April 09, 2020

As companies continue to focus on securing their employees and reviewing their responses in an attempt to achieve business continuity, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact on supply chains.

With supply chain spanning jurisdictions and industries, the residual effects of the virus are being felt in diverse environments, including countries, which are less infected by the virus.

As the situation evolves, we continue to share the various updates in our territories and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

Today, Maersk Line has notified that demurrage and detention charges accrued during the lockdown period to consignees will be waived off. As far as the containers discharged during the lockdown period are concerned, standard freetime days shall be applicable once the lockdown is lifted and normal charges shall be applicable thereafter.

While our team is working on the special flights for customers to move their orders, especially for health related supplies from China, other solutions are being worked upon, to facilitate export as well – more details will follow shortly. 

Regarding the China imports, while we are building further volumes, customers having orders ready may download a copy of the “booking template” by clicking here and forwarding the document to our sales team on sales@velogic-mu.com .

France

The President will now address the population on Monday 13, April 2020 and we shall thereafter communicate on any new changes to the policies.

All our teams are working from home and are available for enquiries and requests via email and phone.

For previous situation updates on France, click here.

India

The terminals across India continue to face severe labour shortages and the high inventories in container yards affect productivity. It has been reported that break bulk terminals have claimed “Force Majeure” while berth schedules are disrupted.

All deliveries for air import shipments are being disrupted due to the severe labour shortage.

Most carriers are announcing blank sailings to Europe, Mediterranean, Asia and USA.

Kenya

The movement in and out of Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties have been banned since yesterday. While cargo movement is excluded from this policy, only one driver and a maximum of 2 crews will be allowed per truck.

The spread of the Coronavirus in Kenya is affecting the export of perishables – mainly fresh food and flowers. The daily export of cut flowers has decreased by 20% – due to fewer demands in the main markets. 

For previous situation updates on Kenya, click here.

Madagascar

There has been no major change in logistics since yesterday. 

However, following the suspension of exports of essential oils, the President has announced that Madagascar could potentially develop a remedy from plants and essential oils to fight against Coronavirus.

The dusk to dawn curfew in Toamasina, Antananarivo and Fianarantsoa remain enforced.

For previous situation updates on Madagascar, click here.

Reunion

Our team in Reunion is presently handling important consignments consisting of medical equipment as well as vaccines.

While most of the employees are working from home, a reduced workforce is ensuring that the clearance and deliveries are done.

It is to be noted that air import is presently under control by the Government and authorisation is being granted for health related commodities only.

Bangladesh

The number of infected cases has grown by 112 persons in the last 24 hours, surging to 330 cases.

Dhaka Airport, Chittagong port and CFS’s remain operational with reduced workforces. As previously reported, customs are allowing clearance for export oriented and emergency goods.

Supplementary Information

  • Turkey: All international passenger flights being suspended, our agent is presently working on freighter options for both outbound and inbound cargo. On the sea freight side, though all tradelanes are still operational, there is a shortage of equipment. It is therefore highly recommended to proceed with advance booking for shipments from Turkey.
  • Thailand: Thailand has imposed a nationwide curfew between 22:00 and 04:00 with exception of the transport of medical product, movement of people on quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel and those leaving for the airport.
  • China: The majority of our network’s offices across China are operating normally; the Wuhan branch has received the local authority’s greenlight to resume to work at office.

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