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Update: 27 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will continue to remain closed until further notice and Beijing where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, hygiene, food and police equipment traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express continue to manage the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies and hospitals in France.
Some restrictions initially implemented to focus our operations on health (for instance delivery to individuals or hazardous goods), have been partially and temporarily raised, but with the absolute necessity of verifying before delivery that recipients are capable of receiving their goods.
We have also modified our methods of signing for recipt in order to protect our drivers: implementation of a “contactless delivery” procedure, to avoid contact and in compliance with barrier and distance measures. On this subject, we inform you that we have provided our employees and in particular our drivers with masks, soap and hydroalcoholic gel.
 
Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries, CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bills of Lading, as well as 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 a  GEODIS office at origin. We remind you that transport documents are available via your Real-Time Information System (IRISaccount through which you can also perform online bookings.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity and you can expect to be served as usual.

 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Spain: Spanish government has announced  that the country's state of alarm over coronavirus is extended until April 11th.
     
  • Chile:The Chilean President declared State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe covering the whole of Chile for 90 days with a complete lockdown apart from essential goods. Permissions for heavy and oversized pieces will get delayed. Moreover police have stopped all escort duties from Santiago till further notice, so no ODC´s can be handled from Santiago at this time.
     
  • Colombia: The National Governament declared the lockdown until April 13th. Import and export of essential goods are guaranteed except the export of  health products.
     
  • Argentina: The Government announced the extension of the total quarantine and curfew until the 13th April. Only authorized and vital goods will be cleared by the Customs Authorities. Ports, Terminals, Airports, etc. are only working with 15% of the regular staff.  Customs are working with very few staff and only attending urgencies. 
     
  • ChinaIn view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, from 0:00 28 Mar 2020 China has decided to temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals holding valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits.
Freight Operations 
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
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting March 21st, we have been offering 4 times per week, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 30 March 2020.
     
  • Liège to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 3 April 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 4 April 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:

US ports are experiencing a decline in volumes and are shutting down some operations.
North American container terminals are slowing, and in some cases shuttering, as volumes drop due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The coming months are likely to offer little, if any, reprieve from the downturn as the US enters a recession and container volumes likely remain weak.
Even as Chinese factories slowly return to normal, the US is beginning to see its rate of coronavirus infections surge, leading to massive shutdowns of the country’s major consuming regions New York and San Francisco.The US economy forecast to drop 6.5% in the second quarter, and another 1.9% drop forecast for the third quarter.

Italian logistics companies are pooling their resouces to help in the battle against the Covid-19 virus.The North Tyrrhenian port system is faced with the challenge of managing thousands of TEU coming into Northern Italy that cannot be delivered to companies now running in “non-essential” business mode for at least two weeks. To avoid heavy port storage costs and congestion risks within the terminal as well as transport activities, the port-community together with Tarros Group and Contship Italia Group have rallied together to offer a number of solutions including the availability of 100,000TEU local storage capacity within a radius of 15km from the port of La Spezia as well as the intermodal-hubs in Melzo (Milan), Dinazzano (Reggio Emilia) and Padua.

Freight representatives have urged European governments to implement green lanes at border points to keep shipments moving across the Continent. Despite new EC’s green lanes guidelines which stipulate that border crossings should take no longer than 15 minutes for road freight, many logistics operators have faced  delays at the EU’s internal borders” disrupting the delivery of goods and integrated supply chains.The industry now needs the support of all European governments to support their efforts by suspending restrictions such as weekend, night and sectoral bans, and to provide stimulus to facilitate the operation of such a vital sector of the economy.

Worldwide air cargo demand fell 3% year-over-year (YoY) in the first two months of 2020, a larger decrease than the provisional estimated fall of 2.7%.As the global aviation industry enters a period of extreme uncertainty about its immediate future, the overall picture is “very bleak,” with the starting positions of individual parties showing large differences;the average 3% YoY decrease hides starkly different individual performances.The Europeans as a group lost 6.5%, with a spread between -23% and +9%. And the North American forwarders as a group lost 5%, the best among them being at the same level as in the first two months of 2019, and the worst at -21%.

This crisis has of course a strong impact on pricing to/from China, from Hong Kong and to/from USA/Europe HERE.

Source: TAC Index, 23 March 2020, The Loadstar, Air Cargo News, 26 March 2020; 

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: 26 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will continue to remain closed until further notice and Beijing where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, hygiene, food and police equipment traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express continue to manage the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies and hospitals in France.
Some restrictions initially implemented to focus our operations on health (for instance delivery to individuals or hazardous goods), have been partially and temporarily raised, but with the absolute necessity of verifying before delivery that recipients are capable of receiving their goods.
We have also modified our methods of signing for recipt in order to protect our drivers: implementation of a “contactless delivery” procedure, to avoid contact and in compliance with barrier and distance measures. On this subject, we inform you that we have provided our employees and in particular our drivers with masks, soap and hydroalcoholic gel.
 
Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. As the GEODIS workforce is transitioning to a remote working environment in different European countries, CCL (Cargo Container Lines) Original Bills of Lading, as well as 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 a  GEODIS office at origin. We remind you that transport documents are available via your Real-Time Information System (IRISaccount through which you can also perform online bookings.


Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity and you can expect to be served as usual.

We are pleased to inform you that our partners in Mediterranean, Middle East and African countries remain fully operational whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. They are committed to conduct GEODIS operations smoothly and continue to maintain the service levels throughout this period of disruption. Please find an update on our agents  located in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa HERE.

 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • UAE: UAE – Oman border has reopened for all commercial activity. The Saudi border is still congested (4-5 Days delays for clearance).
     
  • Bahrain: Only food and medical products are will be allowed after 26th March (Road freight via KSA) and there are delays in customs clearance activities due to a change in clearance process (customs have stopped accepting cheques and credit card. 100% customs duty and VAT through online payments only).
     
  • Chad/Cameroon: Land borders between Cameroon, Chad & Central African Republic were opened yesterday for trucks hauling cargo.
     
  • Tunisia: Established a curfew and large stores closed, only local shops are open. There is a slowdown in deliveries because trucks must have an authorization to travel through Tunisian territory.
     
  • Italy: The Government has issued a new decree. For the moment all non-essential activities are suspended until April 3rd.
     
  • India: Due to city-wide lockdown, vehicles are not moving freely and being detained by law enforcement agencies, if the commodity is not of an “Essential Nature”. Thus General cargo haulage is not happening and no trucker is willing to take any risk in carrying general cargo shipments to and from airports. Import Cargo which are not being cleared due to the non-availability of a Customs House Agent or Loaders.. etc are being abandoned in the airport. This will result in chaos and subsequent incidents of damage, pilferage and loss.. Even after clearance, truckers are not willing to take cargo for delivery in urban areas.  Also all inter-city borders are closed.  Other than “Essential Commodities”, nothing is moving. Primary export commodities are Perishable (Meat, Fruits, Vegetables etc) and medicine.
Freight Operations 
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).
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. As of March 21st, we have been offering a 4 times a week, roundtrip charter flight schedule for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service connects USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways.  Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 30 March 2020.
     
  • Liège to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 3 April 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 4 April 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:

While demand for commercial cargo is decreasing in most sectors, a very significant requirement for masks and other PPE equipment is generating pressure on the China to Europe market. Air freight capacity is currently almost fully dedicated to these humanitarian shipments and available space is quickly drying up with very limited full aircraft capacity remaining between now and mid-April. Partial relief is being phased in through converted passenger aircraft providing limited payload and operating at a significant cost premium.

Demand on the Transatlantic remains firm but softening up and is being catered for by specifically designed flight programs.

Demand on other less structured route is very difficult to fulfill due to the costs and the time aircraft are unavailable due to being sent to ‘’off main corridor’’ destinations.

Source: GEODIS, 25 March 2020

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: 25 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will continue to remain closed until further notice and Beijing where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, hygiene, food and police equipment traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. In order to concentrate its capacities on these supplies, D&E has partially and temporarily suspend the handling of all delivery traffic to individuals (so-called B2C traffic), excluding health and hygiene products. D&E has also temporarily suspend the handling of all deliveries of hazardous goods (excluding health and hygiene products) and live animals.

It is therefore essential to confirm that your delivery recipients are capable of receiving the goods before you entrust them to us in both France and abroad, otherwise, we will be obliged to return shipments to you at your expense. We have also implemented a ‘contactless delivery’ procedure in order to protect our drivers from unnecessary contact and in compliance with barrier and distance measures. On this subject, please also note that we have provided our employees, and in particular our drivers, with masks, soap and hydroalcoholic gel.
 
Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following the guidance of the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers who have specific questions as to the management of their cargo flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.

We are pleased to inform you that our partners in Mediterranean, Middle East and African countries remain fully operational whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. They are committed to conduct GEODIS operations smoothly and continue to maintain the service level throughout this period of disruption. Please find an update in agents countries located in Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa HERE.

All our previous updates are available on our website HERE.

 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • South Africa: South African Government has implemented a 21-day lockdown effective 24h00 26th March 2020 until 16th April 2020. It will exclude those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water, and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products.
     
  • Qatar: No curfew in place for now. But if that were the case, they have the backup plan in place.
     
  • Chad/Cameroon: Land border between Cameroon, Chad & Central African Republic was opened yesterday for trucks.
     
  • Canada: The Canada & US border is restricted to essential travel only. Borders remain open for commercial operations but road transport & terminal operations are ongoing however with some delays.
     
  • India: The government has announced for a complete lockdown in India for 21 days. All enforcing authorities are aware that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods. All transport services will remain suspended except transportation for essential goods only and emergencies services (movement of personnel and airport/port/CFS workers will be severely affected).
     
  • Mexico: is still at STAGE 1 of contingency. The U.S. and Mexico restricted “non essential travel” across the border but lawful trade will continue.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. As from March 21st, we are offering 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 30 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:

Demand for freighters is currently “extraordinarily high”, primarily due to the resurgence in production in China as the spread of the coronavirus there stabilises coupled with a dearth of bellycargo capacity following the suspension of airline passenger services on Chinese routes.

However, a leading air charter broker has warned that there is the prospect of the market for all-cargo planes tailing off markedly in the coming weeks as economic activity slows in Europe and US plants shut down amid government measures to contain Covid-19 by confining workers at home.

IATA recently stated that airlines stand to lose $252 billion if severe travel restrictions are in place for three months, more than double the International Air Transport Association’s projection from earlier this month and 44% below 2019’s top-line. The economic analysis assumes there will be a global recession during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic and that travel demand will be slow to recover later this year.

Sources: Freightwaves and Lloyds Loading List, 24 March 2020

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: 24 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will continue to remain closed until further notice and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, hygiene, food and police equipment traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. In order to concentrate its capacities on these supplies, D&E has temporarily suspend the handling of all delivery traffic to individuals (so-called B2C traffic), excluding health and hygiene products. D&E has also temporarily suspend the handling of all deliveries of hazardous goods (excluding health and hygiene products) and live animals.

It is therefore essential to confirm that your delivery recipients are capable of receiving the goods before you entrusting them to us in both France and abroad, otherwise, we will be obliged to return shipments to you at your expense. We have also implemented a ‘contactless delivery’ procedure in order to protect our drivers from unnecessary contact.

Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following the guidance of the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their cargo flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.

We are pleased to inform you that our partners in Mediterranean, Middle East and African countries remain fully operational whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. They are committed to conduct GEODIS operations smoothly and continue to maintain the service level throughout this period of disruption. Please find an update in agents countries located in Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa HERE.

 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Chad & Cameroon: Chad & Cameroon: No international air traffic in or out for passengers, only cargo flights allowed. Vessels are allowed to berth at Douala Port only after clearance has been obtained from a Medical Team that goes on-board at the base buoy. Land border between Cameroon and Chad open only for trucks hauling cargo.
     
  • New Zealand: Introduced Level 4 travel restrictions which means all non-essential businesses will be closed and everyone will have to stay at home except for solitary exercise and visiting essential services. Essential services includes supermarkets and the supply chain services that keeps them stocked.

    GEODIS (being an essential service provider) will stay operational albeit in a limited capacity/work from home environment.
     
  • Chile: On 18th of March the Chilean President declared State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe in the whole of Chile for 90 days and all malls will be closed, with the exception of banks, supermarkets and pharmacies. The Government confirmed that so far the supply chain and production is working almost normally but supermarkets are running into supply problems, same are Pharmacies.
     
  • Peru: was the first country in South America Region to be declared as State of Emergency and drastic measures were given on Sunday March 15, 2020. International logistics have not been blocked so far but air terminals are working with only 30% employees and ocean terminal and carriers with 45%.
     
  • Brazil: The government decided to close the overland borders for all countries in South America.
     
  • Argentina: Starting the 20th March the Government decided to put in place a total quarantine and curfew status. International transports have not been blocked so far but customs employees as well as port Terminal, Airports and Carriers employees are working on an emergency mode which is generating delays and extra costs (15% of the regular staff). Customs is working only with very few staff and only attending emergencies. The Government is considering extending the quarantine and curfew until the 6th April.
     
  • Mexico: is still at STAGE 1 of contingency. The U.S. and Mexico restricted “non essential travel” across the border but lawful trade will continue.
     
  • USA: The government approved major disaster declarations in New York and Washington state while California’s request is still being processed.
     
  • Canada: The Canadian government announced on March 18 that Canada & US border will be restricted to essential travel only. Borders remain open for commercial operations but road transport & terminal operations are ongoing however with some delays.
     
  • Denmark: is prolonging the close down until 13 April.
     
  • United Kingdom: UK Prime made an announcement on Monday evening ordering residents to stay at home.
     
  • Czech Republic: As of 18 March, all reexports of medicines and medicinal products registered for Czech market to the EU and the export of such outside the EU is forbidden.
     
  • Italy: The new decree will be in force from March 25th till next 03 April, around 70% of Italian businesses will remain closed. This will have a significant impact on the ability to carry out collections and deliveries throughout the national territory which will be done with dedicated trucks.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. As from March 21st, we are offering 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 30 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:As the retail industry across Europe and North America begins to effectively shut down as governments enforce widespread social lockdown, there are increasing warnings that the industry is set to see some of the largest declines in volumes in living memory.

Ocean freight
According to liner analyst SeaIntelligence Consulting, the possibility of a 10% decline in global container shipments – which would equate to 17m teu carried by the world’s box shipping fleet and some 80 teu handled in global container ports – has “unfortunately moved closer to reality”. 

Road freight
Europe’s international trucking arteries are under increasing pressure as border delays increase and the threat of quarantine deters drivers from embarking on long distance international routes.

According to a live border delays map created by Sixfold, for much of the last week there have been substantial delays at national borders within the EU as check points are set up in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Airfreight
Airfreight rates continued their rapid ascent last week, breaching the $5 per kg mark on the transpacific trade lane for the first time in years. Transatlantic rates also increased rapidly last week following a US ban on travellers from many countries in Europe, while Europe began to close its borders.

The increases come as carriers have been slashing bellyhold capacity from the market – on the transatlantic it is estimated that belly capacity is down by 90%. Capacity constraints are reported on many key markets, including Asia-Europe, Europe-Asia, transatlantic, Intra-Asia, transpacific and the Middle East.

Sources: Air Cargo News, Lloyds Loading List and The Loadstar, 23 March 2020

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: 23 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. In order to concentrate its capacities on these supplies, D&E temporarily has suspended the handling of all delivery traffic to individual consumers (so-called B2C traffic), this excludes health and hygiene products as well as hazardous goods.

We have also suspended the collection of shipments to Corsica, excluding health products. The same is true for Department 09. Similarly, for the customers concerned, we thank you for suspending your shipments to the Amazon warehouse in Lauwin-Planque (59).

Be aware concerning the absolute need to verify that your recipients are capable of receiving your goods before entrusting them to us, in France and abroad. Otherwise, we will be obliged to return the shipments concerned to you, at your expense.

Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following the guidance of the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their cargo flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.

We are pleased to inform you that our partners in Mediterranean, Middle East and African countries remain fully operational whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. They are committed to conduct GEODIS operations smoothly and continue to maintain the service level throughout this period of disruption. Please find an update in agents countries located in Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa HERE.

 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Vietnam:
     
    • Further to clarification with the authorities, whereby citizens from each country are not allowed to cross the border, the cargo can be moved between Cambodia and Vietnam. Special setups, including switching drivers at the border, special protective equipment and health screening of drivers are required. Impact on standard costs and timeline are expected.
    • Although quarantine applies to all persons entering Vietnam from Laos, cargo can still move if a similar setup is put in place as above (ie. switching drivers at the border, special protective equipment and health screening of drivers).
       
  • Hungary: Declared state of emergency. All public events are banned; schools are closed and the borders are closed for foreign citizens. Only pharmacies, drug stores, food stores are allowed to remain open.
     
  • Denmark: the government has closed most stores, restaurants, dentists, shopping malls, etc. Only grocery stores remain open.
     
  • Norway: Airports and ports are closed as of March 18.
     
  • Italy: New decree which will come into force on Wednesday 25 March till next 3 April which will close about 70% of the activities on the Italian national territory.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting March 21st, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 30 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information. 
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:
The situation in airfreight is the most contradictory of all the sectors, with some parts of the market approaching something like complete shut-down whilst others are either recovering or booming.

China
The situation varies from region to region, however, generally China has been recovering fast since Monday (16-Mar). Destinations in Northern China are reporting reasonable conditions with Airports operating more-or-less normally, however, through-put volumes are restricted due to the lack of passenger flight belly-freight for international traffic. Domestic traffic has recovered much more quickly but from a lower base. Land transport serving airports remains problematic with a shortage of capacity and drivers as many migrant workers are only gradually returning to major cities.

Central China is still badly affected. All services out of the province of Hubei are still forbidden and essentially all traffic, both passenger and freight, remain quarantined. Regions approximate to Hubei are suffering from knock-on effects with some difficulties for trucking outside the major cities.

Southern China still appears to have problems, especially around Shenzhen, although this appears to be more about the timing of the recovery.

The situation in Hong Kong is distinct from the PRC and it has imposed stringent quarantine measures which are still in place. Although these are not aimed at cargo they continue to suppress belly-freight operations. It is believed that Cathay Pacific has commenced the adaption of previous passenger services for dedicated cargo operations.

South Asia
Although India has imposed restrictions on international movement by air, travel restrictions are currently not as great in this region. However, it is being badly hit by the restrictions elsewhere. Passenger flights are down by almost 90% however domestic flights are not that badly affected. The freighter market seems to be working at normal levels of capacity however the problems in Dubai are said to be having a severe impact on operations.

Rest of Asia
South Korea, Japan, Singapore continue to impose intense quarantine barriers, however, the impact is quite different from that in China with land transport much less disrupted. Airports are running more-or-less normally, with the main problem area being the severe reduction in passenger transport. The charter market seems to be holding-up on a number of routes, notably South Korea and Japan.

Much of the pain has already been felt in North Asia however South East Asia is still seeing a deterioration, with routes other than those out of Singapore, still declining although from higher levels. Freighter availability is mixed but high on a number of key routes. Freighter rates are very high but possibly softening.

Europe
Europe is described as the new epi-centre of the COVID-19 outbreak and this is reflected in the status of the airfreight market. Effectively air transport has shrunk to a minimal level of belly-freight and some charters. Many countries in Europe have imposed various types of bans on the entry of non-citizens and this has brought the air transport network to a near-halt. Europe’s largest airline, Ryanair, has reduced its operations to just its core of travel within the British Isles. This is more-or-less the case with international travel, with trans-Atlantic operations now focussed on converting passenger operations to cargo-only routes, the success of which is unclear at present. Certainly marketing activity is intense.  

As noted previously freighter activity is intense, with the large freight companies busy despite obstacles to their operations. Due to what is effectively a shift in demand away from belly-freight to freighters they are experiencing demand they cannot service and anecdotal evidence points for a scramble for aircraft. Landside transport and airport operations are functioning reasonably although congestion, as a result of border restrictions, are said to be an issue. Freighter rates are very high. In the region of +50% higher than normal.

North America
The situation here is similar, yet less severe than Europe. Restrictions on passengers from Europe, China and the effective demand for its citizens to return to the US has had obvious effects.

The trans-Atlantic trade lane is less badly affected than might be expected due to the heavy freighter traffic available. Rates have hardened but not as much as in other routes. The disproportionate presence of UPS and FedEx will affect the market.

US Domestic is less affected although flights are still down 30-50% and falling. State quarantine measures are already having an impact and some airport operations have been affected.

Canada and Mexico routes are badly affected although freighter traffic here is ramping-up.

Freight rate increases less extreme than elsewhere.

Middle East
This region has been badly hit by quarantine restrictions. Both international and inter-regional flight volumes are down by 90%. Almost all markets are only permitting freighter traffic although the supply of this appears to have increased on some routes, whilst the major routes out of UAE have suffered badly and are looking at reductions in freighter capacity.

Source: Transport Intelligence, 20 March 2020

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 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. In order to concentrate its capacities on these supplies, D&E temporarily has suspended the handling of all delivery traffic to individual consumers (so-called B2C traffic), this excludes health and hygiene products as well as hazardous goods.

We have also suspended the collection of shipments to Corsica, excluding health products. The same is true for Department 09. Similarly, for the customers concerned, we thank you for suspending your shipments to the Amazon warehouse in Lauwin-Planque (59).

Be aware concerning the absolute need to verify that your recipients are capable of receiving your goods before entrusting them to us, in France and abroad. Otherwise, we will be obliged to return the shipments concerned to you, at your expense.

Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following the guidance of the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their cargo flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.

We are pleased to inform you that our partners in Latin America and Central America remain fully operational whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. They are committed to conduct GEODIS operations smoothly and continue to maintain  service level throughout this period of disruption. Please find an update in agents countries located in Latin America and Central America HERE.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Chad & Cameroon: Borders had been closed and were re-opened this morning and trucks are moving in. Temperature screening is in place for P2, will start for P4 and Kome tomorrow to protect the drivers. Presidents from both countries are in talks as the closure would have a more negative impact than keeping them open, with restrictions in place.  Both air and sea freight is being allowed in.  The drivers for the trucks that were blocked at approximately 30km from the border were notified and are moving to P4 yard and should be crossing the border tomorrow.
     
  • Algeria: Presse Service APS has just published a communication issued by the Presidency of the Republic concerning measures taken by the President to limit the spread of coronavirus, COVID 19. These measures will come into force from Sunday 22nd March at 01:00 and will run until 4 April, when they will either be lifted or extended depending on new data.
     
    • The suspension of all public and private mass transport in the cities and between the wilayas, as well as rail traffic;
    • The demobilization of 50 per cent of civil servants and the retention of only those employees who are necessary for vital services.
    • The demobilization of all working women with young children;
    • Facilitating customs procedures for imported foodstuffs, while speeding up the associated banking procedures, in accordance with the country's exceptional situation;
    • The temporary closure of cafés and restaurants in major cities;
    • Market regulation to combat shortages by ensuring the availability of all essential food products.
Freight Operations 
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.​​​
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting March 21st, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The next scheduled flight will depart from Hong Kong on 22 March 2020.
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We have also set up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:

The China Container Industry Association (CCIA) has said that the recovery of container movements in China is progressing rapidly.

In a survey report released on 18 March 2020, CCIA said that as of 10 March 2020, China’s container ports, barges, railways and multi-modal transport have resumed work, while the operating capacity of trucks and storage facilities is around 90% of pre-Covid-19 levels.
The report said, “In the past three weeks, except for Hubei, work resumption has been rapidly gaining momentum across the country. Many restrictions on work resumption are gradually being lifted.”

Other consultancies have estimated that the outbreak wiped off shipments of 17 million TEU and US$6 billion of revenue from liner operators as the global economy took a hit.

Freight trains from China to Europe are now operating at 90% of pre-Covid-19 levels, while at least 85% of such trains have restarted services.

However, with the Covid-19 epicentre shifting to Europe and the subsequent lockdown of the continent and other countries, further supply chain disruption is looming. China is imposing quarantine obligations on ships arriving from, South Korea, Iran the UK and most of the European Union. These measures apply to ships calling at China’s two busiest container ports, Shanghai and Ningbo-Zhoushan.

Sources: Container News, 19 March 2020

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: 19 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. In order to concentrate its capacities on these supplies, D&E has temporarily suspended the handling of all delivery traffic to individual consumers (so-called B2C traffic); this excludes health and hygiene products as well as of hazardous goods.
 
Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following the guidance of the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their cargo flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Vietnam: Starting Friday 20th March 23h59, the border between Vietnam and Cambodia will be closed, with no citizens of either country allowed to cross. From a supply chain standpoint, this stops the entire Cross-border trucking between both countries (including trucks transiting via Cambodia and Vietnam).
     
  • Morocco has announced that it will impose level 3 restrictions with the total containment of the population from tomorrow.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21st March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting March 21st, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The next scheduled flight will depart from Hong Kong on 22 March 2020.
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.

For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.

Market Outlook:

Coronavirus continues to spread, and it is likely that more government restrictions are coming to help flatten the curve of its impact on life. Grocery stores and other retailers that offer life essentials will continue to operate, but even these could see reduced hours. The supply chain will continue to be negatively impacted as manufacturing and transportation continue to see potential shortages. However, with the continued growth of online commerce, more consumers should be able to find the items they need, even if they have to wait a little longer to get them. No one knows how things will shake out or how long social distancing guidelines will be in place. But supply chains are resilient and will continue to evolve to meet the growing needs of consumers.

With COVID-19 impacting global supply chains, supply chain leaders should focus on three impact areas for their initial crisis management, according to Gartner, Inc.

“As COVID-19 spreads globally, we are seeing increased supply chain disruption, but also changes in consumer spending habits,” says Sarah Watt, senior director analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “Supply has been impacted in three primary ways: limited access to employees due to quarantines, factory closures or manufacturing slowdowns and limited access to logistics to move goods. Most supply chain organizations are in crisis management, assessing impacts and response on a daily, if not hourly basis.”

Workforce
In order to limit the impact of COVID-19, many employees have been instructed by local governments or advised by their employers to stay at home. Employers have put in place controls around travel and site visitors. For factories, this resulted in goods not being produced and exported to dependent markets or other factories. As long as this situation continues, supply chains won’t work as intended.

Products
Suppliers of commoditized products are at risk to lose market share, as clients will look into substitute suppliers when they don’t receive their products on time. Products associated with a higher degree of brand loyalty are likely to be less impacted in the short term because customers are more willing to wait. As the virus progresses, consumers might adopt more conservative spending patterns, focusing on essential goods.

Costs
There is a variety of financial impacts to organizations with increased costs for shipping, and more broadly concern about companies meeting their financial objectives. Any additional cost related to the coronavirus should be treated as an issue that concerns the whole organization rather than a single department. This makes it easier to assess the costs against the organization’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives and manage stakeholder expectations.

“It’s also a good idea to sit together with the legal department and analyze all supplier contracts. When the time for renewal comes, make sure that the organization is financially protected against similar situations that might occur in the future. Supply chains will not be the same after this event. There will be an increased focus on resilience, risk exposure and business continuity plans going forward,” Watt says.

Sources: Gartner, 18 March 2020

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 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. This may cause disruption to other deliveries during the next two or three days.
 
Road Transport in France continues to mobilize its resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil according to customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following various instructions from the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Contract Logistics activities are still running, and in particular its healthcare and food warehouses are geared up to ensure efficient delivery in all countries.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Hong Kong: In view of the health risks arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic, HK government has issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) and from midnight on 19 Mar, compulsory quarantine orders will be imposed on people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any one of the overseas countries/territories affected in the past 14 days, regardless of whether or not they are Hong Kong residents.
     
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister has announced nationwide Movement Control Order last night which will take effect from 18th to 31st March 2020. Under this Order, all schools, government and private premises shall be closed; except those involved in providing essential services. All transport related services will continue operations as usual.
     
  • Vietnam: Vietnamese authorities announced on the 17th March a mandatory 14-days quarantine for any person travelling from any of the ASEAN countries (in addition to all existing restrictions). This is disrupting the Cross-border Road freight activities for any trucks arriving from Laos or Cambodia (even if they are in transit). 

    The Road freight GEODIS team is currently investigating alternative solutions (including locations where to drivers may be switched) to enable the service to resume.
     
  • South Africa is closing 12 of the 17 border posts with Botswana, nine of the 14 posts with Lesotho, three of the four with Mozambique and five of the seven with Namibia.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

NOW FLIYING INTO AND OUT OF AMSTERDAM

We have further improved our schedule and are now flying into and out of Amsterdam (AMS) where we are able to directly service the aircraft used for our cargo operations on the apron. This change better secures our service levels and reduces lead times into and out of Europe.  The change is effective from our first flight on 21 March.

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe and The United Kingdom which will have a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting March 21st, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways via Chicago to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Chicago to Amsterdam
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 16 April 2020:

Saturday / Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday
 
Amsterdam to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The next scheduled flight will depart from Hong Kong on 22 March 2020.
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.
Market Outlook:

The devastating impact of coronavirus on global trade and supply chains continues to escalate as non-China Covid-19 infections surpass those recorded in China itself. One consequence is that even as cargo availability in China increases, the implementation of social distancing and isolation policies in a bid to contain the spread of the virus threaten economic growth and demand in Europe and North America.

Road freight
The global road freight industry could be looking at an accumulated loss nearing $1 trilion as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) has warned. “On the basis of the significant fall in intercontinental container shipments, IRU estimates a decline in global road transport activity of up to 20% in 2020, depending on how long the situation continues. This could lead to a global loss in operator revenues of $800bn,”. The organization added that the situation had become confused, due to “rules and restrictions changing rapidly and often in a haphazard or uncoordinated way”. That has become particularly true in Europe, where countries have begun to close land borders, with cross-border movements of road freight at risk.

As of yesterday, nine EU countries had closed their land borders: Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Spain. And they appear to have been joined by Germany and Estonia this morning.

Yesterday the European Commission issued new guidelines to member states to try and ensure European freight movements continue unimpeded, as it was “particularly crucial for essential goods such as food supplies including livestock, vital medical and protective equipment and supplies”, and that “member states should designate priority lanes for freight transport (eg, via ‘green lanes’)”.

Ocean freight
Cheap fuel may be one of the few aspects of the global shipping environment currently acting in favor of the carrier. Carriers continue to announce new blank sailings — Maersk today announced two new canceled trips scheduled for April. "Our analysis points in the direction that it can no longer be ruled out that container shipping might be looking at developments similar to the financial crisis of 2009," Sea-Intelligence wrote in its note. "This implies a potential volume loss of 10% equal to 17 Million TEU globally."

Capacity management by carriers has meant shippers have experienced relatively consistent rates through an otherwise tumultuous period, according to Sea-Intelligence.

Rates are currently lower, on average, than they were the same period last year. The average rate from China to the North American West Coast is down about 7% year-over-year, while China to the North American East Coast is down about 6% year-over-year, according to Freightos.

Air freight
More airlines are resorting to using passenger aircraft as makeshift freighters, as forwarders emphasise borders “remain open” for cargo. Following moves last week from Cathay Pacific and Scoot, the low-cost carrier of Singapore Airlines, yesterday Korean Air, Qantas and Delta Cargo all announced passenger aircraft would be used for cargo-only flights.

This crisis has of course a strong impact on the pricing to/from China, From Hong Kong and to/from USA/Europe. Please see HERE.
Sources: Supply Chain Dive, The Loadstar & TEC Index, 17 March 2020

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 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At locations not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

 The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where we are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulations. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express is adapting its operations in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Distribution & Express is required as a priority to allocate its resources to the distribution of medical products to all pharmacies in France. This is, in accordance with the commitments made last night by the French President. This may cause disruption to other deliveries during the next two or three days.
 
Road Transport in France is closing its head office in Savoie, in order to protect the health and safety of its employees. We have prepared for this situation and the majority of our key head office employees are able to work remotely to ensure the continuity of our activities. We continue to mobilize our resources to the highest levels of efficiency possible to fulfil according to customer demand.

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following various instructions from the authorities, an increasing number of staff operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their flows are requested to contact their usual GEODIS representatives who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

Truck border crossing times are increasing everywhere in Europe and may cause some delays. More information HERE

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Colombia: declares emergency state, public and private schools cancel classes until April 20th and recommends people stay home and work from there if possible. Colombia has 54 cases confirmed; no deaths as yet. The entry of foreigners has stopped until further notice. Public events of more than 50 people are not allowed. Bogota was declared public emergency since 16th of March.
     
  • Philippines has announced last Friday that effective March 15, 2020 a state of community quarantine, whereby no one can go in or out of Manila except employees who go home to the provinces on weekends and returning to work on Mondays. Philippine Government announced an Enhanced Community Quarantine for the whole of Luzon (where Manila is located) to further contain the spreading virus. All establishments and offices, with the exception of businesses related to basic necessities such as food and medicines will be closed.
     
  • Malaysia government just announced a shutdown of all businesses, and the closing of borders. It starts tomorrow and lasts for two weeks till 31st March.
Freight Operations 
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.​​​
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe which is likely to cause a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting as early as next week, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights schedule for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways through Chicago to Liege, Belgium with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

 

Liège to Chicago
Departure schedule from 22 March 2020 through 15 April 2020:

Sunday / Monday / Wednesday / Friday at 14:25 local time. 
 
Chicago to Liège
Departure schedule from 21 March 2020 through 17 April 2020:

Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday at 20:00 local time.

 

 

 
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The next scheduled flight will depart from Hong Kong on 22 March 2020.
Please contact your local GEODIS office for more information.
GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Details of the rail solutions between China and Europe with schedules and routes are as follow:

Standard Solution:
  • Xi´an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please contact your GEODIS representatives.
Market Outlook:

The devastating impact of coronavirus on global trade and supply chains continues to escalate as non-China Covid-19 infections surpass those recorded in China itself. One consequence is that even as cargo availability in China increases, the implementation of social distancing and isolation policies in a bid to contain the spread of the virus threaten economic growth and demand in Europe and North America. Sea-Intelligence’s latest Sunday Spotlight newsletter warned that as the situation in Europe and North America deteriorates, container shipping could soon be facing a demand scenario similar to the financial crisis of 2009. This could see a potential volume loss of 10%, equal to 17 million TEU globally. 

Supply chain problems
Companies in Europe and the US are also still grappling with the supply chain problems created by the shutdown of factories in China for an extended period from late January onwards. ISM reported that 61% of procurement and supply chain managers across a range of manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries were experiencing supplier delays due to coronavirus-related disruptions in China.

Some positives
For container lines at least, there are some positives. Bargain basement oil prices are acting as a cash infusion given that bunker surcharges are based on oil prices two months ago, according to Sea-Intelligence. Another upside is a potential rebound in demand once the worst effects of coronavirus have played out. This will result in temporary capacity shortages and “rocketing freight rates”, according to Sea-Intelligence.

Air freight challenges
As reported in Lloyd’s Loading List last week, while demand increases have bumped up air freight rates on bellyhold routes that remain open, and for freighter charter rates globally, further service cuts and travel bans threaten the future of many airlines. “We might face an upstream problem of demand as quarantine measures in Europe and the USA start to bite,” Peter Stallion, aviation and freight derivatives specialist at Freight Investor Services (FIS), told Lloyd’s Loading List.

“Transhipment via Europe has started to bottleneck as transatlantic capacity has been heavily throttled by Trump’s travel ban.”

“Freight rates will drastically increase as everything moves on freighter charter.”
Source: lloyds loading list, 16 March 2020

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: 16 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. At location not mentioned operations are running as usual as far as we know.

 The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan where it will not reopen until 20 March and Beijing & Tianjin where they are only allowed to arrange partial resumption due to local regulation. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In France, Distribution & Express adapts its operational tool in order to prioritize health, food and hygiene traffic. 

Freight Forwarding activities continue to operate adequately throughout Europe. Following various instructions from the authorities, an increasing number of staffs operate from home within the scope of our business continuity plans. Customers having specific questions as to the management of their flows are requested to contact their usual contacts who will keep them informed of our specific plans in terms of operational continuity and ad’hoc capacities being deployed to cater for the changing requirements.

In several countries we have started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • France: moved to "stage 3", the highest emergency level of its epidemic response plan, which requires reinforced measures to reduce the pandemic impact.

    As a result, the government placed a partial lockdown on the country. All non-essential public places, notably cafes, shops, restaurants and discos, are closed until further notice. Only groceries, pharmacies, petrol stations and tobacco shops are allowed to open to the public.

    Public transport networks are operating and places of worship stay open but all services and ceremonies have to be postponed.
     
  • Poland announced that all international passenger flights and rail connections will be suspended but the borders will remain open for road traffic. The restrictions started on Sunday and will last another 10 days.
     
  • Peru declares emergency state and social confinement for 15 days.
Freight Operations 
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.​​​
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA
The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe which is likely to cause a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting as early as next week, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways through Chicago to Liege, Belgium with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!
  • Chicago to Liège with a scheduled departure on 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 30 March; and
    1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 17 April.
  • Liège to Chicago with a scheduled departure on 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 30 March; and 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 and 15 April.
GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 17 (fully booked), 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 22 March 2020.
Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
Market Outlook:

The introduction by the Trump administration of the ban on all travel on airline passenger services between mainland Europe and the US for an initial period of 30 days, in response to the spread of the coronavirus, will “savage trans-Atlantic air cargo,”. The sanctions came into effect from midnight on Friday, US Eastern Standard Time. In his address President Donald Trump initially said it would also apply to goods and cargo, but the White House later clarified that only people were affected.

“Even assuming that this is the case, any ban on passenger traffic will inevitably have a catastrophic effect on the availability of belly-freight, said Ti analyst,  Thomas Cullen.
“It may be the case that, as Cathay Pacific in Asia is considering, airlines serving transatlantic routes may run freight-only services using passenger aircraft. If not, cargo traffic will become difficult even with a ban. It might be speculated that the air express carriers will be the few air operators capable of offering a service.” Cullen continued: “Perhaps some of the first sectors to be hit will be pharmaceuticals and healthcare.  Trans-Atlantic traffic is important, linking the major research and production centers in the US, the UK and Switzerland. The good news is that the White House seems to be considering lifting the restrictions on China and South Korea.”

Reacting to the US' travel restrictions, the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) director general and CEO,  Alexandre de Juniac, commented: “These are extraordinary times and governments are taking unprecedented measures. Safety - including public health - is always a top priority. Airlines are complying with these requirements. Governments must also recognize that airlines - employing some 2.7 million people - are under extreme financial and operational pressures. They need support.” In 2019, there was a total of around 200,000 flights scheduled between the United States and Europe's Schengen Area, equivalent to around 550 flights per day. IATA said that while the US measure recognized the need to continue to facilitate trans-Atlantic trade, it warned that the “economic fallout of this will be broad.”

Other industry sources highlighted that the travel ban would trigger a spike in demand for road feeder services from and to the UK and at trans-Atlantic freighter gateways, as well as sharp increases in rates. Turning to the Chinese market from the perspective of the coronavirus, the volumes from China continue to increase and freighter operators are forecasting very high activity levels for at least the next three weeks.

Evidence of the diminishing effects of the epidemic in China and the gradual pick-up in the country's manufacturing output, is perhaps given by Lufthansa Cargo now operating more than one-half of its standard winter freighter schedule between Frankfurt and mainland China - eight  weekly round trips compared to 15 normally.

Ti's Cullen underlined that with Covid-19  now becoming a worldwide crisis, both in terms of economics as well as epidemiologically, one of the problems for sectors trying to manage the issue is that it is a biological question and thus not really vulnerable to the economic and management tools normally used to forecast other types of crises. “Therefore, it is difficult to know what the trajectory will be. For example, it could be erroneous to assume that the problem is short-lived or that the issue is close to being resolved in China.” He added: “The impact on logistics markets has been substantial with airfreight savaged and container shipping badly disrupted. Other segments of logistics are suffering less whilst areas such as chartered air freight are booming. It is unclear what the long-term implications will be. However, it would be unwise to strongly assume that all will return to normal in a couple of weeks.
Source: lloyds loading list, 13 March 2020

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: 13 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue to report operational constraints related to GEODIS services only when they occur. For any not mentioned location our operations are running as usual. 

 The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan which remains closed pending approval from the local authorities. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

In several countries we started to implement further remote working options for our employees. So far this is not impacting our operational capacity, and you can expect to be served as usual.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • Denmark becomes another country in Europe to go on coronavirus lockdown as Prime Minister announces all schools, kindergartens and universities are to be closed for two weeks. Private sector workers will also be encouraged to work from homePlease note that GEODIS operations in Denmark are carried out as usual with no major disruption apart from some flight cancellations. 
     
  • France decided to close down all schools. A possible nationwide lockdown similar to that in Italy is considered, as the French coronavirus outbreak worsens. Travels within, to and from France will be curbed, particularly now that an increasing number of airlines are suspending flights to France.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS AirDirect Service Between Europe - USA

The U.S. government issued a 30-day ban on travel from Europe which is likely to cause a significant impact on the movement of trans-Atlantic cargo. Starting as early as next week, we will offer 4 times weekly, roundtrip charter flights for cargo between Europe and the United States. This new service will connect USA Gateways through Chicago to Liege, Belgium with connecting service to European Gateways. Book now!

GEODIS AirDirect Services Between China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico

We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:

  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 15, 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 17 (fully booked), 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 15 and 22 March 2020.

Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.

GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.

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

Market Outlook:

Today we provide an outlook in the ocean capacity situation between Asia and Europe: In the Asia-North Europe trade lanes the weekly capacity decreased drastically during this week but is expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks, as four blank sailings occurred in this week. See further details in the below chart.

On the Asia-NAEC* trade lane, the weekly capacity decreased significantly in week 11 and is likely to recover in week12, before decreasing again in the following weeks. On the backhaul, the weekly capacity decreased significantly in this week and is expected to increases sharply in weeks 20, 21 and 22.

Below graphs illustrate ocean freight weekly capacity, Asia to North Europe and North America to Asia.
 
*North American Economic Community

Source: Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis, 13 March 2020

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 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue report only operational constraints related to GEODIS services should they occur. For any not mentioned location our operations are running as usual. 
 
The majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan which remains closed pending approval from the local authorities. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
  • The USA is suspending the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. Note: please be informed that according to US authorities this shall not have impacts on the flow of goods to the US from these countries.
     
  • Italy is in country wide lockdown as coronavirus cases rise. All the measure of the red zones are extended to all of the national territory, including a ban on all public events. 
     
  • The Government of India has announced that it will suspend all existing visas for India due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. This change will come into effect from 12:00 GMT 13 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 at the port of departure.
     
  • The World Health Organization confirmed the corona virus outbreak as pandemic. The use of the word "pandemic" implies the importance for countries to take urgent action to respond to their own outbreak situations.
Freight Operations 
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.
GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 15, 22 and 29 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Liège with a scheduled departure on 21 March 2020.
     
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 17 (fully booked), 23 and 30 March 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong to Liège with a scheduled departure on 29 March 2020.
     
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 15 and 22 March 2020.
Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
     
  • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
     
  • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
Market Outlook:

Extended yard stays and the long waiting times have forced some carriers to send some of their ships to alternative deployments, with most services expected to resume regular sailings by early April. Despite the reduction in the number of blank sailings in March, it will take a few more weeks for the inactive fleet to fall back to pre-COVID-19 levels as demand is only recovering gradually in China.

The charter market remains busy as demand for container shipping stays strong despite the continued impact of the coronavirus on the global supply chain. The last two weeks have been particularly active, with the fixing activity increasing across most vessel sizes, apart from smaller ships of 1,250 TEU and under. The high volume of business concluded was however insufficient to soak up redundant capacities which remain generally stable, or slightly on the rise, across most sizes. Only the struggling 1,500-1,900 TEU segment has seen its supply overhang falling substantially. The continued surplus of tonnage is naturally impacting charter rates which keep weakening across the board.
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 March 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We continue report only operational constraints should they occur. For any other not mentioned location our operations are running as usual. 
 
Majority of GEODIS offices across China are operating with normal capacity except in Wuhan which remains closed pending approval from the local authorities. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual with expected minor disruptions due to flight cancellations. There is currently no disruptions to cargo movements by road in Italy.
 
Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 

    Hong Kong is to extend its compulsory quarantine orders to more countries on 14 March. The local authority will include those, citizens and non-citizens, who have travelled to anywhere in Italy as well as France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Travellers from South Korea, northern Italy and Iran are affected by current quarantine orders. The affected travellers will be isolated in designated quarantine centres and not at home.

     

    Freight Operations 

    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico

    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:

    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 15 and 22 March 2020.

    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.

    GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
       
    • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
       
    • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
       
    • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
       
    Express Solution:
    • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
    For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.

     

    Market Outlook:

    We would like to share latest airfreight pricing trend, mainly from China to Europe: the current situation on year-on-year comparison – please see the graph below. Information on China to other destinations including Hong Kong outbound statistic, you can also find 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: 10 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Our operational capacity is at the same status as yesterday – once more you will find the summarized overview hereunder. As of tomorrow, we will report only operational constraints should they occur. For any other not mentioned location our operations are running as usual. 
     
    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, with the exception of Beijing and Tianjin where we are progressively increasing our operational capacity. In Shenzhen, our office has resumed its normal operations as of today, 9 March. Our office in Wuhan remains closed pending approval from the local authorities. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff, including remote-work when and where needed.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual with expected minor disruptions. There is  currently no disruptions to cargo movements by road in Italy.

    Where applicable, we are implementing a “remote workplace” to enable our employees to work from home in order to avoid risk of exposure to the virus and ensure business continuity of our clients.

     
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10, 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
       
    • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
       
    • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
       
    • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
       
    Express Solution:
    • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
    For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
    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: 9 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, with the exception of Beijing and Tianjin where we are progressively increasing our operational capacity. In Shenzhen, our office has resumed its normal operations as of today, 9 March. Our office in Wuhan remains closed pending approval from the local authorities. The status of our Chinese offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff, including remote-work when and where needed.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual with expected minor disruptions. There is  currently no disruptions to cargo movements by road in Italy.

    Where applicable, we are implementing a “remote workplace” to enable our employees to work from home in order to avoid risk of exposure to the virus and ensure business continuity of our clients.
     
    Regulatory Updates from Local Authorities 
    • Spain has also issued guidelines advising companies to impose "work from home" in case of any risk of contagion. It is expected that this will result in a slowdown of production and service offering across different industries.
       
    • UK Foreign Office is advising against "all but essential travel" to large parts of northern Italy after they were put in lockdown.
       
    • Taiwan raised travel notice level for France, Germany and Spain to the level 2: travelers are advised to practice enhanced precautions when travelling to these countries.
       
    • Japan decided to apply medical insurance to the PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test from 6 March 2020.
       
    • Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended travel of citizens and residents to and from nine coronavirus affected countries: United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, and South Korea, as well as suspending the entry of those coming from those countries, or the entry of those who were there during the 14 days prior to their arrival.
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10, 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
       
    • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
       
    • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
       
    • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
       
    Express Solution:
    • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
    For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
    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: 6 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, with the exception of Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Wuhan where we progressively increasing our operational capacity. The status of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff, including remote-work when and where needed.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.
     
    Freight Operations 
    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. 
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8, 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10, 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
       
    • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
       
    • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
       
    • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
       
    Express Solution:
    • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
    For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
    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: 5 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, with the exception of Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Wuhan where we progressively increasing our operational capacity. The status of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff, including remote-work when and where needed.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.
     
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8, 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10, 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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 Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
       
    • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Chongqing into Duisburg, via Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Sunday.
       
    • Chongqing into Małaszewicze, with approx. 14-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Friday
       
    • Duisburg into Chongqing, via  Małaszewicze with approx. 18-day transit time for LCL shipments. Planned departures every Saturday
       
    Express Solution:
    • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Wednesday.
       
    • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. Planned departures every Monday.
    For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
    Market Outlook:

    Today we focus on the latest airfreight pricing trend, mainly from China to Europe, given the current situation on year-on-year comparison – please see the graph below. Information on China to other destination, you can also find 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

     

    Date: 4 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, with a few limitations in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Wuhan where our operational capacity is progressively being re-instated. The overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual. Nevertheless, we are prepared and have formed back-up plan should the situation worsen in any of the coming days.

     
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8, 15, 22 and 28 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10, 16, 23 and 29 March 2020, arriving the same days.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional rail services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    Standard Solution:
    • 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 today.
       
    • 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:

    With Chinese factories being only about 60% operational, according to different media sources, one of the biggest challenges is the lack of raw materials for factories in South-east Asia. The reduced passenger demand in Asia has apparently led to capacity cuts of between 50% and 70%, depending on lane and country.

    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: 3 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation, as of 2 March, while in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Wuhan, our operational capacity are progressively being re-instated. The overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual. Nevertheless, we are prepared and have formed back-up plan should the situation worsen in any of the coming days.

     
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional rail services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    Standard Solution:
    • 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:

    The GDP growth in the first quarter of 2020 is expected to be sharply slower in China and ASEAN, according to the Container News. Coronavirus-related capacity reductions are reported to reach 378,000 TEU on the Transpacific trade and 449,000 TEU on the Asia-Europe trade, in weeks from end of January to first week of April 2020. This equals a combined capacity reduction of 9% across these trades in this 10-week period – on top of the 14% already cancelled for Chinese New Year.

    For the US, "cargo volumes will drop between 20 and 25% in February", explained Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles in the Container News. As of 2 March, the Port of Los Angeles had 40 cancelled sailings between 11 February and 21 March. Those cancelled sailings represent about 20% of its vessel calls during that time period. At the "Port of Long Beach, the easing has hit volumes by a collective 12% for the first two months of 2020. Normally the port processes US$180 billion in trade", explained Noel Hacegaba, the managing director of commercial operations at the Port of Long Beach, California. That 12% in volumes translates into US$12 billion in lost trade.

    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: 2 March 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    The majority of GEODIS offices in China are back in full operation as of today, 2 March, while in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Wuhan, our operational capacity are progressively being re-instated. The overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding as usual yet following safety measures to safeguard our staff.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.

     
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional rail services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    Standard Solution:
    • 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.
     

    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: 28 February 2020


    Dear Valued Customer,

    GEODIS in China is progressively re-instating its operational capacity. The overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    In Korea, our operations are proceeding normally and following safety measures to safeguard our staff and to ensure business continuity. All the employees are equipped to continue to work remotely when necessary.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.

     

    Regulatory Update
    • Japan announced to close all schools until later in March due to the coronavirus. As a consequence, many companies are preparing to have their employees partly working at home during this period.
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 29 February 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional rail services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    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:

    Carriers have cancelled more sailings throughout February. Only on the Asia-North Europe route alone, 19 sailings were cancelled in February, (compared to 12 in February 2019), according to the Drewry Container Forecaster. However, they expect that ocean carriers will run extra sailings to cope with the upwards swings in volumes, once production is fully restarting.

    Drewry also reports a 30% fall in container volumes from China equaling to a 9% reduction in global container volume. At least 2 further months of global port volume reductions are expected. According to the same source, so far the cancellations of sailings represent a shortfall in revenue of roughly $1 billion for the carries, resulting in short-term damage to carrier profits.
     
    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: 27 February 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Below we capture the latest updates around Coronavirus and its impacts on supply chain industry and the operational status of GEODIS facilities.
     
    GEODIS in China is progressively re-instating its operational capacity. The status hasn’t changed compared to yesterday – the overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding normally. GEODIS is following all safety measures to safeguard our staff and to ensure business continuity under the “red alert” level raised by the Korean government. Our head office in Seoul remains at the same location, and has not been relocated as was previously announced. All of our local team members are equipped to continue to work remotely when necessary.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.
    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 29 February 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    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 market research conducted by several organizations, it is expected that container shipping lines could lose around USD 1.7 billion in revenue due to the coronavirus outbreak.  This will have consequences for ports and terminals.

    Spot rates in container shipping markets have weakened substantially despite an increase in blank sailings by carriers, while the volume of idle capacity in the world box-ship fleet continues to grow. In a similar manner, airfreight rates for shipping goods in and out of China have soared, with companies facing two or three times the cost before the coronavirus outbreak forced airlines to cut routes. The price spike threatens to complicate efforts by companies to get their Asian supply chains moving again even as they deal with quarantines and other anti-virus measures that have slowed the restart of production at factories in China.

    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: 26 February 2020

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Below we capture the latest updates around Coronavirus and its impacts on supply chain industry and the operational status of GEODIS facilities.
     
    GEODIS in China is progressively re-instating its operational capacity. The status hasn’t changed compared to yesterday – the overview of our offices and warehouses can be found HERE.

    Our offices and warehouses in Italy are operating as usual.
     
    GEODIS operations in Korea are proceeding normally and under specific safety measures. In order to safeguard our staff and to ensure business continuity under the “red alert” level raised by the Korean government, we decided to move our Head office in Seoul temporarily to a different location and also to split our teams to work from different locations since yesterday.

     
    Regulatory Updates from Governments across Asia
    • Due to the implications of the “red alert” level in South Korea, many companies based in Seoul decided to implement remote working system, including Samsung, KT, SK Group, Hyundai Motors, Amore Pacific, LS Group, LG Chemical, TiMon, Naver, KAKAO, LG Group and MNCs like BMW, Microsoft, Siemens, AWS Korea, MS Korea, CYSCO Korea and Intel Korea.
       
    • The Italian Government tightens safety measures in areas with Coronavirus infections in Northern Italy. Several cities in the country are declared as quarantine zone and can only be accessed, left or passed through with special permissions. Public life in those areas is affected due to temporary suspension and cancellations of public services, some businesses and larger events.
       
    • The government in Hong Kong has extended the school closures until 20 April, 2020. Additionally, from 25 February onward, quarantine orders was issued to returning Hong Kong residents who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea over the past 14 days and arrange for them to stay in a quarantine center for 14 days. Hong Kong residents returning from other Korean cities and provinces of Korea will be required to undergo medical surveillance for 14 days.
       
    • The Taiwanese government announced that it has raised the travel notice for Italy to “Level 2 Alert”. Taiwanese travelers are requested to take enhanced precautions when visiting Italy.
    Freight Operations 
    AIR FREIGHT:
    • Etihad: announces a series of additional freighter flights over the coming three weeks, driven by the additional demand in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dhakka, Singapore, Johannesburg, Amsterdam 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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 29 February 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
    We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

    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.
    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: 25 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 offices in China officially reopened as of 24 February 2020 and our employees are progressively resuming office work. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Chengdu, Dongguan, Shenyang and Shenzhen are ramping up to operate with re-instated capacity. Please find the latest GEODIS office and warehouse operational status across China HERE.

    In Italy, GEODIS operations have not been impacted despite a short border closures in Milan and Vernice over the last weekend. There are only minor disruptions on contract logistics services which we are closely monitoring. In Milan, some businesses have temporarily suspended their operations over the last few days.
     
    Regulatory Updates from Governments across Asia
    • The Singaporean Ministry of Manpower has announced to reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers originating from mainland China until further notice. Renewal applications for existing work pass holders will not be affected. Additionally, effective 18 February 2020, a new “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) has been issued for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China (including those from outside Hubei area).
       
    • The Hong Kong Government raised its “Outbound Travel Alert” on Korea to red level. The 14-day mandatory quarantine to all people entering Hong Kong from Mainland China is extended to those coming from or via Korea.
       
    • The South Korean government is implementing new additional containment and mitigation strategies, considering the situation in region. In the so called special management regions (Daegu and Cheongdo) the measures are focused on isolating and treating potential cases.
    Freight Operations 
    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.
     
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
    • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
       
    • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 29 February 2020 Arriving the same day.
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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.
    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: 24 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 officially reopened today, on 24 February 2020 and our employees are progressively resuming office work. Logistics operations in different GEODIS warehouses in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Chengdu, Dongguan, Shenyang and Shenzhen are ramping up to operate with re-instated capacity. Please find GEODIS office and warehouse operational status across China HERE.

    Generally, we observe a ramp-up phase for manufacturers in China. Production is re-starting, and we observe an increased pressure on access to capacity for export airfreight shipments, leading to already visible price increases.

     

    Recent virus outbreaks out of China and impact on GEODIS operations

    Japan has begun suspending major public gatherings to counter the spread of Covid-19 as the number of new cases rises quickly and makes the country one of the biggest sites of infection outside China. U.S. raises travel alert to Japan as new coronavirus spreads via unknown infection routes. So far this has no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
     
    Italy confirmed a sharp increase of infections over the weekend, the highest number in Europe. As a consequence the government imposed quarantines on different cities in Northern Italy, close to Milano and Venice. A few of our employees are affected as they cannot leave the established “red zones” to get to work. Nevertheless, so far there is no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
     
    South Korea raised the national threat level to the highest category, due to the increased number of infections. Public and school holidays have been extended into the first week of March, schools remain closed in several areas and companies have closed or slowed-down operations. Six countries have banned the entry of foreigners who have visited South Korea in the last 14 days. 15 countries have now imposed travel restrictions on South Korea. GEODIS is taking stringent measures to respond to the recent outbreak in South Korea. GEODIS' staff are preparing to work from home yet remain connected remotely to provide updates on their safety status and continuous service as far as possible. 

    Iran’s authorities reacted to the increased local infection numbers by closing several public services including some schools and universities. For the moment, the latest outbreak in Iran does not further affect other countries in the region, however there is an increased risk of possible impacts on supply chain activities in the Middle East region.

    Freight Operations 
    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.
    GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
    We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe per below:
    • 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.
       
    • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. There will be a minimum of 4 flights between 1st to 31st March. Flight schedules will be communicated shortly.
    Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.
    GEODIS Rail 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.
    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: 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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