe drop in demand due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and multiple government travel restrictions that form part of the global response. They intend to operate a skeleton passenger flight schedule through April and May, though their freighter schedule remains complete.
     
  • Singapore Airlines: will be cutting 96% of its passenger capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April, given the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last. You may refer HERE for the relevant updates.
     
  • Emirates: As of 23 March, Emirates had announced a suspension of all passenger flights, but have reversed that decision after receiving requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers. The carrier said it will continue to operate cargo flights through its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods, including medical supplies across the world.
     
  • Air France Cargo: Over the past few days, its flight schedules have seen significant changes. Alongside their Full Freighter charters, it is also offering charter options based on the belly capacity of its passenger flights that still operate.  Please find HERE an overview of its flights up to, and including 28 March 2020. This concerns all flight departures from AMS, CDG and ORY.
     
  • Vietnam: By the end of the week, all international (passengers) flights will be cancelled and only freighter flights will remain, which represents about 20% of the total regular freight capacity. Pricing will therefore be extremely volatile pending on the tradelane and we advise booking as early as possible (10 days prior to uplift is ideal).
     
  • India: All international and domestic flight at Delhi airport are cancelled in addition to the ban on all the international flight to/from India.
     
  • Germany: Please be informed that all carriers suspended their rate and capacity allocations. At the same time most of the passenger flights are not operating anymore but only freighter connections to selected destinations.
     
  • Greece: Some airlines have cancelled their flights and their services. Moreover, regarding custom authorities, small delays occur due to limited customs staff.
     
  • South Africa: Airlines have suspended most of their flights for at least the next two weeks.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries. CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may, not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • USA: American ports and warehouses stay open. Workers at ports, warehouses, and trucking companies are receiving exemptions from state “stay-at-home” mandates because they are judged as essential to the US supply chain.
     
  • Italy: The shipper/consignee will push the loading and unloading of the containers to the maximum before the decree comes into force this Wednesday.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta Cargo: Current list of schedule changes and planned reinstatement dates can be found HERE.
     
  • Air France Cargo: Over the past few days, its flight schedules have seen significant changes. Alongside their Full Freighter charters, it is also offering charter options based on the belly capacity of its passenger flights that still operate.  Please find HERE an overview of its flights up to, and including 28 March 2020. This concerns all flight departures from AMS, CDG and ORY.

    Also, there are certain categories of products now under embargo. See the list HERE.
     
  • ANA: In light of bolstering of border security measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) and with passenger demand falling, it has decided to make changes to some of its Japan domestic and international routes
  • and/or the number of flights that it plans to operate. For more information, click on the links above.
     
  • India: In order to prevent the spread of CONVID 19 disease in India, all scheduled Indian and foreign airlines engaged in international air transportation to/from India are directed as follows:
     
    • No Scheduled international commercial Passenger aircraft shall take off from any foreign airport with and Indian destination, after 00:01 GMT of March 22, 2020 (05:30 Indian Standard Time (IST) of March 22, 2020). These instructions shall remain in force till 00:01 GMT of March 29, 2020.
    • A maximum travel time of 20 hours is permissible for such commercial Passenger aircraft to land in India.
    • As such, no incoming scheduled international aircraft shall be allowed to disembark its passengers on Indian soil (Foreigner or Indian) after 20:01 GMT of March 22 (01:31 IST of March 23, 2020).
    • These instructions are in addition to the travel restrictions/advisories already issued and under implementation.
    • Amendment Policy of Masks, Ventilators and textile raw material for masks and coveralls, Surgical/Disposable (2/3 ply) Mask are not allowed.
    • The above are temporary measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, and are subject to review by Government.
       

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries. CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may, not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • MSC: is obliged to set up an EBS (Emergency Imbalance Surcharge) for all shipments from Northern Europe to all destinations from 1st April 2020.
     
  • HMM: informed the availability of Reefer Containers in North China, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Tianjin, has been Improved and has reached a normal situation. Obviously, yard plug are now more available and the occupation ratio of the terminals in the three ports has been relieved. From this point of view, HMM hereby announces the cancellation of Northern China Reefer Congestion Surcharge; effective 19th Mar 2020.
     
  • Maersk: Updated its Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean networks to offer the most efficient and reliable services in integrated logistics. These updates are live on its systems now and will come into effect by 1st April 2020:
     
    • Asia-Europe Routes: HERE.
      Europe-Asia Routes: HERE.
    • Asia-Mediterranean Routes: HERE.
    • Mediterranean-Asia Routes: HERE.
       
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.
     
  • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, even container pickups and deliveries have no restrictions. At terminals in other ports there is the possibility that what is happening in Genova could also happen; see below.
     
    • Genova / VTE port - there are long in/out delays for terminal operations and this is causing hinderance in pick-ups and deliveries; hence extra cost and the possibility of losing the VSSL ETD
       
    • Venice there is a critical situation that is delaying the custom clearance and operations in the port.
       
    • For security reasons there are some terminal restrictions which are causing additional delays to custom clearance and operations in the port.​​​

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta Cargo: is making additional changes to its Latin American, Caribbean and trans-Atlantic network following the announcements of more government travel restrictions in these regions. Details can be found HERE.
     
  • Singapore Airlines: There are further changes to the SQ/MI network. Details can be foun HERE.
     
  • Qatar Cargo: Effective immediately, entry to State of Qatar for Qatari nationals only. Qatar Airways Cargo and their cargo operations remain unaffected, however passenger flight to certain countries have been suspended which might impact the belly hold cargo capacity of these flights.
     
  • Lufthansa Cargo: is working at its utmost to optimally adapt its freight capacity to the current requirements and the constantly changing global regulations. Please find the latest changes HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries. CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may, not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • MSC: is obliged to set up an EBS (Emergency Imbalance Surcharge) for all shipments from Northern Europe to all destinations from 1st April 2020.
     
  • Global Port Restrictions: Due to changes implemented by governments over the last few days, there are further port restrictions around the globe. You can find a summary of these HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Air France-KLM: Flights to most US destinations in the network are still being operated this week. All bookings on passenger flights have been set to 7 days, all bookings on full freighter flights remain at 13 days.
     
  • Singapore Airlines: Additional passenger service from Singapore to China, Scoot flights Singapore/Hong Kong upgraded from narrowbody to widebody. 
     
  • American Airlines: Have implemented a phased suspension of additional long-haul international flights from the U.S. starting on March 16. This suspension will last through May 6. Latest information on schedule changes is available HERE.
     
  • Emirates: Flight schedules may change at short notice to comply with regulatory directives or operational requirements. You can consult the updated schedule HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries. CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may, not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, even container pickups and deliveries have no restrictions. At terminals in other ports there is the possibility that what is happening in Genova could also happen; see below.
     
    • Genova / VTE port - there are long in/out delays for terminal operations and this is causing hinderance in pick-ups and deliveries; hence extra cost and the possibility of losing the VSSL ETD
       
    • Venice there is a critical situation that is delaying the custom clearance and operations in the port.
       
    • For security reasons there are some terminal restrictions which are causing additional delays to custom clearance and operations in the port.​​​
       
  • Spain: Ports working normally. Moderate port congestion in the South Spain port of Algeciras. Issues with space (Eastbound) and equipment availability (mainly reefers) due to mirror effect of Asia blank sailings, not because of Coronavirus situation in Spain. However expected reduction in production and exports should moderate these issues significantly.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta Cargo: Additional Latin America & LAX-SYD flights suspended. Full details are HERE.
     
  • Philippine Airlines: All domestic flights are cancelled until April 12. Internal flights will continue to operate until March 19. Status of international flights from March 20 until April 12 will be announced in due course.
     
  • Lufthansa Cargo: LH freighters are still operating on schedule worldwide (including US). Information on connections to/from mainland China & information on passenger flights can be found HERE.
     
  • Air France-KLM: Due to tightened global measures and restrictions to contain the spread of the virus and the adapted travel behavior of passengers, the airline is forced to make major changes to the schedules of its passenger flights and this has significant consequences for the available freight capacity. You can check their full flight schedule HERE.
     
  • Emirates: Flight schedules may change at short notice to comply with regulatory directives or operational requirements. You can consult the schedule updated HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • GEODIS: As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries. CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bill of Lading, import and export shipments may, not be handled as promptly as expected in most of our European branches. We recommend that you use express CCL or ask your suppliers at origin to Telex Release the documents through the GEODIS offices at origin. We remind you that Transport documents are available on your IRIS account through which you can also perform on line bookings.
     
  • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, even container pickups and deliveries have no restrictions. At terminals in other ports there is the possibility that what is happening in Genova could also happen; see below.
     
    • Genova / VTE port - there are long in/out delays for terminal operations and this is causing hinderance in pick-ups and deliveries; hence extra cost and the possibility of losing the VSSL ETD
       
    • Venice there is a critical situation that is delaying the custom clearance and operations in the port.
       
    • For security reasons there are some terminal restrictions which are causing additional delays to custom clearance and operations in the port.​​​

AIR FREIGHT:

  • American Airline Cargo will implement a phased suspension of most long-haul international flights from the U.S. starting on March 16. This suspension will last through May 6. To see full details on the schedule changes HERE.
     
  • Delta Airlines: Following travel restrictions recently issued by the governments of Argentina and El Salvador, Delta is suspending service between Atlanta and Buenos Aires starting March 17 through April 15 and reducing daily service between Atlanta and San Salvador to twice a week starting March 19 through April 1.

    Delta extends service suspension in Latin America, suspending temporarily services to Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Quito, Ecuador through April 19.

    Delta will also temporarily suspend service between New York-JFK and Mumbai starting Tuesday, March 17. The last flight from New York-JFK to Mumbai operated on Saturday, March 14. The last flight from Mumbai to New York-JFK will operate on Monday, March 16.

    Delta will temporarily suspend service between Detroit and London-Heathrow starting Monday, March 16, and service between New York-JFK and Dublin starting Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.
     
  • Air France From 23 March, their flight schedules to and from the US will be significantly reduced. Please find their flight schedule and the consequent adjustments HERE.
     
  • Singapore Airlines also announced adjustments in to the flights to Europe. You can check the ongoing adjustments HERE.
     
  • SAS Airlines: Temporarily halting most of the traffic. SAS has therefore decided to put most of its operations on hold, starting Monday March 16 and until necessary prerequisites for commercial air traffic returns. You can now find information regarding cancelled flights HERE.
     
  • Turkish Airlines: Due to the outbreak in Europe, their flights with Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Holland as departure point are suspended until 17 April.
     
  • Finnair is now making substantial adjustments to its traffic and will reduce approximately 90 per cent of its normal capacity, starting from the beginning of April 2020. Finnair will temporarily operate only approximately 20 routes, ensuring certain critical air and cargo supply connections for Finland. To see more info, click HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Yang Ming: has announced that it has closed local offices in Genoa, La Spezia and Livorno (Italy).
     
  • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, even container pickups and deliveries have no restrictions in the areas.
     
    • Genova / VTE port - there are long in/out delays for terminal operations and this is causing hinderance in pick-ups and deliveries and hence extra cost and the possibility of losing the VSSL ETD
       
    • Venice there is critical situation that is delaying the custom clearance and operations in the port.
       
    • For security reasons there are some terminal restrictions which are causing delays to custom clearance and operations in the port.​​​

AIR FREIGHT:

  • American Airline Cargo: In response to the travel restrictions announced by the U.S. government for the 26 European states known as the Schengen Area, American Airlines has adjusted its schedule. Please find all the details HERE.
     
  • Delta Airlines: Delta is responding to Wednesday directive on U.S.-Europe travel and is responding with adjustments to its flights to major European cites. More details: HERE.
     
  • Lufthansa announced restrictions by the US administration effective 13 March 2020 at 23:59.
    The airline will continue to fly to the USA: Chicago, Newark, and Washington will remain in the programme, and a very restricted flight schedule will be drawn up shortly. The freighters are not impacted and will continue to operate. Lufthansa will be implementing embargoes on AVI (pets only) and HUM shipments on freighter flights effective 14 March 2020. 
     
  • SAS announced that from 14 March 2020 SAS will continue to operate with reduced schedule except for flights between Copenhagen and Chicago and New York and between Stockholm and New York. Flights between Copenhagen and San Fransisco will be operated according to schedule until 17 March 2020 (included). SAS operations to other US destinations will be suspended from 14 March 2020 until 28 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia to help our customers gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity. Please find the details HERE.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • ONE: With effect from 20 March 2020, PS3 Service vessels will call Port Los Angeles, CA instead of Port Long Beach, CA. Please find the Schedule for your ready reference HERE.
     
  • HMM announced that from April 2020, new structure of The Alliance has 33 services, coverage of 78 ports throughout Asia, Europe including Mediterranean, North and Central America, the Middle East, Red Sea and Indian Subcontinent. Deployment of over 280 efficient container vessels with expanded capacity allowing the implementation of enhanced service coverage with enhanced frequency, rapid transit times, and more comprehensive port coverage. 
     
  • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, container pickups and deliveries are operating with no major issue.
    • Italy: All shipping companies have confirmed arrivals and departures from Italian ports. For the time being, container pickups and deliveries are operating with no major issue.
       
      • Genova / VTE port reports strikes that are delaying custom clearance and port operations. 
         
      • Venice: Delays are expected for custom clearance and operations inside the port.
         
      • For security reasons, new terminal restrictions have been implemented that are causing delays for custom clearance and operations at the ports in general.
         
      • Most of the offices of the shipping line in Italy are deploying home-office measure to continue to provide services to their customers including custom operators.
         
  • USA: California’s ports have been challenged by the outbreak of the coronavirus and the lingering effects of the trade dispute with China according to the port authorities. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have reported a significant downturn in container volumes during February, while they remain concerned about the next few months. In particular, terminal operators and dockworkers at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) moved 538,428TEU last month, down 9.8% compared to February 2019. Imports dropped 17.9% to 248,592TEU, while exports increased 19.3% to 125,559TEU. Empty containers sent overseas decreased 12.8% to 164,277TEU, as reported by Container News.

    At the same time, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) handled 544,037TEU in February, a 22.9% decrease compared to last year. Last month’s imports decreased 22.5% to 270,025TEU compared to the previous year, while exports decreased 5.7% to 134,468TEU and empty containers declined 35% to 139,544TEU. POLA has announced that for the first two months of 2020, total container volumes were 1,350,181TEU, down 13% compared to last year.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Finnair: Due to the impacts of the coronavirus situation and changed visa requirements for Finnish to enter Vietnam, we unfortunately have to cancel our flight AY161 to Ho Chi Minh City on 25 March, return AY162 on 26 March. Earlier flights to/from Ho Chi Minh City on 11/12 March and 18/19
     
  • Delta is adjusting its domestic and international flying to align with expected demand trends by reducing its planned system wide capacity by 15 percent compared to what was previously scheduled. By region, reductions include:
     
    • 10-15 percent in domestic U.S., with reductions focused on higher frequency markets
       
    • 5 percent in Latin America, with reductions focused on higher frequency markets. Delta will support partner Aeromexico by flying one daily roundtrip between New York-JFK and Mexico City, and two daily roundtrips between Los Angeles and Mexico City between 2 May and 16 August.
       
    • All of their flight adjustments can be found: HERE
       
  • Saudia Cargo announced to be complying with all guidance given by the Government and General Authority of Civil Aviation. Currently, the restrictions are affecting operations of belly services to and from Guangzhou, Italy, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Spain, Germany, France and Turkey.
     
  • Qantas Group announced significant changes to its international network including the suspension of some routes and a reduction of capacity on services to the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia and across the Tasman. Jetstar will also reduce some capacity in line with demand.


OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • CMA/CGM is set to blank 23 North Europe-Asia sailing effective from 9 March 11 until 2 Jun. 
     
  • Maersk: All their offices in Spain remain open and our employees have the opportunity of working from home. There is no business impact to acceptance of bookings, carrier haulage, equipment availability, warehousing or Customs House Brokerage (CHB) in or out of Spain.

    Maersk separately announced that, effective 15 March, a seal will be required for all full container loads imported into Singapore and seal information will be required on corresponding shipping instructions. Shipments arriving without seal information or a seal attached to the container will not be released from the port terminal, and will be subject to storage and related costs.
     
  • CNC and TS Lines introduce weekly link between China and Southern Vietnam. APL (CMA CGM Group) and TS Lines will introduce in mid-March a weekly Intra-Asia joint service connecting China and Southern Vietnam. The two weekly sailings between North China and Southern Vietnam will provide their shippers with better schedule flexibility in arranging their shipments.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Cathay Pacific: the passenger flights to Bahrain have been suspended until 28 March 2020. Despite the temporary suspension of Bahrain, Cathay Pacific continues to operate their passenger service to Dubai International Airport with four frequencies per week. Their freighters continue to operate as per the schedule, which includes the services to Dubai World Central.
  • American Airlines adjusts their flight schedules due to weakened demand. The full list of adjustments can be found HERE.
     
  • Finnair has already cancelled approximately 1,400 flights from its network due to the situation and is now further adjusting its network to the decreased demand. Furthermore, Finnair made the following announcements:  
     
    • Finnair flies to St Petersburg and to Vilnius with ATR aircraft instead of Embraer 190 aircraft in April. 
       
    • Flights that were scheduled to be operated with Airbus 350 to Brussels will be operated with Airbus 321 aircraft in April, as is one of the two daily wide-body frequencies between Helsinki and London.
       
    • Flight cancellations to/from Israel in March. The authorities of Israel restrict travelling to Israel and require a quarantine of 14 days for all nationalities arriving the country.
      For this reason, Finnair is cancelling flights to/from Tel Aviv in March.
       
    • Flights AY1979/1980 to/from Tel Aviv between 15 March and 31 March will be cancelled. The airline operates flights on 11-12 March and 13-14 March to carry customers who are returning home.
       
    • Finnair is decreasing the capacity of its European traffic in April by over 20 percent, by cancelling altogether approximately 2,400 flights and by switching to smaller aircraft on certain routes. The main changes to Finnair’s domestic and European network in April are listed HERE.
       
  • Delta is suspending its New York-JFK service to Rome from 11 March until 30 April, and Tel Aviv from 14 March until 24 March. Delta previously announced service suspensions and postponements to Italy. The airline will not operate flights to Italy during the government-mandated emergency measures and travel restrictions period.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia to help our customers gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity. Please find the details HERE .


OCEAN FREIGHT

  • Following the reported figures published on Container News, container exports to the United States from 10 major countries and regions in Asia fell 9.4% year on year to 1,119,485 TEU in February, US research company Descartes Datamyne unveiled recently.

    By country/region of origin, containers from China plunged 20.8% to 578,123 TEU, suffering a year-on-year decrease for 13 months in a row, according to Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and bill-of-lading (B/L) data provided by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Ranked second were those from South Korea, which improved 4.5% to 137,743 TEU. Finishing in third place, exports from Vietnam surged 33.4% to 95,316 TEU, but those from Taiwan declined 9.4% to 68,789 TEU, coming in fourth.

    Containers from Singapore were also brisk, soaring 24.5% to 63,445 TEU. Containers from India jumped 30.5% to 43,088 TEU. Hong Kong, saw shipments to the US diminish 20.6% to 43,067 TEU. Exports from Japan contracted 8.5% to 39,664 TEU.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Cathay Pacific announced temporary suspensions of certain passenger services to Japan as a result of recently issued restrictions for travel between Hong Kong and Japan.
     
    • Since yesterday, the airline is cutting all passenger flights between Hong Kong and Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, as well as Tokyo Haneda.
    • From 13 March, passenger flights to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai, as well as services between Taipei, will be cancelled.
       
  • SAS decided to suspend all flights to Milan, Bologna, Turin and Venice from March 4 until April 3. All flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing are still canceled until April 30th. Flight schedule to and from Hong Kong are suspended until 30 April and reduced in May.
     
  • Turkish Airlines' flights to China’s Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shanghai cities are cancelled until 29 March 2020. Fights to Beijing are cancelled until 9 March 2020 and further actions will be determined after talks with related authorities.
     
  • Alitalia announced to suspend the services from and for Milan as of 9 March until 3 April. The services between NRT and MXP was already suspended as of 7 March until 28 March.
     
  • American Airline decided to stop its flight from/to Milano Malpensa. All other flight are in place from Rome and other European hubs.
     
  • British Airways cancels all its flights to and from Italy today until 9 April.
     
  • ANA Cargo announced partial change to their flights from Japan to China and Hong Kong, please find more information HERE.
     
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • APL’s major coastal ports in mainland China are not operating at normal productivity levels. With truck power coming back on, cargo backlogs are quickly clearing out. APL has advised that from 9 March, most of its office resumed operations, except in the following locations:
     
    • North China will operate in alternating split groups from home and office  
    • Wuhan, Yangtze and Yichang, where APL’s employees continue to provide services on a remote basis.
       
  • ONE: Majority of ONE China offices have reopened with staff available on-site except for Wuhan which is suspended until further notice. Their Taiwanese and Hong Kong offices are also operating normally.
     
  • OOCL: operational updates: China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy and the UAE:
     
    • China - all OOCL offices in China except for the one in Wuhan have already reopened. The reefer plug shortage issue in Shanghai, Tianjin and Ningbo has gradually improved, while more trucking services have resumed.
       
    • Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy and the UAE – the company is taking various precautionary measures for OOCL offices in cities or regions on high alert and where they become applicable. Customers are encouraged to use online tools in order to minimize physical contact. To date, no significant terminal or trucking service issues are observed at the ports where we operate in these regions.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Cathay Pacific: On 7 March 2020, Cathay Pacific announced temporary suspensions of certain passenger services to Japan as a result of recently issued restrictions for travel between Hong Kong and Japan.
     
    • From 9 March until 28 March 2020 all passenger flights between Hong Kong and Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Tokyo-Haneda will be suspended.
       
    • From 13 March until 28 March 2020, all passenger services between Hong Kong and Tokyo-Narita and Osaka-Kansai as well as between Taipei and Tokyo-Narita and Osaka-Kansai will also be suspended.
       
  • Delta previously announced the temporary suspension of its daily flights between New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) following the elevated U.S. State Department travel guidance due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). The airline has updated its flying to Italy with the following schedule as a response to COVID-19 concerns:
     
    • New York-JFK-Milan - Suspended effective 5 March until 30 April 
    • New York-JFK-Venice – Seasonal service postponed to May 2
    • Detroit-Rome - Reduced to three times weekly, effective 1 April until 30 April 
    • Atlanta-Rome
      • Five times weekly service reduced to four times weekly, effective 8 March until 22 March
      • Daily service reduced to four times weekly, effective 1 April until 30 April 
      • Reduced to seven times weekly, effective 1 May until 20 May 
         
  • Air France-KLM decided to further adjust their network to Hong Kong in March:
     
    • Hong Kong to Amsterdam - Last flight operates in March is KL888 on 9 March. The flight will resume after 31 March. 
       
    • Hong Kong to Paris – Last flight operated in March was AF185 on 8 March. The flight will resume after 30 March.
       
  • In Italy: Airfreight operations are evidently impacted by the large number of flight cancelations in and out of the two main Milanese airports. Airline trucks serving non-Italian airports (Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Paris etc.) continue to operate but remain highly dependent on handling operations at the airport.
     
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Maersk: On top of the already announced blank sailings in relation to the Chinese New Year, Maersk announced to cancel the following sailings:
     
    • Imports to Australia: MDV Ethineu 013S, ETD Xiamen 25 March 2020
       
    • Exports from Australia: MDV Ethineu 016N, ETD Melbourne 13 April 2020
       

TRUCKING SERVICES: 

  • China: Less Than Truck Load (LTL) service is available on majority of the routes (except Hubei province). Operations are gradually being reinstated and lead time is slowly getting back to normal. For Full Truck Load (FTL) services, operations are almost back to usual level, however transport into/out of of Hubei province (except Wuhan) is still affected and requires case by case confirmation.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo decided to defer their new London Heathrow - São Paulo service, due to commence on 29 March 2020, with services now beginning from 5 October 2020. This change is part of wider measures being taken including the suspension of their Heathrow - Shanghai route until 19 April, and reduced frequency between Heathrow - Hong Kong.
     
  • Lufthansa is adjusting its services to Northern Italy to meet changed demand. Lufthansa is adapting its offer to the changed demand and will reduce frequencies on various routes to Italy in March. This includes the destinations Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ancona and Pisa. In addition, frequencies on domestic routes from Frankfurt to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Paderborn and from Munich to Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bremen and Hanover will be reduced.
     
  • Austrian Airlines is reducing its flight program to Italy in March and April by 40 percent. This includes reductions of flight frequencies on routes from Vienna to Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples.
     
  • Eurowings is reducing its flights to and from Venice, Bologna and Milan until 8 March. Eurowings flights to other destinations in Italy are currently not affected. 
     
  • Brussels Airlines has decided to reduce its flights to Rome, Milan, Venice and Bologna by 30 percent until 14 March.
     
  • Air Freight Market: According to Seabury, cargo capacity reductions after the coronavirus outbreak continue. Flight cancellations since Chinese New Year have reduced available cargo capacity by 39% compared to last year, representing a decrease in excess of 120,000 tonnes .

    Belly capacity decreased over 85%, freighter capacity was 12% lower over the last two weeks.  Cancelled widebody belly capacity from mainland China has exceeded 40,000 tonnes over the last week, while freighter capacity has been mainly reduced to Europe.
     
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT: 

  • Ocean Freight Market: French shipping consultancy, Alphaliner, estimated that as of mid-February 2020, over 2 million TEU of capacity is idled, exceeding the previous high of 1.59 million TEU when Hanjin Shipping entered court protection in September 2016. Prior to Hanjin Shipping’s collapse, idle boxship capacity peaked at 1.52 million TEU during the 2009 global financial crisis. As a proportion of the total fleet, current idle capacity stands at 8.8%. In the last three weeks, Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific capacities have been cut by 30% to 60%.

    Service reductions are expected until end-March, as Chinese factories have been slow to resume output. Chinese shipyards also delayed work resumption, delaying scrubber installations consequently. Alphaliner estimates that 111 ships with total capacity of 1.02 million TEU, remain scheduled for scrubber installations.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an updated outlook in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.
     

RAILFREIGHT: 

  • Rail cargoes in China rose by 4.5 per cent in February, despite much of the country’s economy being on lockdown due to coronavirus. China Railway said that China loaded 171,000 railway cars per day on average last month, a daily increase of 4,945 from a year earlier. Container freight on railways surged 39.5 per cent to 26.61 million tons, it added, in an surprisingly stable account of China’s rail freight network, reported by South China Morning Post. 

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta will reduce its Japan flight schedule until 30 April, and additionally suspend summer seasonal service between Seattle and Osaka for 2020. Additionally, the airline also announced:
    • Delta's planned consolidation of Tokyo flights at Haneda Airport beginning 28 March 28 will happen as planned.
    • Flights between Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Portland will transition from Narita to Haneda beginning 28 March for departures from the U.S. to Tokyo, and 29 March for departures from Tokyo to the U.S.
    • Delta's Tokyo-bound flights from Minneapolis and Los Angeles will remain at Haneda.
    • Delta's service between Narita and Manila will operate daily until 27 March, and will terminate as part of the carrier's previously-announced consolidation at Haneda.
    • The airline's new service from Incheon to Manila, previously scheduled to begin 29 March, will now start on 1 May.
    • The airline's seasonal summer service between Seattle and Osaka will be suspended for the summer 2020 season, with a planned return in summer 2021. Delta will continue to serve Osaka from Honolulu.
    • Please click here to view the schedule Delta will operate beginning 7 March for U.S. departures to Japan and 8 March for Japan departures to the U.S.
       
  • Air France-KLM decided to adjust its network to/from China as follows:
    • Air France: All flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK) have been suspended up to and including 28 March 2020; All flights to/from Wuhan (WUH) will remain suspended until further notice.   
       
    • KLM: All flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK) have been suspended up to and including 28 March 2020. All flights to/from Chengdu (CTU), Hangzhou (HGH) and Xiamen (XMN) will remain suspended up to and including 3 May 2020.
       
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) temporarily decreases or suspends operations to and from an expanded list of selected cities:  
    • From Narita to Shanghai with flight number NH 959/960 from 2-28 Mar 2020
    • From Kansai to Shanghai with flight number NH 973/974 from 2-28 Mar 2020
    • From Kansai to Beijing with flight number NH 979/980 from 3-28 Mar 2020 (except one flight will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the week)
       
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • Maersk: On top of the already announced blank sailings in relation to the Chinese New Year, the following scheduled YoYo sailings will be cancelled:
    • Imports to Australia: MDV AE2 Blank 012S, ETD Xiamen 18 March 2020
    • Exports from Australia: MDV AE2 Blank 015N, ETD Melbourne 6 April 2020
       
  • HMM will terminate its three standalone Far East - USWC strings (PS1, PS2 and PN2) from the end of March, which are be replaced by services under the carrier’s new membership in THE Alliance.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an updated outlook in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Hong Kong Air Cargo released a rate adjustment on the freighter from Hong Kong to Intra-Asia destinations starting from 8 March. 5 HKD will be added to flights to Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei and 2 HKD additional will be charged to flights to Hồ Chí Minh (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) and Dhaka (Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport).
     
  • Lufthansa is reducing its flight frequencies on the routes to and from Hong Kong and Seoul (South Korea). Flights between Munich and Hong Kong will be suspended between 6 March and 24 April. Between 5 March and 24 April, some frequencies will also be cancelled on routes from Frankfurt and Munich to Seoul. Additionally, Lufthansa Cargo plans to maintain connections to and from the Chinese mainland with cargo aircrafts. From 1 March until 31 March 2020, Lufthansa Cargo's freighters are expected to operate eight times a week.
     
  • Malaysian Airlines' flights outbound Kuala Lumpur to Beijing are cancelled from 25 Feb until 7 Mar, the next available flight will be on 8 Mar and is subject to space availability. Furthermore, starting this week, the Malaysian Airlines is not able to accept any booking for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai. Any new bookings will be put on ‘Standby’ cargo (CMR) until further notice.
     
  • SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines will indefinitely suspend operations to Hiroshima from 27 March 2020 due to weak demand. The last SilkAir flight on this route will be MI867, which will operate from Hiroshima to Singapore on 26 March 2020.
     
  • Finnair cancels its flights to Mainland China (Guangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing Daxing,  Beijing Capital, Shanghai, Xi´an) until 30 April 2020. Further to this, there are also several changes announced which are:
     
    • In April, Finnair flies to Hong Kong with one daily frequency instead of the normal two daily frequencies.  
    • Finnair canceled weekly flights from its Osaka, Japan, route, and flies to Osaka during the summer season (29 March - 24 October 2020)  with 10 weekly frequencies instead of the earlier scheduled 12 weekly frequencies.  
    • Finnair cancels its daily flights to Seoul from 9 March to 16 April , 2020. Therefore all cargo bookings during this period will be cancelled.
    • Evening flight to Milan, AY1755/AY1756 will be cancelled from 4 March until 7 April and morning flight AY1751/AY1752 from 9 March until 7 April.
    • Finnair postpones the opening of its new route to Busan, Korea, from 31 March 2020 to 1 July 2020.  
       
  • Turkish Airlines canceled their flights to China’s Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shanghai cities until 29 March 2020. Furthermore, the flights to Beijing are cancelled until 9 March 2020.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • Hapag-Lloyd will implement a revised booking cancellation fee, effective 1 April 2020, for every export booking from China and China/Hong Kong that is cancelled 7 calendar days or less before the expected arrival date of the first intended vessel due to customer related issues.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an updated outlook in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • AirBridge Cargo reduced schedule frequency, from 10 to 3 flights weekly from China to Europe and USA, effective 2 March.
     
  • United Airlines announced to suspend the flights from Narita International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and from Narita International Airport to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston from 3 March to 24 April 2020.
     
  • Lufthansa Group has decided to continue to extend the suspension of passenger flights from and to mainland China until 24 April. Flights to Tehran will remain suspended until 30 April.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • CMA CGM is set to blank 23 North Europe-Asia sailings from now until 2 June, after last week announcing three further deep-sea sailings in the middle of this month had been cancelled, according to the info provided by the Loadstar.
     
  • GEODIS prepared an updated outlook in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta has decided to temporarily suspend its daily flight between New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). The company is working with their European trucking network to move shipments from Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Rome into Milano Malpensa. Delta's daily flights between Rome and both New York (JFK) and Atlanta will continue to operate as scheduled.
     
    • New York (JFK) to Milano Malpensa - last departing flight on Monday, 2 March.
    • Milano Malpensa to New York (JFK) - last departing flight on Tuesday, 3 March
    • Service to and from Milan will resume 1 and 2 May, respectively
       
  • Airgin Atlantic Air Cargo announced that their London Heathrow flights to Shanghai are now suspended until 19 April 2020.
     
  • Silkway West Airlines, the Azerbaijan-based B747 freighter operator, is maintaining its flight schedule to China, despite the coronavirus epidemic, and is keeping to Block Space Agreements (BSA) with customers.
     
  • South Korea: According to different sources, various airlines are reviewing their capacity and operation plans for flights in-out of Korea due to the changing demands. There may be changes coming soon in term of schedule / routes changed.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • OOCL announced that most major terminals in China are operating normally. For some terminals, notably in Shanghai, Ningbo and Tianjin, the demand for reefer sockets on shore has meant that there are challenges for perishable cargo. The vessel operator said it will work with customers to find alternatives for perishable cargo.

    MSC has announced additional blank sailings during this week until week 9-15 March to rationalise capacity supply from Asia to the US.
     
    • From the USWC to Asia - Week 9-15 March omission
      Pearl Service – USWC
      Blanking MSC CAMILLE voyage QH0011S, ETD 10 March in Los Angeles: Los Angeles – Yokohama – Ningbo – Shanghai – Xiamen – Tanjung Pelepas.
       
  • Maersk has announced additional void sailings on its transpacific services. The company will also cancel two more sailings on its North Europe export services. 
     
    • As a contingency Plan: MSC Camille will be extended to Busan and will be connected to MDV TN5 Q7K/008N – TP2 vessel which will call Busan for that specific week.
    • North America to Far East Asia - Week 9-15 March
      USWC-FEA 
      MSC Camille, 011S, First and last load port at Los Angeles on 14 March.
    • Maersk decided to redeploy MAERSK STEPNICA on AC2 northbound rotation per its regular rotation.
       
  • GEODIS prepared an updated outlook in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

February 2020 updates

AIR FREIGHT:

  • SAS has decided to prolong the suspension of all flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing until 29 March. Rebooking possibilities are offered for affected passengers. Flight schedule to and from Hong Kong will be reduced in March, April and May.

 
OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • The ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach are sporadically closing gates due to the low number of vessels arriving as a result of the significant blank sailings to China. Please find the Terminal Gate Schedule HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Delta has decided to temporarily reduce the number of flights between the U.S. and Seoul-Incheon, South Korea (ICN) from 29 February through 30 April.
     
  • Lufthansa suspended their flights to and from China (mainland without Hong Kong) until 28 March 2020. Accordingly, the belly capacity of these flights will not be available for air cargo. However, flights to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKG) will basically continue to operate as scheduled, with only occasional single flight cancellations. Lufthansa Cargo plans to maintain connections to and from the Chinese mainland with cargo aircraft as long as possible. Please find their flight plan HERE.
     
  • Air France: All flights to/from Shanghai and Beijing have been suspended up to and including 28 March 2020. As from 29 March 2020, Air France and KLM will gradually resume operations to/from Shanghai and Beijing, alternating one daily flight to each destination. In this way, Shanghai and Beijing will be served daily from Europe, via Paris or Amsterdam, depending on the day of operation. A normal flight schedule should be resumed as from 13 April 2020.  
     
  • Qatar Airways: Has significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by a number of countries:
    • Flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are cancelled until 31 March 2020.
    • Flights to Hangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu are cancelled until 30 April 202.
       

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • ONE management team have formed a special task force and activated their Business Continuity Plan, which structures their response to events impacted by the outbreak. The majority of ONE offices in China have reopened with staff available on-site. An updated list of office status is provided HERE
     
  • Cosco Shipping Lines HQ and all regional offices in China have fully resumed work, except Hubei area. For health and safety reasons, their anti-epidemic measures in all open offices in China have already been enhanced. In Hubei area, the company continuously provides services by telecommunications during this special period.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Etihad: announces a series of additional freighter flights over the coming three weeks, driven by the additional demand in ShanghaiHong KongMumbaiDhakkaSingaporeJohannesburgAmsterdam and Paris.
     
  • Hong Kong Air Cargo is implementing a general rate increase for all Intra-Asia outbound flight from Hong Kong (HKD 2 per KG, effective as of March 2020).
     
  • Cathay Pacific further suspended their flights in addition to the announcement made on 20 February, while their freighters continue to operate as per their usual schedule. The following routes will be temporarily suspended until 28 March 2020, due to the continued decline of passenger travel:
     
    • Israel-Tel Aviv, effective 24 February
    • South Korea – Seoul, effective 1 March
    • Spain – Barcelona, effective 2 March
    • India - Kolkata, effective 9 March
       
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity overview for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • The ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach are sporadically closing gates due to the low number of vessels arriving as a result of the significant blank sailings to China. Please find the Terminal Gate Schedule HERE.

 
TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • There is a congestion at the Vietnam – China border gates due to the increased amount of trucks and the health check routines and quarantine procedure.
     
  • Hong Kong has further restricted the territory's border crossings with mainland China. Those which remain open are the city's international airport, the Shenzhen Bay border and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. Cargo is still moving across the border in both directions, however with expected delay.

OCEAN FREIGHT

  • Shanghai Port’s quarantine station operates from 8:00 to 24:00, 16 hours per day instead of 24 hours. Drivers from Hubei province and 6 cities (Bengbu, Fuyang, Wenzhou, Xinyang, Shenzhen and Yueyang) are not allowed to enter the port areas. Therefore, the estimated operation time is increased by 24-48 hours compared to the usual operation time.
     
  • Xiamen Port: The Xiamen government has announced a list of fees which are being cancelled or reduced among them port charges, security charges, pilotage dues, parking fees and others.
     
  • Several countries including The USA, Canada Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kuwait, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea and Argentina have imposed restrictions on port calls.
     
  • Several ports and carriers announced adjustments of detention and demurrage fees. Please contact your GEODIS account manager on this topic, in case you require more information.

 
AIR FREIGHT:

  • Signs that the manufacturing activity is ramping up are quickly appearing from the main manufacturing regions of Mainland China . Access to capacity has tightened and prices seem to  have increased by up to 50% versus the last few days.
     
  • Several major airlines have announced plans to progressively resume previously suspended flights, starting earliest by end of February. These include British Airways, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Air France, Air China, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Nippon Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airline, Virgin Atlantic and Aeroflot.
     
  • South East Asia: Capacity from China to the Asia-Pacific Region, especially to Singapore, India and Australia are fully booked until 26 February. Demand increases rapidly in line with the resumed production. Increasing volumes of sea freight cargo are transferred to air freight to attempt to catch up on the incurred delays. Prices are increasing accordingly with capacity being sold up to  three times the pre-crisis prices on specific lanes. So far, GEODIS remains able to manage all volume on hand through its current capacity.
     
  • Hong Kong: Inbound capacity remains very tight with limited available capacity and reduced frequencies. The same applies to all flights from Hong Kong to Mainland China.
     
  • Korea: Korean Air announced to stop all flights to Daegu until 28 March. Asiana Airlines follows by suspending all flights to the city until 9 March. Citing coronavirus concerns, Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways said it would suspend all flights to South Korea from 26 February.
     
  • Virgin Airlines will cancel their 10 passenger flights for Hong Kong to London starting in March.
     
  • Additionally, to help our customers in gaining better overview of available airfreight capacity, we have prepared an airfreight capacity dashboard for selected key routes into/out of China and other cities in Asia HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Emirates resumed daily outbound flights from Shanghai. According to Emirates, its resumed schedule reverts to the pre-virus period schedule: 5 flights per week except on 24 February. As well, it is expected that they will reestablish its twice weekly flights to Hong Kong as of week 17. 
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • Shanghai port still is not able to handle additional import reefer shipments. It is expected that the situation will be improved in the next 2 weeks when the consignees start to pick up reefers.
     
  • Shipments from Shanghai to USA East Coast are facing capacity issues.

   
TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • Trucking pick-up for East China: LTL service between Suzhou/Wuxi and Shanghai will be available as of today, 24 February, only for the cargo which is less than 3 CBM per shipment. There  are still some expected delays on the operations.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Cathay: Due to the continued decline of passenger travel, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon announced additional reductions to our passenger network capacity. For details of their revised schedule for cargo-bookable passenger flights, please click HERE.
     
  • GEODIS is extending our Air Direct Mexico capability to support demand due to supply chain disruptions. For more information please contact your local GEODIS representative.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • We have prepared a short outlook report in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.


TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • East China: Trucking pick-up services still face difficulties due to stringent road restriction in each city. GEODIS manages planned pick-ups from most cities in Yangtze River Delta as well as from the majority of China’s major cities. In Wuhan and Hubei area, trucking services experience further heavy challenges and disruptions. In Huzhou, Wenzhou and Xi’an services remain limited due to resource constraints.
     
  • The operations clearance between 2 border gates, Huu Nghi and Pingxiang are functioning but with disruptions. Hence, processing time takes longer than usual as all drivers to/from China and Hong Kong need to undergo health checks prior to crossing borders.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Etihad Cargo confirmed the reintroduction of dedicated freighter flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai with limited capacity commencing today, 19 February 2020. While scheduled flights remain suspended between the United Arab Emirates and mainland China gateways except for Beijing, the regulatory authorities in the UAE have now approved interim services to Shanghai.
     
  • British Airways reduced its passenger flight from Hong Kong to London Heathrow from 2 to 1 flight per day started from 14 February due to insufficient travelers demand. In the last few days, British Airways also announced it would be extending its cancellations to Beijing and Shanghai until 31 March.
     
  • AirBridge Cargo is planning to resume freighter service in Hong Kong starting from weekend 22 February 2020.
     
  • China Airlines cancelled CI753 flight from Taipei to Singapore from 17 to 26 February and 3 to 12 March 2020. This is leading to an expected delay on GEODIS consolidation services by approx.1 day.
     
  • 32 flights from China to Kansai International Airport have been canceled on 18 February causing the rate to pike for Airfreight shipment to/from Japan.
     
  • Sichuan Airlines will add 2 flights from Chengdu to Brussels starting from 24 February 2020.

     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • Maersk reported that their barge operations are normal. The backlogs from Shanghai to Wuhan are in the process of being cleaned up.
     
  • Cosco and New Golden Sea Shipping adjusted their Global Service in February 2020, and formulated a service replacement plan so that their customers and partners can adjust shipping arrangement in advance. Please click below link to check details in the link here: COSCO  and NEW GOLDEN SEA SHIPPING 
     
  • GEODIS has prepared a short outlook report in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Emirates will increase its flights to Shanghai starting from this Thursday, 20 February to 23 February.
     
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon announced an escalation in capacity reductions, increasing from the previously announced 30% reduction to a 40% network-wide capacity reduction for February and March. This temporary capacity reduction is also likely to continue into April. Their freighters continue to operate as per their schedule.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • GEODIS has prepared a short outlook report in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • ONE management team announced the extension of office resumption date to 24 February 2020 for the majority of its offices in China except for Wuhan which is suspended until further notice. New bookings to/from all ports in Hubei province including Wuhan are temporarily suspended.

    Additionally, due to the slow inbound container pick-up activity and the extension of the Chinese New Year holidays, some Chinese terminals, especially Xingang (Tianjin) and Shanghai are already facing a serious shortage of available reefer plugs. Hence, the company may need to adjust the original transportation plan for reefer shipments to the Chinese terminals mentioned above.
     
  • APL implemented work-from-home arrangement for their staff. The company will continue to provide services on remote basis until their offices return to full operations from 2 March 2020, subject to further review. As of now, counter services remain available except at: Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Lianyungang, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Zhongshan. Their depot operations are back to normal except Shenzhen which is partly open (except for Yantian Greating Fortune Shekou, Yanggang Yantian and Jinhongji Yantian that are closed).
     
  • Hamburg Süd: All ocean terminal depots remain open and empty pick-up and laden return services are operating. Many off-dock depots have resumed work, with the exceptions of Ningbo and Yantian. Yard congestion for reefer containers and high utilization of on-dock reefer capacity is still critical. In the interim period, the company is working on temporary solutions, while ensuring to maintain the cold chain for all reefer containers. In the event that any units are diverted to alternative ports due to limited port capacity, Hamburg Süd will notify their customers via the original booking office. 
     

TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • Pingxiang border is getting back to normal operations from 17 February 2020. However, truck drivers from Hubei province are still prohibited to enter the area.
  • The Less Than Truckload (LTL) services between Suzhou/ Wuxi/ Nanjing/ Ningbo/ Hangzhou/ Changzhou/ Hefei and Shanghai are expected to be available as of 24 February 2020.


RAIL FREIGHT:

  • For detail operational status of different rail operators on various routes in China, GEODIS prepared a summary for our customer which can be found HERE.

PORT:

  • Shanghai Port: the quarantine station operates from 8:00 to 24:00, 16 hours per day instead of 24 hours. Trucks from Hubei province and 14 cities are not allowed to enter. Therefore, estimated operation time is increased by 24-48 hours comparing to standard period of before.
     

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • Maersk announced alternative routings for AE110 with vessel name: MSC Eloane from Qingdao (firs port date: 26 Feb) to Singapore (last port date: 15 Mar). Alternative coverage for Mediterranean to Asia will be communicated separately. 
     
  • Hamburg Süd announced additional blank sailing of their SERA 2 service in week 9. The vessel named: MSC Elone from Qingdao (28 Feb) to Busan (29 Feb) - to Ningbo (2 Mar) to Shanghai (5 Mar) to Nansha (9 Mar) to Yantian (10 Mar) and Singapore (last port date: 15 Mar).
     
  • COSCO HQ and Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hainan regional offices have fully resumed work from 10 February 2020, other regional offices including Tianjin, Ningbo, South China and Wuhan are continuously provide services by telecommuting and on duty teams during this special period. For the health and safety of our customers and employees, anti-epidemic measures in all our opened offices in China have already been tremendously enhanced.
     
    • Export barge service at Wuhan Yangluo Port: the cargo for transship via Shanghai (Yangshan and Waigaoqiao) are currently being arranged on common feeder services.
       

AIR FREIGHT:

  • United Cargo has suspend their flights between the U.S. and Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shanghai until 24 April 2020.  
     
  • Air Canada is extending the suspension of its flights between Canada and Beijing and Shanghai until  27 March 2020 (subject to government approval). Services to Beijing and Shanghai were initially suspended for the month of February following the Government of Canada's  29 January 2020 advisory discouraging non-essential travel to China. Additionally, Air Canada will temporarily suspend its daily non-stop Toronto-Hong Kong flights starting from 1 March to 27 March  2020. Daily, non-stop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will continue.
  • 4 days after Chinese manufacturing firms are authorized to reopen, the ramp up of the export flows out of China appears to be slower than initially expected. This is partly due to a delayed return of workforce, to a lack of components required for production and to the license requirements imposed by local Chinese authorities to allow factories to reopen.

    The lack of return cargo from China is not enabling the commercial freighter operators to resume their regular flights and thus pressure on capacity into China from Europe and North America remains strong. Subject to a stabilization of the sanitary situation, we foresee the ramp up to take a minimum of two extra weeks to reach a close to normal output.

    By then commercial operators should have started to phase in additional flights and the situation on the inbound flows into China will start easing. As of mid-March, once the manufacturing output has reached its expected level and in spite of the re-introduction of freighter capacity, we expect the shortage of belly capacity linked to the cancelation of passenger flights to start playing a role and pressure on China export capacity will intensify.

 
TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • Tucking pick-up capacity is severely impacted by the strict quarantine rule for drivers (14 days) and entrance controls of cities in Zhejiang and Jiangsu. FTL capacity is picking up gradually while LTL services remain heavily affected.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • American Airlines has announced that they’re extending their cancelations of flights to mainland China and Hong Kong from both Dallas and Los Angeles through late April 2020:
    • Flights from Dallas and Los Angeles to mainland China are now suspended through 24 April 2020
    • Flights from Dallas to Hong Kong are suspended until 23 April 2020
    • Flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong are suspended until 24 April 2020
       
  • Cathay Pacific Group has announced a number of changes to their passenger network which will impact their cargo operations. For the passenger destinations that are affected by temporary suspensions, click HERE. Their freighter schedule remains largely intact. Details of Cathay's frequency changes across the passenger network are available HERE

OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • GEODIS has prepared a short outlook report in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general to enhance your awareness. Please find the report HERE.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • American Airlines Cargo: Due to the reduction in demand, American Airlines has extended the suspension of flights to and from mainland China and Hong Kong from our Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) hubs. 
    • Flights between DFW/LAX and mainland China are suspended until 24 April.
    • Flights between DFW and Hong Kong are suspended until 23 April.
    • Flights between LAX and Hong Kong are suspended until 24 April.
       
  • Cathay Pacific announced a further reduction of 4 frequencies per week between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE), effective from 13 February 2020, until the end of March. Services between HKG and TPE will continue to be served through the daily HKG-TPE-KIX (Kensai International Airport) and HKG-TPE-NRT (Narita International Airport) flights. The suspension of services to Kaohsiung (KHH) is extended until the end of March 2020. Hong Kong freighter flights continue to operate as per the schedule available HERE.
     
  • The pull-down of passenger flights results in a decrease of  40-45% of the air cargo capacity on the major east-west lanes. The suspension of passenger flights will impact the Intra-Asia and Asia-Europe trade lanes more than the Trans-Pacific route, where freighters are providing more relative capacity. Generally, freighter operators typically suspend flights for 10-to-14 days for scheduled services during a normal Chinese New Year schedule, when there is no factory output. They ramp up flights about four days after factories open, we therefore expect to see more aircrafts flying as of Thursday.
     
  • The current capacity shortage is resulting in higher rates being levied on airfreight moving in and out of China and Hong Kong.


OCEAN:

  • Evergreen: Due to safety concerns, the company announced on 10 February that most offices have resumed work but will not be fully staffed at all times. Services could be delayed and a longer dwell time is expected.


TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • Pingxiang border is severely congested: the border only processes 25 inbound trucks and 25 outbound trucks. However, there are currently over 300 trucks waiting for inbound and over 200 trucks waiting for outbound. Hence, this means more delays: 4-6 days of waiting time to cross the border.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • USA: Additional airlines are canceling / reducing their flights to and from China and have stopped providing pricing for cargo movements. GEODIS continues to provide our customers with solutions routed through our major US Gateways. In view of the volatiole market situation, these solutions are subject to ad hoc pricing. Please see attached flight schedule: HERE.
     
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have announced temporarily reduction of their passenger flights by 90% of their capacity into mainland China until the end of March 2020. There will also be significant reductions around the rest of their passenger network during this time. The total impact across their network will amount to a reduction of approximately 30% of passenger capacity. Whilst their freighter schedule remains largely intact, these changes will impact passenger belly cargo capacity. Please click here to read Cathay’s capacity change announcement.
     

OCEAN:

  • APL announced specific arrangements for reefers related to Shanghai and Tianjin as follow:
    • Reefer containers that are awaiting pick-up at container terminals in Shanghai may be temporarily stored and plugged on board of alongside docked vessels.
    • Reefer containers in transit to Shanghai or Tianjin may be re-routed for transshipment.
       
  • GEODIS also prepared a short outlook report in relation to coronavirus impacts on the ocean freight market in general, to enable you to respond to the situation promptly. Please find the report HERE.
     
  • For further information on changed demurrage and detention charges policies announced by some of the carriers, please contact a GEODIS representative near you.

RAIL:

  • Jet Rail: Chengdu Line outbound to Lodz, Tilburg and Nuremberg scheduled during 12-14 February are cancelled.
     
  • Zhengzhou: inbound & outbound lines postponed their resumption date to 17 February.
     
  • YXO: Chongqing line, outbound to Mala and Hamburg, scheduled before 16 February are all cancelled while inbound traffic is available now on 13, 17, 20 and 22 February.
     
  • TEL: Xi’an line, outbound scheduled on 9 February is postponed to 21 February instead while the scheduled inbound from Germany is postponed due to the hurricane.
     
  • EPU/Railink: Hefei outbound trains, scheduled on 12 February is postponed to 19 February while its outbound trains are expected to operate again on 29 February.
     
  • Interail: Yiwu line outbound trains scheduled before 20 February and inbound trains scheduled before 21 February are all cancelled.
     
  • TEL: Xiamen outbound schedule will be available on 19 February 2020.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Air France/KLM: All flights to/from Shanghai and Beijing have been suspended up to and including 15 March 2020. As from 16 March 2020, AF and KLM will gradually resume operations to/from Shanghai and Beijing, alternating one daily flight to each destination. A normal flight schedule should be resumed as from 29 March 2020. The resumption of flights to/from Wuhan is also scheduled for 29 March 2020. For the time being, services to/from Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen will remain suspended up to and including 28 March 2020. Flights to/from Hong Kong and Taipei will operate as planned.
     
  • Lufthansa has suspended its flights to and from China (mainland without Hong Kong) until 29 February 2020. Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao will not be served by passenger aircraft until 28 March 2020. Accordingly, the additional cargo capacity on these flights will not be available for air cargo. However, flights to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will continue to operate as scheduled. 
     
  • Eva Air will only allow passenger flights from Taiwan to Shanghai (including SHA), Beijing, Chengdu and Xiamen starting 10 February to 29 April. For freighter flights: bookings, including small bulk shipments, currently cannot be accepted. As the result, EVA takes only Beijing and Chengdu shipments starting 7 February until a further announcement is made. Hong Kong and Macau shipments are processed as usual. Hong Kong and Macau shipments are processed as usual.
     
  • Etihad: Their freighter flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai will be temporarily suspended effective immediately, whilst the operations to Hong Kong remain unchanged.
     

OCEAN:

  • MSC will proceed with an additional blank sailing on week 7 on our JADE service from Asia to the Mediterranean to rationalize the capacity supply during the extended holiday period announced in China.
     
  • Maersk announced blank sailing of AE10 service MSC SAMAR voyage 006W in week 6 from the Far East. The vessel will call proforma ports in Asia and stop in Tanjung Pelepas. As a consequence, they announced alternative coverage for AE10 cancellation Westbound: which are possible via Algeciras, Bremanhaven or Gdansk.


TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • East China: Today, in most of cities in the Jiangsu & Zhejiang provinces, work is resuming. However, truck drivers are facing difficulties entering into the cities to pickup cargo. Additionally, non-residents are prohibited to enter into the 7 provinces (Hubei, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Henan, Hunan, Anhui, and Jiangxi) without a proper permit.
     
    South China: In Chongzhuo City, where Pingxiang border is located, local authorities imposed a 14-days-quarantine for all people from other areas who want to pass through or enter the restricted area. This leads to further shortage of truck services leading to additional delays for delivery and pick-up of cargo from/to other countries in the region.
     

CONTRACT LOGISTICS:

  • GEODIS is resuming its contract logistics operations in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. We have established precautionary measures to keep our staff safe while they will progressively return to our premises. Given the tightened restrictions and partly new quarantine regulations set by local authorities, it will however take throughout the coming days and maybe weeks to return to full operational capacity.
  • American Airlines: Due to the reduction in demand, American Airlines has extended the suspension of flights to Hong Kong from its Los Angeles hub through 27 March. Flights to Hong Kong from Dallas/Fort Worth are scheduled to resume 21 February.  All operations to and from the Chinese mainland are suspended beginning today through 27 March 2020.
     
  • Further schedule changes to the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. The passenger services that will be temporarily suspended until 28 March 2020 can be found HEREThe freighter flights are expected to operate as scheduled. 
     
  • From next week starting 10 February, freighter flights from Vietnam to China will be partially resumed. The market supply will be about 25% of the normal capacity.
     
  • According to Seabury’s report, “the suspensions of flights from mainland China decreased cargo capacity by in excess of 4,000 tonnes per day, roughly 30-40% of total capacity. Comparing year-on-year outbound capacity from mainland China in the period after Chinese New Year shows the coronavirus has so far mostly impacted Intra-Asia and Europe-bound wide-body belly capacity. Most importantly, it is not only the cargo capacity that is reduced, but also thousands of tonnes of trade worth millions of dollars (per day) that are not where they are supposed to be.”

    OCEAN:
  • ONE management has extended the resumption date to 17 February for most of its offices in China except in Wuhan, the resumption of which is still to be further confirmed. More details: HERE.
     
  • Evergreen offices will resume their operations as of 10 February although some offices such as in Nanjing, Wuhan and Chongqing will not be fully functioning due to the shortage of manpower. More details: HERE.
     
  • Vessels sailing from China to Australia after 1 February 2020 are not allowed to enter Australian ports within a 14 day window of leaving in China. This means for voyages taking 12 days, the vessel will have to anchor offshore for 2 days before being permitted to berth. It is possible that further blank sailings will occur.

    TRUCKING SERVICES:
  • The border now opens for trucks from Vietnam to China. However, the trucks from China to Vietnam still go through a medical quarantine for 14 days.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Virgin Australia announced today that they will be withdrawing their services between Australia and Hong Kong, following a comprehensive review of the route. Please be aware of the suspension of the Melbourne-Hong Kong services, effective from 11th February 2020. The Sydney-Hong Kong service will cease operating from 2 March 2020.
     
  • Delta has decided to temporarily suspend all flights to and from the U.S. and China beginning 6 February through 30 April due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus.

OCEAN:
 

  • Hamburg Süd: Hamburg Süd offices will continue to operate with limited staff, resuming normal operations on Monday, 17 February. There are reports of yard congestion for reefer containers and high utilization of on-dock reefer capacity.
     
  • Carriers have increased the number of sailings cancelled in February. On the Asia-North Europe route, there will be 19 cancelled sailings this February, up from 12 last February, according to the Drewry Container Forecaster.
     
  • The 2M Alliance will cancel an additional two China-North Europe sailings in February, and the Ocean Alliance is believed to be blanking three sailings in February on the China-US West Coast trade.

RAIL:

  • Rail freight services have also been disrupted with suspensions to and from Wuhan in Hubei province, identified as ground zero in the coronavirus outbreak. The next train out of China is loading in Xi'an and scheduled to leave for Europe on 9 February 2020.
     
  • Rail services from Xiamen, Zhengzhou, and Yiwu, destined for Hamburg and Duisburg in Germany have been scheduled for later in February, but space on all the services will be at a premium. Carriers were facing serious delays transporting containers from China, mainly due to increased biochemical controls being implemented at Russian borders.
     

TRUCKING SERVICES:

  • Hong Kong: The imposed quarantine starting this weekend will not impact cross-border cargo movement. It has been confirmed by Hong Kong Customs and Immigration that vehicles are permitted to cross into Hong Kong with deliveries for local consumption and/or export from Hong Kong SAR although some delays are expected.
     
  • Cross-border trucking between Vietnam and China: The borders between Vietnam and China are currently closed. From China to Vietnam, trucks can cross the border but need to go through a medical quarantine for 14 days. These measures apply until further notice. 

 

PORTS:

  • Vietnam: Hai Phong Maritime Port Authority, starting from 4 February 2020, all vessels sailing from any Chinese ports (including transit) to Hai Phong, must undergo a 14-day medical quarantine at the Hoan Dau wharf before entering the port. Hence, delays in unloading is expected accordingly.
     
  • Canada: Port Arrival Procedures Announced. Canada has introduced a new policy for foreign-flagged ships arriving at Canada ports. As part of Canada's 96-hour Pre-arrival Inspection Notice (PAIR) and 24 hour PAIR, respectively – the vessel Master must now advise Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security of any crew or passengers with Coronavirus symptoms.
     
  • USA: The US Coast Guard over the weekend announced strict reporting requirements for vessels arriving at US ports from China, although no vessel delays or other incidents have been reported thus far.
     

AIR FREIGHT:

  • Cathay Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited (“Cathay Dragon”) will be progressively reducing around 90% of their flights into Mainland China. There will also be significant reductions around the rest of the network during the next two months depending on market conditions and other factors. These reductions are temporary and are driven by the commercial and operational realities at this time, as well as projections in short-term demand.
     
  • American Airlines from 4 February, suspended its Hong Kong service to and from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles through Feb. 20 citing a drop in demand. American last week suspended its mainland China flights through 27 March 2020 but intended to continue flying to Hong Kong. Delta and United took similar steps.
     
  • Emirates will suspend flights to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG) from Wednesday 5 February 2020, until further notice.
    • The last flights to/from these destinations will be:
    • Dubai-Guangzhou: EK362 departing Tuesday 4 February
    • Guangzhou-Dubai: EK363 departing Wednesday 5 February
    • Dubai-Shanghai: EK304 departing Tuesday 4 February
    • Shanghai-Dubai: EK305 departing Wednesday 5 February

      Emirates will continue operations to/from Beijing (PEK) as scheduled. However, travellers will be subject to additional medical tests when departing PEK airport from 5 February and should report to the airport 8 hours prior to their scheduled departure time.
       
  • Ethiopian Airlines during the month of February 2020 is adjusting service to Hong Kong, reflected in this week’s schedule update. From 9 February to 29 February (Addis Ababa departure), the airline’s 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Hong Kong service, will see the flight terminates at Bangkok.

AIR FREIGHT:

  • The United Arab Emirates is suspending flights to mainland China outside of Beijing effective 5 February 10 AM.
     
  • Etihad will be temporarily suspending the service to Chengdu (CTU) and Shanghai (PVG) from the 5 February. This follows the recent suspension of Beijing – Nagoya – Beijing service from 3 February.
     
  • For latest air carrier status from Beijing and Shanghai, please follow the link HERE.


OCEAN FREIGHT:

  • In order to make it easier for our customers, GEODIS is working closely with carriers. We aim at mitigating the impact arriving from prolonged transit times, by negotiating special demurage and detention agreements. For more information, please reach out to a contact in GEODIS offices. 

RAIL:

  • Wuhan Train connections are cancelled for February. Whether operations can resume between 13-17 February is still to be confirmed.
  • Chengdu First outbound connection to Tilburg is scheduled for 11 February, with tightening capacity. The recent earthquake in the area has not further impacted the train schedule.
  • Zhengzhou First outbound connection is scheduled for 18 February. Space on inbound connection is tight. 
  • Chongqing First outbound connections are scheduled for 15 February (to Mala) and 16 February (to Duisburg)
     
  • Xi’an First outbound trains are scheduled on 12 February with fully booked space.
  • Hefei First outbound trains are scheduled on 12 February with fully booked space.
  • Yiwu First departure is scheduled on 22 February. The rest of train connections are cancelled for February. 
     
  •  Xiamen First outbound trains are scheduled on 15 February with available capacity.
     
  • Shenyang The outbound trains scheduled on 8 February are cancelled. The next operations are scheduled to begin on 15 February.
     
  • Changchun First outbound trains are scheduled on 8 February.
  • Border info So far freight trains transloading at China-Kazakhstan & China-Russia border are operating normally.

Port operation:

  • Ningbo-Zhoushan Port announced the extension of Terminal Free Storage to 20 days for Export and Import containers, 
     
  • Agents and brokers are reporting that vessel operations are slowing down at Chinese ports and shipyards. Despite an edict from the Ministry of Transport issued on 30 January 2020, urging port operators to keep ships moving, a lack of stevedores and truck drivers is impacting vessel turnaround times. As an added consequence storage yards within port areas are facing congestion. Chinese shipyards are reportedly turning away vessels from scheduled dry-docks, referring to labor shortage and causing further shipment delivery delays.

Airlines: 

  • Effective 3 February 2020, Qatar has suspended all its belly-hold cargo flights to Mainland China until further notice.
     
  • Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on 1 February and said it would stop all flights to and from China. All permits granted for flights between Vietnam and China, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau have been revoked until further notice.
     
  • Qantas said its suspension will remain in place until 29 March 2020 and may be brought forward if the situation changes. There is no change to its services to Hong Kong. Qantas had been due to end its Sydney-to-Beijing service on 23 February 2020 for commercial reasons.
     
  • For detailed flight cancelations from Shanghai Airport, please click HERE.
     
  • It is reported that a minimum of 50 airlines have now cancelled their flights to China, Please find the reference article with an overview of airlines HERE


Ocean Carriers: 

  • Many carriers are in the process of slowing down and idling their ships in the Asia Region. Spot rates are predicted to further spike, compared to previous weeks
     
  • Several carriers have announced additional blank sailings in anticipation of further slowing down in demand. Various sources report 58 blank sailings from Asia to Europe (compared with 25 in the same period a year ago), and 59 void voyages from Asia to North America against 43 in the first quarter of 2019.

Rail: 

  • The TEL/ Interrail Wuhan inbound and outbound service is suspended until further notice
  • The EPU/Jet-Rail outbound Chengdu Line is suspended until after 10 February
  • The EPU/Jet-Rail outbound Hefei Line is suspended until further notice.
  • The TEL outbound Xiamen line is suspended until 22 February
  • The YXO Chongqing inbound and outbound will resume its operation on 10 February:
    • All westbound trains scheduled on 5 February are cancelled while the operation on 7 February is still to be confirmed. 

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