March 31, 2020
In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, more countries are introducing lockdowns, whereby the fluidity of supply chains and the free movement of goods are no more being guaranteed.
While we continue monitoring the various policies being implemented by Governments and private agencies with respect to the movement of goods, preventive measures are also being taken to mitigate the impact on our customers, while ensuring that public health and safety is maintained during these unprecedented times.
Some of the most important updates regarding our network capabilities are:
With the lockdown period being extended until April 15, 2020, the majority of our team are working from home. With the support from all authorities concerned, though with a skeletal staff, we are being able to clear shipments, especially essential goods while proceeding with deliveries of shipments.
Our team is also working on the potential airlift of pharmaceutical, sanitary and medical orders from China. Should you have any specific request, we invite you to call our office on +230 206 1000 or send an email to [email protected] .
Cross border road freight is still operation but with moderate delays. However, movement to and from Italy and Spain is being significantly disrupted. Coupled with the trucking challenges, the shortage of equipment is now being of more concern.
The airports are operational, but with suspended flights and reduced workforce, airlines are majoring their rates.
As per notifications issued by the Government, the transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential, have been allowed. However, one of the major impediments remain the availability of trucks and drivers – resulting in delays for the movement of goods.
With the present curfew being enforced, daily working hours have drastically reduced – resulting in delays to the loading and unloading operations. Moreover, the curfew has also caused congestion on the Msa-Nbi highway since most trucks are on the road during non-curfew time.
In addition, KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards) has introduced a process to applying local COC through email. While we are still at trial stage, more updates on the process will follow in our forthcoming updates.
As announced yesterday, authorities decided that only trucks transporting necessity products could circulate between the two confined cities – Antananarivo and Toamasina and a representation was to be done by the GPCAD near the authorities to review this decision. We are pleased to share that Velogic Madagascar, along with other service providers, has been provided with the required permit to operate trucks and vans transporting goods other than necessities products.
With only two Air Austral flights this week, the number of inbound volumes to Reunion is decreasing. Moreover, since yesterday, only medical cargo and perishables are being access on flights from Paris for UPS shipments. We continue to operate with minimum staff in office while others are working from home.
As at date, both Dhaka Airport and Chittagong Seaport are operational – as well as CFS. It has been reported that the confinement period might also be extended up to April 09, 2020.
- Spain: The Spanish Government has intensified the contingency measures in the country to control the Covid-19 spread. This means that only workers on essential activities can attend their workplaces in person. . The activities considered essential are linked to health service, pharma, food and related sectors.
Should you have any concern and/or queries, please feel free to contact your Velogic local representative and we will be happy to assist you.