April 03, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be profoundly disruptive to the global supply chain. A recent research by independent firm Drewry shows that the 30% fall in container volumes in China (during its first month of spread), which accounts for 30% global throughout resulted in a 9% reduction in global container volume.

As our teams are preparing to further mitigate the impact of the outbreak, below is an overview of the effects being experienced in all the territories we are present, including some affected power trade lanes we operate, and how we are responding:

Mauritius

We have been notified that the officers processing Certificate of Origins at the Mauritius Revenue Authority are presently assisting with the requests from home. As far as the certificates being issued by the Ministry of Commerce are concerned, the Trade Division will be processing same every Monday (as from April 06, 2020) from 09:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Moreover, all passenger flights to Mauritius remain suspended. 

With the Port Health clearing all vessels outside the harbour, after which the pilot is able to come on-board, there is a delay of 3-4 hours in berthing of calling vessels.

Our team is also working on the potential airlift of pharmaceutical, sanitary and medical orders from China. Should you have any specific request, we invite you to call our office on +230 206 1000 or send an email to [email protected] .

France

The French Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that the lockdown will be maintained until April 15, 2020 minimum. He also mentioned that non-respect of the lockdown will entail consequential fines and even jail.

Apart from Orly, all other airports, seaports are operational, but at a slower pace. Our team is actively supporting various importers for the movement of masks from China and Bangladesh into France – both by air and sea-air.

The airfreight capacities remain scarce and the rates are now rising higher day by day.

India

As a matter of the present total lockdown situation, many drivers have migrated back to their hometowns. Even if the Government has lifted the ban on the movement of goods on road, the shortage of drivers is now easing same. This situation is likely to continue until April 14, 2020 – which could further be extended depending on the outbreak in India.

Kenya

With the customs offices opening from 09:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, coupled with a reduced staffing at nearly 50%, delays are being caused to clearance time.

Madagascar

Based on the previous updates, Turkish Airlines flight is being operated on Sundays whereas Air France is operating on Thursdays – both being cargo flights. The port is operational at a reduced pace, in line with the governmental policies.

Reunion

UPS Express in Reunion is expecting its next consol tomorrow. However, priority onboard flights is being given to imports of medical and related purposes goods for the account of the Government.

Bangladesh

Dhaka airport, Chittagong seaport and CFS’s remain operational but with a reduced workforce. Customs authorities are allowing clearance for export oriented materials / goods and emergency supplies. Ready-made garments factories are now closed.

Supplementary Information

  • Australia: Transport in Australia is fully operational with minimal restrictions and currently there is no restriction between borders. The borders have been closed for non-essential travel but this excludes freight services. Trucks and drivers are still operating and therefore collecting and delivering cargo is still achievable.
  • Italy: Shipments can still be moved, but this is challenged by limited transport capabilities. Milan Linate airport is temporarily closed since mid March 2020.

Please do not hesitate to liaise with your usual contact person at Velogic, should you have any queries regarding this announcement.