May 20, 2020

While Governments gradually open economies, the Covid-19 pandemic keeps straining the logistics industry. As per a recent market forecast, the industry’s economic activity could be down by 10.2% worldwide given that there are still a lot of unknowns to enable experts to fully determine the impact of the Coronavirus on supply chains.

In spite of this context, the logistics and freight industry continues to perform one of the most vital services of our interconnected world.  With country and territory borders shut down in an objective to limit passenger travel, international trade and transportation is maintained – though hampered due to limitation of equipment and spaces – across air, land and sea sectors. 

The aviation industry however remains the worst hit by the pandemic. While the restrictions on air cargo movement was less stringent as compared to passenger travel, latest figures show a decline of 19%  in  air freight volume worldwide between March 2019 and March 2020 – i.e. only 4.01 million metric tons.

As the global situation improves steadily, our teams are adjusting to working in a Covid-19 environment and we provide you with the latest situation updates in the territories we are present and some power trade lanes:

Mauritius

On the ground handling side, the PATS warehouse has now extended its working hours up to 14:00 on weekdays. On Saturdays, the warehouse remains open until noon. The warehouse can be exceptionally re-opened in the afternoon in case of flight arrival. As far as Ground2Air is concerned, the warehouse remains closed and opens only upon request. The hours of operations at the cargo shed remains from 08:30 to 19:00.

Earlier today, we communicated on the various dates for incoming and outgoing cargo flights. To learn more, click here.

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

In view of easing the process, we recommend that importers/exporters provide shipment details by clicking below:

France

Further to the gradual loosening of restrictions since May 11, 2020, we presently have more staff who have joined office this week, while we still have a share who are working from home, as recommended by the government.

As we handle more PPE shipments from countries like Madagascar, Bangladesh, Turkey and China, we wish to share that the Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Taxes has enforced strict guidelines. To download a copy of the guidelines, please click here.

In view of continuously assessing the needs of the market, our team is planning to administer a survey near our customers.

India

Lockdown 4.0, which came into effect since Sunday 17, May 2020 resulted in some loosening of the nationwide confinement.

While our teams at Velogic India are having a special desk to facilitate the movement of pharmaceutical and related products, it has been reported that until now, Mumbai International Airport Limited has transported a total of 12,000 tons of pharma, 2,700 tons of agro exports and 1,500 tons of PPE items & diagnostics kits, all operated by over 370 flights. In terms of air cargo volume, it has been shared that the airport processed a total of 18,000 tons at exports and over 12,000 tons of import.

To read more on how Velogic India is deployed, please click here.

Kenya

With twelve Tanzanian truck drivers tested positive at the Lungalunga and Taveta borders, who have now returned to their country, there has been a declaration of cessation of movement of persons in and out of the Kenya-Tanzania international border as well as of the Kenya-Somalia border, except for cargo vehicles.

In addition, all drivers of cargo vehicles will be subject to mandatory Covid-19 diagnostic.

The Government has furthermore extended the dusk to dawn curfew by 21 days, i.e. until June 06, 2020. This also applies to the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa and Mandera counties.

Though faced by these challenges, our team is ensuring that the delays do not hit our clients and proactive measures are being taken. 

Bangladesh

The deep depression turned super cyclonic storm “Amphan” is badly damaging parts of Sundarbans forest region as it makes landfall today.

As a precautionary measure, the Chittagong Port Authority shifted all vessels from birth to deep sea for shelter since yesterday morning.

By doing so, there are presently 17 container vessels which are waiting at outer anchorage, in addition to the waiting time which is due to the prevailing Coronavirus situation.

Reunion

Despite the reduced number of flights, the UPS Reunion team is handling consequent inbound volumes by virtue of arrangements made with Air Austral for dedicated space onboard the flights.

On the airfreight side, the situation remains more or less status quo, while for sea freight operations are being accomplished without major impediments.

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