April 10, 2020

The world continues to witness the unprecedented dimension of the Covid-19 pandemic which keeps spreading like bonfire to more geographies. 

While Government take drastic measures to limit the impact of the outbreak on health and national economies, the present crisis is also amplifying the challenges in supply chains, affecting recovery rates for the severely impacted sectors.

As the exponential spread of the Coronavirus affects logistics, please find below an overview of the situation in our various territories and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

Today, the Cabinet has announced the extension of the lockdown until May 04, 2020.

Following announcements from Maersk Line and CMA CGM, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) has notified that they shall waive off demurrage charges applicable on import containers in Port Louis from March 20, 2020 to April 15, 2020. Any demurrage accrued thereafter, standard free time shall be applicable as from April 16, 2020 onwards. This may be subject to review based on the Government’s decision to prolong the confinement.

Moreover, with the support of various airlines, our teams are working on the possibilities to trigger recovery plans for trade in Mauritius – at both import and export.

France

The French Ministry of the Interior published an additional certificate with three variants (1. Travel from mainland France to the French overseas territories, 2. Travel from abroad to metropolitan France and 3. Travel from abroad to French overseas territories). After discussion by national associations with the various authorities, it is recommended that delivery drivers are issued with one of the certificates as well as a written document justifying a transport (“attestation de déplacement”) and the certificate for professionals (“justificatif de déplacement professionnel”). 

India

Due to the shortage of drivers, the All India Motor Transport Congress has reported that daily movement of truck has collapsed to less than 10% of normal levels.

Moreover, though the Government has allowed non-essential cargo to be airlifted, airlines have reported that there has not been a dramatic increase in bookings beyond April 15, 2020.

The confinement is presently maintained until April 14, 2020.

Kenya

The movement of food supplies and other cargo continue as normal during the declared containment period through road, railway and air.

With five more people tested positive in the last 24 hours, the Government continues to insist on social distancing and wearing of masks in public places.

Madagascar

The curfew in place from 20:00 to 05:00 in Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Tamatave is maintained.

Reunion

The President will be making an announcement on Monday 13, April 2020. We shall thereafter communicate on any new changes to the policies.

Meanwhile, only a skeleton team is available for clearance and deliveries. The majority of our staff members are working from home and available for enquiries and requests via email and phone.

Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh has extended the ongoing nationwide closure until April 25, 2020.

Based on a circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration today, nobody will henceforth be allowed to leave their residences after 06:00 p.m.

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

Supplementary Information

  • Greece: While all borders are open for international transport operations, in some cases a Locator Form may be required by port authorities when entering Greece. Truck drivers will be given the form and asked to complete and sign it. The form requires personal and family contact details.

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