March 20, 2020
Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Covid-19 as a pandemic, many governments have announced countrywide lockdowns.
Most of the countries in which we operate are presently under confinement but people are generally allowed to go out to buy groceries. They can visit the doctor and the pharmacy. But, beyond that, what’s considered essential varies from country to country, and many have allowed culturally flavoured exceptions.
As the situation around the world evolves, here are the latest updates on our network’s capabilities:
With the lockdown being announced for this morning as from 06:00 a.m (GMT +4), our team in Mauritius has triggered the business continuity plan in view of ensuring that a skeletal staff is on site to ensure a continued movement of shipments.
Maersk Line has notified that its counter in Mauritius will be opened during the confinement period from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 15:00 but will be restricted only to instances where original documentation is concerned.
The sea port has also reviewed its working hours which is now as follows: From 07:00 to 21:00 on Monday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 15:00 on Sunday and Public Holidays. The terminal will be operated with minimum staff – only one gate will be operational for in and only one for out.
Moreover, the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) Customs will be performing scanning from 08:00 to 14:00 on week days and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Saturday and Public Holiday.
Following the disruptions encountered by road freight transport and logistics operators following the announcement of the lockdown, the French Government have issued new measures to facilitate freight transport. These include guarantees for access for freight transport and logistics workers to their workplace and to loading and unloading places, extra protection for freight transport and logistics workers and a derogation to keep stores, restaurants and sanitary facilities open at services stations.
As a reminder, no international flights will be allowed to land in India as from March 22, 2020 – and this for a week.
Moreover, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra has announced that all non-essential workplaces in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur to stay shut from midnight today to March 31.
In such circumstances, all our employees in Velogic India will work from home as from tomorrow onwards until further notice. All staff will be reachable on email as well as phone while all works are being coordinated.
Kenya has confirmed seven cases of the coronavirus and restricted foreign travel and suspended school in a bid to reduce the risk of contagion within the East African country. The Government has announced a raft of measures to contain the Coronavirus though there are no new cases so far.
Though no Coronavirus case being reported in Madagascar so far, with many countries of origin and destinations being locked down, there has been a drastic reduction in the number of flights – affecting the onloading of shipments being ready to dispatch.
Further, with the ongoing verification on vessels, the sea freight activity is being hugely impacted with delays.
Despite the French government regulations to lock-down the country to prevent the spread of the virus, cargo transportation is continuing as usual, albeit with potential delays.
- United Kingdom: International and domestic freight transport (including by air, ship, road and rail, including roll-on/roll-off transports) is classified by UK government as an essential activity in the context of its travel advice.
- China: Outbound air freight capacity is under tremendous pressure among all mainland China export markets as production resumes and passenger flight cancellations are sustained.
- Turkey: Turkey halted flights from nine European countries — Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands until April 17, 2020.
At Velogic, while we are ensuring that the health & safety of our employees, customers, partners and suppliers is maintained, we shall also try and provide our level best in ensuring a continued movement of shipments, as far as allowed within the paradigm of law.
Please do not hesitate to liaise with your usual contact person at Velogic, should you have any queries regarding this announcement.