March 18, 2020

Over the past few days, the Covid-19 has been wreaking havoc on global supply chains and in response to the latest development of this outbreak, Velogic is taking additional measures to ensure that our employees, customers and partners are provided with the most up-to-date information frequently.

Here are the latest updates on our network’s capabilities:

Mauritius

With the constantly evolving situation, Air Mauritius has proceeded with a series of flight cancellations to London, Delhi, Bangalore / Chennai, Mumbai, Perth, Nairobi and Madagascar. As from Friday 20, March 2020, the Singapore / Kuala Lumpur flight will now be rerouted to Kuala Lumpur only.

More information is available on Air Mauritius’ website at https://www.airmauritius.com/.

Air France has however pointed out that they are still operating services to most of the US destinations this week. While all cargo bookings for passengers flights have been set to 7 days, the bookings on their full freighter connecting flights remain at 13 days.

France

Being faced with the growing restrictions on travel and the strong downwards trend in demand, Air France – KLM has announced the gradual reduction of its flight activity over the next few days, with the number of available seat kilometers potentially decreasing between -70% and -90%. This reduction is believed to last for two months, while Air France continues to monitor the situation.

The Velogic France employees are operating on a work-from-home basis, as well as most of our customers, though operations for air and sea cargo movements are still ongoing.

India

With the government decision of suspending flights from Europe, UK, Turkey and Gulf countries into India, European airlines have proceeded with flight cancellations. This has now resulted in a further scarcity in space allocation. Most of the cargo moving out of India is presently by freighter, which is also experiencing backlog, accompanied by premium freight rates. While our offices in India are closing earlier than usual (Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 16:00 and Saturday: 08:30 to noon), a business continuity plan has been introduced in view of minimising the impact on our customers’ supply chains.

Kenya

While Kenya has moved from 4 to 7 cases, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kenya Ports Authority  as well as the Kenya Revenue Authority are still operating. However, our operations are being highly impacted with the Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS) no more allowing public access to clearing agents. This has been implemented as a measure to minimise the risk of further infection. All documents for Certificate of Conformity processing are being collected by a staff at the entrance and there is no possible interaction. This process is delaying the timely issue of certificates. Though these challenges, our team at Velogic Kenya is ensuring that there is no drop in our service levels. However, in case of a complete lock down, our service may experience the potential impact of the crisis.

Ethiopian Airlines has also announced a series of flight cancellations.

Moreover, as the Government and Ministry of Health have advised for social distancing, self quarantine and working from home options, where possible there is generally little movement compared to normal days.

Reunion

Though our office in Le Port is closed for the public (while our staff are working from home), the Gillot office is still operational to deliver cargo to customers who are still working. Our express courier operations are ongoing and deliveries are being organised for consignees which are not closed down.

Madagascar

With an objective to further prevent the outbreak entering in Madagascar, President Rajoelina has enforced further measures which will be effective Friday 20, March 2020. As such, all international and regional flights will also be suspended for 30 days. Previously, the flight suspension was only with Europe, namely to Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Turkish Airlines and Air France will still be operating for cargo movements.

Madagascar

With an objective to further prevent the outbreak entering in Madagascar, President Rajoelina has enforced further measures which will be effective Friday 20, March 2020. As such, all international and regional flights will also be suspended for 30 days. Previously, the flight suspension was only with Europe, namely to Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Turkish Airlines and Air France will still be operating for cargo movements.

Supplementary Information

  • China & Hong Kong – Air freight rates ex-China and Hong Kong are presently very volatile and have been observed to increase on a daily basis owing to less supply. On mainland side, while the trucking operations in China are recovering, the cross-border trucking to and from Hong Kong remains normal.
  • South Africa – Though the address by President Ramaphosa on Sunday night declaring about a state of emergency, the current closure of sea ports are not affecting the movement of freight – since the measures taken refer to passenger vessels and crew changes. Land borders being used by our partners in South Africa remain accessible. As vessels are being screened by Port Health, the potential delay of cargo discharge (if any) is at this stage unknown.
  • Italy – Italian ports are fully operational and the measures adopted by the Government in no way restrict the movement of goods in the country.

Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your Velogic local representative and we will be happy to assist you.