April 20, 2020

As the pandemic runs rampant around the world, more than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world’s population, remain confined – while some governments are strictly allowing only essential services to operate.

On the other hand, some governments, especially in Europe, are set to ease lockdown measures this week. From today, Germany is allowing the reopening of smaller shops. In Spain, children will be allowed outside as from April 27, 2020 – they were strictly confined since March 14, 2020. Though these suspensions, the World Health Organizations maintains that the outbreak is far from being contained at the global level.

At Velogic, all our teams are mobilized to provide assistance to the healthcare sector by deploying cross border innovative logistics solutions to ease the movement of health-related commodities globally.

While we continue with these efforts, please find below an update of the situation in the territories we are present and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

Our team in Mauritius continue in the endeavour to trigger trade recovery plans – both for import and export.

Whilst the sea freight activities operate with reduced personnel, including customs clearance and delivery, there is presently much development on the airfreight side.

It is important to note that:

  1. Hong Kong: Flight MK106 to HKG is now to depart tomorrow, April 21, 2020 at 03:30 pm.
  2. France: Flight MK108 to CDG will depart on April 24, 2020 at 08:15 pm.

Due to limited space onboard flights during the lockdown period, booking is being accepted on a first come, first served basis.

France

As a reminder, the lockdown in France is maintained until May 11, 2020.

With the increase import of masks into France, customs is applying further control on the inbound shipments while ensuring that sanitary requirements are being complied with.

India

While the Ministry of Home Affairs has authorised logistics services to start, the State Government is yet to approve this measure due to the increasing number of cases.

Our team in India has applied for e-passes so that we can have a skeleton staff to be back at the office for attending priority tasks.

To get specific updates on the various regions in India, read the Velogic India Customer Advisory by clicking here.

Madagascar

The President has made an announcement to the population last night, reconfirming that the country has a preventive and curative remedy against Coronavirus, extracted from a plant “Artemisia” – also reporting about conclusive tests done by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. The remedy, in the form of a herbal tea is being officially presented today.

With this scientific outcome, measures have been deployed for a progressive suspension of the lockdown as from today, for resumption of normal activities from 06:00 a.m to 01:00 pm, with the wearing of masks being compulsory.

Based on such policies, our offices in Madagascar will operate with a skeleton staff and rotation basis, while some work from home. 

CFS’s and customs are working with reduced staff as well. Delays are therefore expected.

Bangladesh

The airports in Bangladesh remain closed for passenger flights, with exception for China routes. It has been shared that chartered flights are being operated for foreign embassies for the repatriation of their nationals.

As a matter of lack in demand due to factory closures, cargo flights are suspended, though there are no restrictions to operate.

Whilst Chittagong seaport is operational, waiting time for berthing vessels has reached 15 days on average. The authorities are most likely to shut down operations due to lack of space for unloading of containers. It is to be pointed out that delivery of import containers have drastically slowed down and exports reduced by 85% during the last two weeks.

CFS’s are operational – but with reduced workforce until 06:00 pm daily. In addition, customs are allowing clearance for export oriented and emergency goods only.

Supplementary Information

  • South Africa: Though cargo can still be offloaded for sea freight shipments, only essential cargo are being removed from the ports, provided that clearance is done 72 hours before berthing.
  • Please do not hesitate to liaise with your usual contact person at Velogic, should you have any queries regarding this announcement.

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