April 08, 2020

As the impact of the pandemic exacerbates, the supply chain effects of the crisis are coming into sharp focus. With the number of blank sailings increasing on certain trade routes, some carriers have even temporarily withdrawn services on these routes for the entire second quarter of 2020.  

In contrast to the effect of the outbreak in China, which resulted in the cancellation of more than 100 sailings, the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic to Europe and the US is set to have an even more substantial impact.

While we continue to identify supply chain risks and actively managing them on behalf of our customers, please find below an overview of the situation in our various territories and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

The first special cargo flight ex-China will depart from Guangzhou on April 10, 2020. We strongly recommend that all customers and importers having important orders, especially for the medical, pharmaceutical, safety & health and food industry contact our team in view of arranging the shipments.

To ease the process, customers may download a copy of the “booking template” by clicking here and forward the document to our sales team on sales@velogic-mu.com .

France

The President will address the population tomorrow and we shall thereafter communicate on any new changes to the policies.

After one month of lockdown, there are previously no changes to the logistics environment in France, with ports, seaports and customs working at a reduced speed.

India

Even though India is in total lockdown, the Finance Minister announced that as a major relief to importers and exporters, customs clearance shall operate on a 24/7 basis until June 30, 2020 to facilitate trade.

The Government has also extended the due date for matters related to the compliance under the Customs Act and other associated laws until June 30, 2020.

Despite these measures from the government, given that we are facing a shortage of drivers, coupled with the reduction of workforce, CFS operations, road transport and customs brokerage remain affected.

Moreover, there has been a partial lifting on the ban on export and malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol will be allowed, subject to availability of stock for domestic requirements.

Kenya

While the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew introduced last week remains in effect, the transport of food and other critical cargo continue without any major disruption.

For previous situation updates on Kenya, click here.

Madagascar

The Malagasy Government has suspended the export of essential oils. As per researchers in Madagascar, this product is necessary for the treatment of many viral diseases.

With the curfew being maintained in Toamasina, Antananarivo and Fianarantsoa, our offices in Madagascar are open from 08h00 to noon on weekdays only.

For previous situation updates on Madagascar, click here.

Reunion

With most flights remaining suspended, except for Reunion – France route, our UPS Express operations in Reunion is being highly impacted. This change is impeding on the transit to/from Mayotte and Comoros.

Similar to air freight shipments which are subject to the temporary control, only medical equipment (and related commodities) are being accepted. All other consignments are being either returned to shippers or held at origin. Though the reduced workforce, the Express team is maintain pickup, delivery as well as customs clearance.

Bangladesh

The number of coronavirus infections in Bangladesh has surged to 218 after the detection of 54 positive cases in the last 24 hours.

Dhaka Airport, Chittagong port and CFS’s are operational with reduced workforces. Customs are allowing clearance for export oriented and emergency goods.

Supplementary Information

  • South Africa: Though ships are being able to discharge all their volumes, the ports are allowing removal of essential cargo only, provided clearance is done 72 hours before berthing of ships. Accordingly, both ports and most shipping lines have extended the free time on storage and demurrage.

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