April 21, 2020

As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to increase, there is a growing concern as regards to the broader impact on the social and economic environment.

While governments respond to the macroeconomic damages resulting from the pandemic, businesses are enacting contingency procedures in view of avoiding impairment due to extended lockdowns in many countries.

With such unparalleled global impacts, our worldwide teams of logistics experts are more than ever mobilized to assist the healthcare industry with innovative supply chain solutions. 

As 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

Further to the resumptions of port activities to the 24/7 schedule, operations have been reported to be back to normal for both loading and discharge. Moreover, though most customs officers are working from home and there is a reduced staff at the office, customs clearance is being completed, for both essential and non-essential commodities. It is a similar situation for the issuance of permits by the respective authorities.

It is to be pointed out that so far, though the extension of the lockdown period, there has been no further circular from shipping lines regarding any changes to the freetime period. Hence, as at date, demurrage charges exemption applies to the period March 20, 2020 to April 15, 2020 only.

The procedure for port storage charges remain unchanged – with payment at time, followed by a refund after application, subject to all conditions being adhered to.

On the airfreight side, the PATS warehouse is operating from 09:00 to noon on a daily basis. Similar to the sea freight activities, most customs officers are working from home, while only one customs officer is on site for verification purposes.

We have an upcoming cargo flights on April 24, 2020 by both Alitalia (FCO-MRU-FCO) and Air Seychelles (SEZ-MRU-SEZ). While the Alitalia flight has connection possibilities to other European destinations, the Air Seychelles flight will have transhipment flows to JNB, DXB and BOM.

France

While Orly Airport remains closed, it has been reported that freight traffic is gradually resuming in the north of Paris, most precisely at Charles de Gaulle.

Though commercial flights remain slowed down, the upsurge is mainly a result of the trade triggering from China. 

Despite the fact that France remains locked down until May 11, 2020, it has been shared that there is a weekly transit of 40,000 tonnes of goods through CDG. 

It is also to be noted that our team in France is actively contributing to the facilitation of trade, with more than half million of masks being imported from China last week itself.

India

As reported yesterday, in view of resuming work on a skeleton basis, our offices in India have applied for e-passes, in order to comply with the government measures put in place.

Velogic India is assisting various traders with the movement of healthcare products.

It is to be noted that export of masks is presently prohibited from India, with exceptions being Government movements as aid to other countries, subject to the approval of the DGFT based on the certification of products by the suppliers.

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

Kenya

The dusk to dawn curfew from 07:00 pm to 05:00 a.m is being maintained for all activities, with exceptions being to essential service providers.

Based on the “operating hours”, trucking time has increased due to overnight stoppage.

Madagascar

With the partial suspension being put in place by the Government, our skeleton team is being able to operate from the office until 03:00 p.m daily, instead of noon as it was the case previously.

Based on the same guidelines, public services, including customs and CFS’s are working until 01:00 p.m only, until further notice.

Reunion

Air Austral has implemented a flight this week, by operating a Boeing 777 aircraft on the CDG-RUN lane, allowing further capacity for air freight movements.

Our express team in Reunion has engaged with blocked space onboard, allowing for backlogged volumes in hubs to be retrieved.

This measure will ensure that the shipments continue their movements until final destination, being Reunion – and shipments customs cleared and delivered accordingly.

Bangladesh

The Prime Minister has declared yesterday that a plan is being put in place to allow the re-opening of some export-oriented factories on a limited scale, provided that sanitary guidelines are adhered to, especially for the workers.

The airfreight situation remains unchanged, apart from Bangladesh authorities operating special chartered flight to repatriate nationals from India, Middle East and other countries.

With no restriction on freighters, Silk Way West Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific are operating cargo flights on an irregular basis.

Moreover, authorities are allowing vehicle movements for the purpose of export and import. As reported yesterday, with the high port inventory, berthing delays of vessels has reached an average of 15 days at Chittagong.

CFS’s are operational – but with reduced workforce until 06:00 pm daily.

Supplementary Information

Turkey: Our agent has reported that operations continuing on all tradelanes. However, they recommend flexible planning due to delays at transhipment points in FCL cargo. Due to capacity reduction, there can be rollovers in LCL cargo.

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