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Fri 14/02/2020 - 17:39

Advisory Bulletin: Coronavirus Outbreak Update

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Update: 21 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

Please find below our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. 

GEODIS offices in China will officially reopen on 24 February 2020. Currently, our teams are working on remote basis with reasonably full functionality. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Chengdu, Dongguan, Shenyang  and Shenzhen are operating with reduced capacity, yet progressively picking-up since last week. 

Despite there is no reported case of GEODIS staff being infected by the virus, we take every necessarily precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our staff members. Hence, we temporarily relocate part of our Business Process Outsource Unit, located in Bangkok, to a different location in order to prevent any possible negative impact from the outbreak as well as to secure business continuity and steady supports provided to different business units across global GEODIS network. 
Regulatory Update from Chinese Authorities

Hubei province (Wuhan) has announced that except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, other enterprises (such as GEODIS) should not open up before 10 March. First working day is 11 March. 

 

Freight 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.
GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we included additional flights as follows:
  • Shanghai to Liege flight is scheduled on 22 February 2020 with the same arrival date. 
     
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt flight is scheduled to depart on 29 February 2020 with the same arrival date.
Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
Market Outlook: According to the Seabury, the cancelled capacity from mainland China has exceeded 40,000 tonnes over the last week. Widebody belly capacity from mainland China is reduced to all regions and often more than 70%, while freighter capacity is mainly reduced to North America and Europe. Belly capacity from mainland China to the rest of Asia shows the largest absolute decrease.

Flight cancellations have removed in excess of 6,000 tonnes capacity per day. Worldwide belly cargo capacity reduction remains limited to Asian flights while Intra-Asia widebody belly capacity has reduced with 54%. Transatlantic widebody belly capacity shows a slight increase, suggesting some capacity is starting to be reallocated.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 20 February 2020

 

Dear Valued Customer,

Today no major updates occurred compared to yesterday’s situation.

At GEODIS we remain fully committed to monitor the development and provide you with relevant information about impacts of the Coronavirus on supply chain activities.

Please find hereunder our daily report from yesterday, and further down all previous updates.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 19 February 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

Please find below our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services.

GEODIS has added an additional charter flight for urgent shipments between China & Europe – please see further down in the “GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe”-section.

GEODIS offices in China will officially reopen on 24 February 2020. Currently, our teams are working on remote basis with reasonably full functionality. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses are operating with reduced capacity, yet progressively picking-up since last week. Please find GEODIS office and warehouse operational status across China HERE.

Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we included additional flights as follows:
  • Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport on the same day local evening time, 21 February 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liege flight is scheduled on 22 February 2020 with the same arrival date. 
     
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt flight is scheduled to depart on 29 February 2020 with the same arrival date.
Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
Industry Insight: 

According to the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index on the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, which resumed operation on 14 February, Asia-Europe rates dropped more than 12% from the pre-holiday level on 23 January. Meanwhile, transpacific rates slid 6-8%. On Asia-Europe trade, the tallies are 22 versus 10 over the same period, plus 44 blanked sailings driven by the Chinese New Year holiday. 

According to Sea-Intelligence, the impact on exporters from non-China origins is therefore a negative side-effect of the blanked sailings.” It added that the current situation was leaving carriers with little choice between blanking a sailing or potentially sailing at a “highly loss-making” utilisation level.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 18 February 2020

 

Dear Valued Customer,

Please find below our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. 


GEODIS established additional air charter and rail freight solutions to support you with inbound and outbound shipments from and to China. Please see the details further down in today’s update.

GEODIS in China extended its work-at-home period by one more week (until 21 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 24 February 2020. Through this period our teams are working on remote basis with reasonably full functionality. Normal operations are being progressively re-instated over the coming days and weeks in line with the newly imposed regulations. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses are operating with reduced capacity, yet progressively picking-up since last week, as a result of labor shortage. Please find GEODIS office and warehouse operational status across China HERE.

Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we updated the flight schedule as follows: The second charter flight will depart from Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport on the same day local evening time, 21 February 2020. The corresponding return flight is scheduled for 22 February 2020. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 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.

 

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 17 February 2020

 

Dear Valued Customer,

At GEODIS we are committed to doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. We appreciate your attention to our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. 

Previous updates are available on our website HERE.

GEODIS established additional air charter and rail freight solutions to support you with inbound and outbound shipments from and to China. Please see the details further down in today’s update.

GEODIS in China extended its work-at-home period by one more week (until 21 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 24 February 2020. Through this period our teams are working on remote basis with reasonably full functionality. Normal operations are being progressively re-instated over the coming days and weeks in line with the newly imposed regulations. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses are operating with reduced capacity, yet progressively picking-up since last week, as a result of labor shortage.

Freight Operations
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.
GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we updated the flight schedule as follows: The second charter flight will depart from Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport on the same day local evening time, 21 February 2020. The corresponding return flight is scheduled for 22 February 2020. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 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.
For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 14 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

Below we capture the latest updates around Coronavirus and its impacts on supply chain industry and operational capacity of GEODIS.

GEODIS in China extended its work-at-home period by one more week (until 21 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 24 February 2020. Through this period our teams are working on remote basis with reasonably full functionality. Normal operations are being progressively re-instated over the coming days and weeks in line with the newly imposed regulations. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses are operating with reduced capacity, yet progressively picking-up since last week, as a result of labor shortage.

Please find an operational status sheet of our offices and warehouses across China HERE.
Regulatory Update from Chinese Authorities
  • Several local regulatory authorities in Hubei, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces have announced and applied stricter temporary access control to protect residents in their cities.
     
  • Hubei (Wuhan) provincial authority has announced the extension of business closure to 20 February 2020 except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, other enterprises (such as GEODIS). Hence, the expected business resumption date is on  21 February respectively.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we updated the flight schedule as follows: The second charter flight will depart from Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport on the same day local evening time, 21 February 2020. The corresponding return flight is scheduled for 22 February 2020. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 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.
For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 13 February 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

At GEODIS we are committed to doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. We appreciate your attention to our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. 

Each of our daily news bulletins will focus on new developments. Please find below our latest update:

GEODIS in China has extended its work-at-home period by one week (until 14 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 17 February 2020. Our operational capacity is being progressively re-instated over the coming days and weeks in line with the newly imposed regulations. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Shenyang, Chengdu and Shenzhen have already partly picked-up their work since last week, however affected by labor shortage.


Please find an operational status sheet of our offices and warehouses across China HERE.

GEODIS Air Charter Service China – Europe

We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. Please note that we updated the flight schedule as follows: The second charter flight will depart from Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport on the same day local evening time, 21 February 2020. The corresponding return flight is scheduled for 22 February 2020. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 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 Hong Kong HERE.

 

GEODIS Block Train Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. The rail solutions between China and Europe with available schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.

For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.

 

Freight Operations 
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.
For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 12 February 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

Please find below our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. 

GEODIS in China will extend its work-at-home period by one more week (until 14 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 17 February 2020. Correspondingly, our operational capacity will be progressively re-instated during the coming days and weeks also due to newly imposed regulations. 

 

Air Charter Service China – Europe
We have established a charter solution for our customers in order to provide urgent support for shipments between China & Europe. The charter flights will depart from Liège (Belgium) to Shanghai (China) on 21 February 2020, with a scheduled arrival in Shanghai International Airport by 22 February 2020. The corresponding return flight is scheduled for 24 February 2020. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 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 Hong Kong HERE.
Freight Operations & Customs
Freight Operations & Customs
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.
For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
 
Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 11 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

GEODIS is committed to doing its best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. You will find below our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services.
 
Each of our daily news bulletins will focus on new developments. 
Freight Operations & Customs
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.
     
  • Febl: Shenyang line, outbound traffic planned before 8 February are cancelled. The first available schedule is expected on 15 February 2020.
  • Shanghai to Hong Kong: The China-Hong Kong border remains open as usual. Cargo can be moved between Shanghai and Hong Kong in both directions. GEODIS' Full Truck Load service operates as usual.
 
TRUCKING SERVICES:
  • Shanghai to Hong Kong: The China-Hong Kong border remains open as usual. Cargo can be moved between Shanghai and Hong Kong in both directions. GEODIS' Full Truck Load service operates as usual.
 
CONTRACT LOGISTICS:
  • GEODIS warehouses in Shenyang, Shenzhen and Dongguan are applying for permits to be allowed to resume their operation.
Port congestions, barge shortages and delayed booking releases are expected due to staff shortages. Furthermore, ocean carriers are blanking additional sailings and adjusting capacity out of China. GEODIS recommends its customers to review their orders expected for shipping during February and March and to share forecast information as early as possible, particularly for any urgent cargo.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 10 February 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

We are doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. Here is our latest update on the impact of the Coronavirus on transport & logistics services.

GEODIS in China will extend its work-at-home period by one more week (until 14 February), to reduce the exposure to the virus and secure the safety of our employees. Hence, GEODIS offices will officially reopen on 17 February 2020. Correspondingly, our operational capacity will be progressively re-instated during the coming days and weeks also due to newly imposed regulations. 

Local authorities in Beijing, Tianjin, Zhejiang (Ningbo), Jiangsu (Suzhou, Wuxi) and Chongqing are executing strict entrance control rules for residential and office buildings, also affecting the ability of our staff to resume work swiftly, given that access procedures are taking time.
Freight Operations & Customs
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.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.

Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 7 February 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

This daily update provides additional information compared to the previous bulletins.
AIR FREIGHT:
  • 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.
You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 6 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

At GEODIS we are committed to doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. We appreciate your attention to our latest update about the consequences of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services.
 
Each of our daily news bulletins will focus on new developments.

Freight Operations & Customs
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. 
For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 5 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We are doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business. We appreciate your attention to our next update about the impact of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. Each of our daily bulletins focuses on new developments and updates to our earlier released bulletins.
Freight Operations & Customs
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.
You can help too!
As you might know, in some of the affected areas in China there is a shortage of medical supply such as protection masks. GEODIS is organizing help for those local communities, by collecting and distributing donations of such supply. We would warmly welcome your contribution, should you be in the position to help. If you are able to provide some of the necessary materials to help local citizen protect themselves against the infection, please contact Sunny Lin, GEODIS Human Resource Director in China, sunny.lin@geodis.com.

It is expected that manufacturing by large industries such as automobiles, machinery, and pharmaceuticals in Wuhan and Hubei province could be disrupted into April if conditions worsen. Additionally, movement of raw materials and manufacturing inputs will also be delayed. Wuhan is a major hub for rail and barge traffic feeding Shanghai and other large ports in the region, and freight transport in the region could be impacted

Our GEODIS offices and warehouses in China are following the regulation imposed by local authorities, as mentioned during our previous updates. With the exception of some facilities that were allowed to proceed remote operations already during this week, GEODIS will resume regular operations starting 10 February.

Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.

Please rest assured that we will keep you updated of any changes to the current situation. Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your GEODIS Local Representative.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

UPDATE: 4 February 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

This daily update provides additional information compared to the previous bulletin from 3 February 2020. 
 
 
Update of regulations by the Chinese government or other authorities
  • The United States declared a public health emergency and announced significantly tighter immigration restrictions, now preventing entry into the US for people who recently travelled to China.
     
  • Hong Kong further restricts 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.
     
  • In the meantime, now 34 countries have announced travel and traffic restrictions to and from China, partly for the immediate period until mid of February, partly with longer term suspensions lasting into April. Amongst other sources, one overview can be found here.
Freight Operations & Customs
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.
You can help too!
 
As you might know, in some of the affected areas in China there is a shortage of medical supply such as protection masks. GEODIS is organizing help for those local communities, by collecting and distributing donations of such supply. We would warmly welcome your contribution, should you be in the position to help. If you are able to provide some of the necessary materials to help local citizen protect themselves against the infection, please contact Sunny Lin, GEODIS Human Resource Director in China, sunny.lin@geodis.com.
In line with local regulations, GEODIS will be getting back to normal operations on 10 February in most of our facilities. Our Container Freight Station (CFS) warehouses in the Shanghai area, Suzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen and Dongguan are still closed and will reopen on 10 February as well. In compliance with the instruction by the Chinese authority, GEODIS staff in Tianjin and Chengdu remotely resumed their work since yesterday. 

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on our website geodis.com or follow us on LinkedIntwitter or Facebook. For the status of your Ocean & Air Shipments related to Coronavirus outbreak, you can also find the latest update through our Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRIS).


Please do not hesitate to contact your GEODIS representative for more information on your shipments or other logistics related matters. We will be glad to attend to any inquiry you may have.

Sincerely Yours,
GEODIS Management Team

UPDATE 3 February 2020:

The coronavirus continues to spread further within China and around the globe, Cases are now reported in 24 countries (follow the WHO situation dashboard here). The impact on business activities is growing with domestic consumption in China plummeting and the extension of the Chinese New Year holidays having a significant impact on the manufacturing output. The duration of the holidays will have a material impact on logistics activities once shipments return to their usual levels in the rush to replenish inventories.
Update of regulations by the Chinese government or other authorities
  • Following the declaration of “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization last week, more countries have tightened or suspended travel connections to China.
     
  • Chinese authorities announced the completion of newly built hospitals and extended medical centers. The Huoshenshan specialized hospital, a 1000 bed facility, will come online today.  The 2nd facility in Leishenshan is to be in service as of 5 February. Authorities indicate that the increased treatment capabilities should help to curtail the spreading of the coronavirus and eventually shorten the period of travel disruptions into the affected areas.
 
Freight Operations & Customs
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. 
 

Our GEODIS offices and warehouses are following the regulation imposed by the Chinese Government, as explained during our previous updates. GEODIS will be getting back to normal operations on 10 February in most of our facilities. This applies to our logistics warehouses in the Shanghai area, Suzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen and Dongguan.

Our facility in Chengdu will resume work by today, 3 February, starting with a core workforce before resuming full operations by 10 February.

The GEODIS warehouse in Beijing is still operating normally, with an increased focus on precautionary measures for our staff.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact your GEODIS representative for more information on your shipments or other logistics related matters. We will be glad to attend to any inquiry you may have.
 
We hope & wish that none of your colleagues, friends and families are affected by the Coronavirus directly, and we remain fully committed to do our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business.
 
Sincerely yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

Update: 31 January 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your attention to our next update about the impact of the Coronavirus on current transport & logistics services. We are monitoring the situation closely, and in the immediate future will provide daily bulletins for you.
 
You can also find the latest of these bulletins here or follow us on LinkedIntwitter or facebook.
 
Each of our daily bulletin will focuses on new developments updated comparison to the previous day's. On our website you will also find the history of all earlier bulletins.
 
We hope & wish that your colleagues, friends and families are not affected by the Coronavirus directly, and we are committed to doing our best to minimize the impact of the virus outbreak on your business.
 
 
Update of regulations by the Chinese government or other authorities
  • Qingdao has now announced that except for those enterprises related to the national interest or people's livelihood, all enterprises should not open before 9 February. First working day will be 10 February. This also applies to our local GEODIS operations.
     
  • Hubei Province (Wuhan) has also announced that except for those enterprises related to the national interest or people's livelihood, all enterprises should not open in that province before 13 February. First working day is 14 February. This also applies for our local operations.
     
  • Coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency by the Word Health Organization. WHO also stated that, while the declaration is not intended to limit trade with China, it is expected that it's announcement will cause further restrictions in travel and business activities, as several countries have already started to implement stricter protection measures and further regulatory restrictions might follow.
Ports / Airports / Carriers
Port operations at Wuhan Port have been suspended until further notice.

Airlines: More and more airlines have paused their services to and from China: Lufthansa and British Airways have now suspended all flights to China until 9 February, United Airlines said it would reduce services alongside a drop in demand. Other airlines that have reportedly cancelled or suspended flights include American Airlines, Delta, Air China, China Airlines, Air Seoul, Lion Air, Air India, Finnair, Jetstar Asia, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Eva Air, JAL, Air France, KLM and Air Canada. Cathay Pacific's freighter operations are unaffected so far. Please find more detail of flight cancelation HERE.

Ocean Carriers: APL, CMA, Cosco, EMC, Hamburg-Sud, HPD, KMTC, Maersk, MSC, OOCL, ONE, SM, ZIM, NDS, NAMsung, Volta offices will be closed until 9 February and resume their operation on 10 February 2020. HMM and Ben Line will be closed until 2 February.

Rail: Russia will limit rail services with China from 31 January, leaving only direct trains between Moscow and Beijing, in response to the coronavirus crisis. Russia will also extend the closure of its land border with China for pedestrians and vehicles in the Far East regions of Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk, Primorsk and Amur, as well as Zabaikalsky Krai.

The recent developments in combination with the Chinese New Year holidays have had the overall effect of slowing down all business activities with China, as well as domestically within China. A multitude of carriers are reducing or even temporarily stopping services, also storage space is becoming tighter and more expensive.

In anticipation of restarting production activities after the extended New Year's period, we expect an increasing capacity challenge due to more lengthy backlogs than usual. 

Please do not hesitate to contact your GEODIS representative for more information on your shipments or other logistics related matters. We will be glad to attend to any inquiry you may have.

Sincerely yours,
GEODIS Management Team

 

 

update: 30 January 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

GEODIS will be continuously working to help our customers remain prepared and informed about the recent development of the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on supply chains in certain areas.

Below, you will find key information as of 30 January 2020, and we will provide further updates as the situation evolves:

Change of local regulations imposed by the Chinese government

  • Central government has announced that the spring festival holidays will extend from 24 January - 30 January to 24 January - 2 February. 3 February being the first working day.
     
  • Shanghai, Ningbo, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Xiamen have announced that except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, all enterprises (such as GEODIS) should not open before 9 February. First working day will be 10 February.
     
  • Hong Kong remains fully operational and cargo is moving in /out of China via standard cross border road services. The border is highly restricted for passenger travel however, the flow of goods has not been constrained. Additionally, there has been no decrease in flight capacity. 
     
  • There have so far been no reports of GEODIS staff becoming infected with Coronavirus. The company has undertaken significant preventive and proactive measures prior, during and after Lunar New Year to ensure we best safeguard our employees’ health and safety and continue to manage our day-to-day operations so there will be little or no impact to our customers’ supply chains. 

The mandatory extension of the Chinese New Year holiday period is delaying the reopening of manufacturing sites, therefore export and import activities remain limited. During this period GEODIS is maintaining normal vacation arrangements.

Operations

 
Port / Airport:
a. Shanghai Airports: operations continue but are disrupted due to limited labor resources in the terminals. Customs is only available for emergencies and requires advance application to perform services. For details please refer to the attached “20200128 updated for PVG Cargo arrangement during CNY”

b. Yang Shan Port is operating as usual

c. Shanghai Customs will resume work on 3 February

d. Ningbo Port is operating as usual
 
Shipping Lines / Airlines:
a. Airlines, several cancelations/ disruption have already been announced, please find the latest flight cancelation status HERE.

b. Ocean carriers: Maersk and Hapag Lloyd offices will be closed until 9 February and resume their operation on 10 February 2020.

c. Updates on other shipping lines will be provided as they become available.
 

 

GEODIS is monitoring the situation closely and keeps regular contact with our partners and the authorities to continuously provide updates and alternative planning as the situation develops.

Please do not hesitate to contact your GEODIS representative for more information on your shipments or other logistics related matters. We will be glad to attend to any inquiry you may have.

Sincerely yours,

GEODIS

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