May 15, 2020

With the Coronavirus outbreak gradually stabilizing in some countries governments have started to loosen the restrictions which were enforced during the total lockdown periods.

However, regions like South and Central America have recently declared “state of emergency” and are establishing measures, including closure of borders and/or national quarantine. 

Though many companies and supply chain operators are resuming office in varying degree, supply chain operations remain disturbed as freight operations keep being substantially impacted.

Globally, air freight operations have not resumed since many flights remain cancelled or reduced. Nevertheless, for almost all countries, freighters or cargo flights are still ongoing and allowed to operate. On the other side, with no major restrictions on sea freight operations, the impact is minimal.

As we adapt our responses to the daily challenges, we are pleased to share the latest updates obtained from the territories we are present and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

With the gradual loosening of the lockdown until June 01, 2020, many sectors have started operations as from today, including export-oriented companies. 

As far as airfreight is concerned, while we await for the opening of the sky, Air Mauritius is planning to have a flight to Madagascar on May 19, 2020. Regarding Europe connectivity, flight AF645 to CDG is planned on May 18, 2020 while MK112 to LHR is expected to depart on May 19, 2020.

Another crucial flight is scheduled from Mauritius to India (MRU-MAA-BOM-MRU) on May 26, 2020.

Since all these flights are being operated on adhoc situations, we shall request that any probable shipment details are communicated to our teams so that we can ensure space is booked on a first come, first served basis.

France

Velogic France is still operating with a skeleton staff and is encouraging employees to work from home whenever possible.

On the logistics side, there is still lack of capacities for air transportation and Velogic is providing alternative solutions for its customers.

Madagascar

The Port of Toamasina is facing some backlog due to a strike of some employees during the last two days.  The strike has stopped but trucks transporting export containers are being queued up, with delays.

Based on this situation CMA CGM vessel Kailas has reported its departure. 

India

The Government has extended the complete lockdown in India until May 17, 2020 but yet some States have extended the lockdown until 29th of May.

Velogic India continues to operate with necessary precautions in place and our teams are availableN to assist and support its customers.

For more details on India, click here.

Kenya

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with rising cases each day.  Among the new cases, four drivers have been tested positive and thus the Government have imposed strict controls by having all drivers to be tested at set checkpoints.  Due to the slow testing, delays on delivery of cargo are being observed.

Though these local disruptions, there is an increase in cargo coming into Kenya since Spain, South Africa and India have started with air freight cargo movements.  With the opening of these markets, as our team proceed with clearing of shipments, we expect a surge in the volumes.

Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government announced a further extension to the closure of public and private offices until May 30, 2020, with some conditions. 

In order to contain the spread of Covid-19, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has also extended the ban on scheduled domestic & International passenger flight operations with all countries, except China, until May 30.

Currently there are18 container vessels waiting at outer anchorage and 10 vessels at berth for discharging and loading Export containers.

Supplementary Information

  • Poland: All flights from/to airports in Poland are suspended for two weeks. This period is subject to possible extension. Only charter connections and RFS operate. On the seafreight side, the situation seems to be under control so far.

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