March 25, 2020

The various territories in which we operate are presently experiencing different severity levels from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As we continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, please find below the latest updates as regards to how logistics is being disrupted:

Mauritius

Since last night, the Mauritian Government has enforced a total lockdown, which is further affecting movement in Mauritius with a special access permit being required for circulating.

The Swiss Air flight has now been re-scheduled for March 27, 2020 (ETD 22:00), but with no option for cargo export. Moreover, the Thomson (now TUI Airways) flight, initially planned for March 30, 2020 is now cancelled.

All flights to Rodrigues have been suspended until Sunday 05, April 2020.

France

Despite the confinement, cargo is still moving in and out of France. However, due to suspended flights, the cargo space is remaining scarce.

India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a 21 days’ nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As such, though the CFS activities can be operated, cargo movement is being restricted due to absence of labour, surveyors and CFS staff as a result of the curfew restriction.

Moreover, with local transportation at a standstill, though port terminals are operational, containers are not moving. We shall be providing more information on this situation in tomorrow’s announcement.

Bangladesh

With the prevailing situation in Bangladesh, airlines have started suspending their fights. The flight TG321/322 for Bangkok-Dhaka-Bangkok is will temporary suspended from March 26, 2020 to May 23, 2020.

Kenya

As a response to the pandemic, the Kenyan President has announced today that a 19:00 – 05:00 curfew will be enforced as from March 27, 2020. Our team is presently taking stock of this latest updates and we shall report in tomorrow’s announcement.

Madagascar

Based on Government instructions, export activities (both air and sea) are operational from morning until noon daily.

Supplementary Information:

  • South Africa: South African Government has implemented a 21-day lockdown effective 24h00 26th March 2020 until 16th April 2020. It will exclude those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water, and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products.
  • Germany: The Port of Hamburg is making it a priority for the port to remain operational. They undertake to prevent further spread of the coronavirus by taking various measures, including the submission of a Maritime Health Declaration (MDH) at least 24 hours before the port call.

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