March 23, 2020
The Covid-19 virus is sending countries worldwide into lockdown and threatening the global economy. The latest figures depict that the coronavirus is now affecting 192 countries and their supply chains; and as at now, many of our global employees are being required to work from home.
In line with the respective governmental policies regarding lockdowns across the territories we are present, please see below some of the major highlights regarding the impact on our logistics networks:
The Mauritius Government has imposed a 10-days curfew on the country from 20:00 (GMT+4) on Monday 23 March to 20:00 (GMT+4) local time on April 02, 2020 in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Most of the airlines have cancelled their flights to Mauritius, based on the passenger entry restrictions.
Air France and Turkish Airlines are still maintaining their cargo flight, but changes are being expected on the schedule.
Given that prior to berthing, most vessels are being required to be cleared by Port Health at anchorage, delays are being experienced. Moreover, there have been changes to the terminal’s operations hours (see Announcement 20 March 2020)
The borders within the Schengen area and between the European Union and the rest of the world remain partially or completely closed. Shipment movement remains excluded from this restriction in a means not to disrupt supply chains.
Though seaports, airport and customs are still working, the activity is much slow due to the shortage of flights and vessels, not to mention order cancellations.Moreover, with many passenger flights being suspended, cargo capacities are getting scarce on most of France’s power lanes.
With the massive shortage of truck drivers who headed to their villages on Covid-19 fears, cargo movement on road is being highly impacted.
It has moreover been reported that many state governments have imposed complete lockdowns. All shops, commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, godowns, etc.. shall close their operations. The Public transport services will also not ply except for few essential services and commodities.
With the rising number of cases, the Kenyan Government has announced that effective Wednesday 25, March 2020, all international flights will be suspended. This however excludes cargo flight.
Despite the lockdown, transportation of cargo remains possible from/to Antananarivo and Tamatave. However, passenger transport is confined.
The situation remains unchanged with airlines restricting further flights, limiting cargo spaces at another extent.
Please do not hesitate to liaise with your usual contact person at Velogic, should you have any queries regarding this announcement.