World’s logistics scenario during COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus expansion, many ports, airports and customs duties worldwide have been affected by the lockdowns in several countries. In order to keep you posted about the world’s logistics scenario during COVID-19, we have compiled the below information about the situation in the ports, airports and Customs Duties.

*Please note that the information comes from the data members have provided us with. If you notice that there is something wrong or that there is information that needs to be updated, please send us an email at mserrano@conquerornetwork.com.

You can also find useful information about the worldwide COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions Situation that Wilhelmsen has created here.

LAST UPDATE: 24th April 2020

 COUNTRY  WHEN  LOCKDOWN
DATES
 PORTS  AIRPORTS  CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
 ARGENTINA NOW
  • Originally from March 20th till March 31st. Extended till April 26th.
  • Ports are operating normally.
  • Import and Export cargoes are being delivered and loaded as usual.
  • Shipping lines are working with limited staff and they have reduced operation hours which could cause some delays for cargoes release. In Argentina original BL are mandatory.
  • Only aircraft flights are authorized to operate, passenger flights are not allowed.
  • Lufthansa, Qatar, Lan Airlines, Avianca, Qatar, Atlas and Martinair are operating regular aircrafts to Buenos Aires.
  • Our customs is working with limited staff so the focus is on essential items (pharma, foods and perishable).
  • The other products are being released but could suffer delays in customs procedures.
EXPECTED
  • Government could extend the lockdown but it´s not official yet. On the other hand, it´s expected other industries will be authorized to restart operations.
  • Some Shipping lines are starting to release cargoes online.
  • Aerolineas Argentinas is also coordinating sanitary flights with cargoes.
  • Regular flights will not operate during this month.
  • After April 26 customs should increase the available staff to avoid more delays.

 AUSTRALIA
NOW
  • No lockdowns
  • All Australian ports are operating for import/export, LCL/FCL.
  • Airports are still open for import/export cargo
  • Customs offices are working normally
EXPECTED
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 BANGLADESH NOW
  • Started from 26th March, extended till 25th April.
  • Chattogram & Mongla ports are working partially, as a result of huge congestion of vessels waiting berthing.
  • In Dhaka & Chattogram, the commercial flights operations have been suspended till 30th April.
  • Freighters are operated on demand basis.
  • They are working partially.
EXPECTED
  • The government considers further extension
  • Port operation may come to halt due to space constraints to store containers.
  • The lockdown can be extended further.
  • This situation may continue till lockdown is eased.
 BELGIUM NOW
  • Until 19/04
  • Fully operational
  • Fully operational – less capacity due to no passenger flights
  •  Fully operational (electronic)
EXPECTED
  • An extension is foreseen until 03/05 or 11/05
  • It will remain fully operational
  • It will remain fully operational, however, limited due to less capacity.
  • It will remain the same (paperless).
 BRAZIL NOW
  • Brazil does not have a lockdown declared by the Federal Government itself.
  • The provinces/states are delivering each order for the lockdown. Till now, the lockdown is declared until April, 22nd.
  • Santa Catarina state decreed Emergency situation up to May 30th.
  • Several Airlines’ services were canceled – which caused a huge backlog of cargo waiting to be exported.
  • Prices of services have increased a lot, space is decreasing on a daily basis. To receive imports, airport facilities are working properly.
  • PAX flights have severely been reduced and some Airlines cancelled 100% of its calls in April.
  • Several Airlines’ services were canceled – which caused a huge backlog of cargoes waiting to be exported.
  • Prices of services have increased a lot, space is decreasing on a daily basis. To receive imports, airport facilities are working properly.
  • Working properly without big changes. Some small delays can happen but the release of cargo is still happening normally.
  • Additionally, there have been some small changes when dealing with customers, in order to avoid physical contact, but this is not affecting the customer service.
EXPECTED
  • Brazil has not reached the peak of contamination yet. If it so happens, most probably this lockdown will be extended until middle of May, or maybe until the end of the month.
  • Probably this situation may continue until the end of April. Airlines are trying to figure out how to manage this situation without being more affected.
  • Some airlines estimates they will be able to come back operating PAX flights on May but it will be followed in the coming weeks
  • Medical, pharma and PPE products used to avoid the spread of Covid are top priority on customs releases.
 CAMBODIA NOW
  • No lockdown currently. Most companies (50%) are working from home.
  • Fully operational, but a little bit slower
  • Fully operational, but a little bit slower
  • The scenario is similar with 50% of the staff working from home
EXPECTED
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 CAMEROON NOW
  • From 18th March, until new open  order.
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed.
  • Customs agents  are focusing on clearance of all commodities.
EXPECTED
 CHILE NOW
  • National lockdowns and local sanitary measures are set.
  • The ports are working normally
  • Container depots are working with less staff than usual, so the process is slower.
  • Shipping companies are working from home and documentation is processed online.
  • Customers have successfully removed their loads.
  • The international flights do not have a fixed itinerary anymore, so they need to be checked regularly.
  • Customs Clearance is working normally
  • Warehouses are working with limited schedule.
EXPECTED
  • Every week, the government establishes the regulation according to the pandemic situation
 COLOMBIA NOW
  • From 14th to 27th April
  • Buenaventura, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, are working normally, taking all the safety precautions for human resource working on all the process.
  • Bogota International Airport is only operating local flights for cargo shipments.
  • All passenger flights are cancelled.
  • Customs systems are working normally, since the main processes are done under government platform and all involved companies are able to work virtually.
EXPECTED
  • The lockdown could be extended depending on the evolution of the curve of infected, recovery of sick patients and deaths, as well as the increased capacity for immediate attention in clinics, with special equipments.
  • The lockdown could be extended depending on the evolution of curve of infected, recovery of sick patients and deaths.
  • The lockdown could be extended depending on the evolution of the curve of infected, recovery of sick patients and deaths.
  • The lockdown could be extended depending on the evolution of the curve of infected, recovery of sick patients and deaths.
 EGYPT NOW
  •  Lockdown until April 26.
  •  All ports are working normally
  • Only 4 airlines are active with limited destination for cargo freighters. Passenger freighters are completely shut down.
  •  Active with limited time and employee capacity
EXPECTED
  • No vision to extend or decline
  • No possibility of lockdown
  • No changes
  • Till now it is till end of April with no vision to extend or decline.
 FRANCE NOW
  • From 17th March to 13th April
  • Extended from 13th Apr to 11th May
  •  French ports are working
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed.
  • Due to limited staff, all the customs offices are focussing on the clearance of essential items (pharma and perishable).
  • They can still declare other products but delays are to be expected.
EXPECTED
  • For the moment, no more information after 11th May
  • Rates given shipment per shipment only
  • ***WARNING : INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM AIRLINES => RATES  ARE SUBJECT TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE CAPACITY AND PRICING CONDITIONS TO ACCESS CAPACITY***
 GERMANY NOW
  • From 20/03/2020 to 19/04/2020
  • Today it has been extended until 3rd of May.
  • Everyone from abroad who comes to Germany has to be under quarantine for 14 days before they are allowed to enter the country.
  • Most ports are working normally without any restriction, but few delays may happen due to less manpower
  • All German airports have been operating regularly throughout this period.
  • The only restriction is that some airlines don’t accept road feeder services from Frankfurt/Main to other national airports.
  • It’s very difficult to get space from China to Germany and the rates may increase. Furthermore it’s very difficult to get space from Germany to the US and to Oceania. Therefore these rates may also increased.
  • Almost normal, due to the digital process. Most of the officers are working from home and it’s even faster than before.
  • Only customs clearance of some medical equipment is sometimes difficult and takes additional time, especially for face masks, medical gloves etc.
EXPECTED
  • Partial lockdown: safety distance between persons 1.5m; not more than 2 persons in one group inside and outside; all shops, bars, restaurants are closed. Only supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals are opened. Limited entrance in stores, pharmacies and supermarkets.
  • On 15/04 the government  announced the first steps in undoing the coronavirus lockdown up to 4th May
  • Lack of empty containers, a few blank sailings. No other restrictions to be expected.
  • There are no restrictions to be expected and hopefully after the 4th of May the situation from China and to the US and Oceania will relax.
  • Import clearance seems to be working a bit faster, physical inspection of cargo by customs authorities is down to a minimum
 GREECE NOW
  • For the general public, the present end-of-lockdown date is 27/04.
  • Most offices operate with emergency staff and services are working remotely from home.
  • Operating normally, but operations take more time, due to the Covid protection measurements.
  • Flight suspensions until 15th May for the countries from/to; Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, Netherlands and Germany.
  • Only freighter aircrafts and Turkish Airlines are allowed due to lack of cargo and just limited freighters are coming in.
  • Operating normally, with some delays due to limited staff and Eastern (working in shifts):
  • Thessaloniki customs : Import from 08.00 till 13.00 & exports from 08.00 till 15.00.
  • Piraeus customs: Imports from 08.00 till 15.30 & exports from 08.00 till 15.30.
EXPECTED
  • Given that the cases aren’t tremendously high, there is no further information regarding extension. In fact, there is a preliminary government plan for a gradual restart as of 3rd May / 10th May
  • Vessel congestion & delays in vessels arrivals, berthings and departure.
  • No changes
  • No changes
 GUATEMALA NOW
  • From March 17th to April 19th.
  • Curfew from 16:00 hrs to 04:00 A.M.
  • Applied to civilians, not to transport of import and export cargo.
  • However, there is a big traffic restriction within Guatemala city, limited from 04:00 am to 9:00 am and from 14:00 to 16:00 pm
  • Operating normally with enhanced safety precautions
  • Passenger flights are suspended.
  • Cargo flights operating normally with enhance safety precautions.
  • Customs Clearance at ports continues operating normally with enhanced safety precautions.
  • Customs at airport and fiscal warehouse at Guatemala city are working with a special schedule.
EXPECTED
  • On sunday 19th, new actions will be annouced.
  • No expected changes
  • No expected changes
  • No expected changes
 INDIA NOW
  • From 24/03 to 14/04
  • Extended until 3rd May
  • Most of Indian ports are working.
  • Vessels arriving from infected areas are being subjected to 14 days quarantine.
  • Except for those activities that can be made online, there is a lack of manpower.
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed and, due to lack of cargo, just limited freighters are coming in.
  • Emirates will start operating its passenger flights as freighters.
  • Qatar has announced an enhanced passenger freighter schedule but the amount of cargo available is still uncertain.
  • Turkish Airlines has the maximum number of freighters in India.
  • Due to the limited staff, all the customs offices are focusing only on clearance of essential items (pharma and perishable); very few officials are reporting for duty; only the containers with factory stuffing permission or those containing emergency items are allowed to be cleared; and, even if the clearances are done, there is no transportation available.
  • The local administration is not permitting the staff to reach the ports, airports, CFSs or ICDs to carry out the clearance.
  • Export LCL consoles are deferred to later vessels
EXPECTED
  • Possible extension
  • The ports are expected to work with the government officials and the local police administrations to ensure that staff engaged in supply chain activities are given special permits and can report to duty.
  • The transportation embargo needs to be lifted, in order to be able to  get the freighters announced by the various airlines, since the air cargo complexes will not have the space to receive the cargo.
  • Airlines are also cancelling freighters because they do not have enough outbound cargo from India.
  • In order to improve this situation, the transportation embargo needs to be lifted
 IRELAND NOW
  • Working and travel restrictions in place until the 5th of May for all non-essential services
  • Transportation is classed as an essential service and remains fully operational
  • For further information, see list of essential services/businesses allowed to operate
  • All Major Ports and Ferry/Container Freight services continue to operate for cargo
  • Associated domestic Road Freight & Drayage services continue to operate as normal
  • Passenger flights have been significantly reduced affecting cargo capacity
  • Cargo flights continue to operate
  • Cargo into or out of Ireland can be routed via other European Airports by truck
  • Associated Road Freight services, including Express pickup & delivery, continue to operate as normal
  • Customs Clearance processes operating as normal
  • “Critical pharmaceutical products and medicines will be given a Customs ‘green routing’ to facilitate uninterrupted importation and supply” according to Department of Revenue (Irish Customs Authority) on 08/04/2020
EXPECTED
  • By the 5th of May it is expected Irish Government will announce either continuation or easing of current restrictions, along with an indication of what to expect in the near future
  • At present we expect Sea Ports, Sea Freight services and associated Drayage/Road Freight services to continue to operate as normal
  • We hope to have an update regarding cargo capacity after the 5th of May
  • If Travel restrictions are lifted or eased, flights may increase along with cargo capacity.
  • We expect associated Road Freight services, including Express pickup & delivery, to continue to operate as normal
  • At present we expect Customs Clearance processes to continue as normal
 ITALY NOW
  • March 9th, until May 3rd.
  • All Italian ports are operative. No specific handling is required due to Covid-19. After some strikes incurred, situation got to normality. Main problems come from vessels’ delays.
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed and, due to lack of cargo, just limited freighters are operating.
  • Rates are still high, and spaces limited.
  • Customs is operating as usual. The possible delays are caused by lack of workers, even if the average timing for arranging clearance is on standard.
EXPECTED
  • The government may open some activities before May 3rd.
  • The ports are expected to get more workers back to improve the operations. Government is supposed to provide a list of accepted and mandatory procedures to be followed during the workflow.
  • In order to get cargo and improve the situation, some airlines are partially operating by using their passenger flights as freighters. This reduces the waiting and makes tariffs slightly less expensive.
  • In order to improve this situation, some workers may get back to work. Possible delays may be caused by lack of trucking services which are missing due to lack of imports.
 KENYA NOW  No lockdown.
  • Mombasa port is working normally from 8.00 am to 3:00 pm
  • JKIA working hours are: 8.00 am to 3:00pm. Hours have been reduced due to the curfew at night from 7:00pm to 5:00 am.
  • Inbound passenger flights have been cancelled due to huge drop in cargo volume.
  • Export: Due to the absence of passenger flights and the drop in demand for flowers, very few carriers are landing at JKIA, and as a result, freight rates have skyrocketed.
  • Therefore, because of high rates, the volume of inbound cargo has been reduced tremendously.
  • Working normally but with time limitation from 8.00 am to 3:00 pm
EXPECTED Not expected.
 MALAYSIA NOW
  • From 14th April to 28th April.
  • Most of Malaysian ports are working.
  • Vessels arriving from infected areas are being subjected to 14 days quarantine.
  • Except for those activities that can be made online, there is a lack of manpower
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed and, due to lack of cargo, just limited freighters are coming in.
  • All passenger flights both inbound and outbound are not allowed.
  • Our customs offices work as normal from 8.30am until 8.30pm and are focusing  and priority for essential cargo. Those importers and exporters for non-essential must have approval from MITI.
EXPECTED
  • The government will consider for extension if the cases still increase by end of CMO.
  • The ports are expected to work with the government officials and the local police administrations to ensure that staff engaged in supply chain activities are given special permits and can report to duty.
  • The transportation embargo needs to be lifted, in order to be able to get the freighters announced by the various airlines, since the air cargo complexes will not have the space to receive the cargo.
  • Airlines are also cancelling freighters because they do not have enough outbound cargo from PEN & KUL.
  • In order to improve this situation, the transportation and the manufacture  sector requested to obtain approval from Government.
 MAURITIUS NOW
  • From 20th March till 15th April. It has been extended till 04th May.
  •  Mauritius’ ports are working. Suspected vessels are kept 14 days in quarantine, but most of the manpower is working from home.
  • Mauritian boundaries are closed due to lock down. There is no flight due to lockdown.
  • Work permit has been approved by the government for essential services. Due to shortage of staff , customs clearance is focusing on essential items.
EXPECTED
  • The government has extended the lockdown because the number of cases has increased. The government does not rule out a possible extension.
  • The government has issued work permit for essential services so that employees can report to duty. Sanitary precaution is being taken.There is assistance of police officers.
  • Possible extension is not ruled out by the government
  • Situation will be same until lockdown is over.
 MEXICO NOW
  • Government has declared a “contingency” period. All essential activities – such as logistics and transportation – must keep working on regular basis.
  • Many companies are working from home, while operations at ports & airports are operating with their respective protection recommendations.
  • Some non-essential industries have not stopped any activities, some of them have only reduced their operations by 50%.
  • Fully operational
  • Fully operational
  • Fully operational
EXPECTED
  • No changes,  keep working as usual.
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 OMAN NOW
  • From 15/03/2020 – complete lock down of capital (Muscat Area) partial lockdown in other parts of the governorates.
  • Only essential services will be allowed to function viz hospitals, pharmacy, foodstuff, cargo and logistics.
  • No lockdown – all sea ports are working normally with reduced work force – hence there are delays in cargo movements.
  • All Airports shut on 23/03/2020 for passenger flights including for domestic flights.  However cargo aircrafts are still operating.
  •  Normal  – with reduced work force
EXPECTED
  • Expected to continue until the end of April or may go up to 1st week of May.
  • As per the Ministry of Transport, sea ports will not be included in the lock down and therefore no hindrance is expected in cargo movements.
  • Current arrangements  will be maintained unless situation demands.
  • No lockdown
 PANAMA

NOW
  • Total quarantine indefinitely since March 24th, 2020.
  • The government has placed limited movement on several business sectors. The shipping industry is still able to operate as imports are needed for food and medical supplies.
 

  • Panama Maritime Authority has raised the level of protection of the ports from NP1 to NP2, but they are working normally.
  • Shipping companies are working in their home office, but their departures and arrivals remain problem-free.

 

  • Export:
    • Passenger flights are not allowed.
    • Only cargo flights such as DHL, UPS, AVIANCA, FEDEX, KLM are still in operation, but their schedules have been adjusted.
  • Import:
    • Only freighter aircraft are allowed, the operation and warehouse in the airport have reduced hours from 8:00 am to 15:00.
    • Arrangements must be made in advance
  • All the customs offices are working with few officers in reduced hours of 8:00 am to 15:00.
EXPECTED
  • The government will take the necessary measures depending on how things develop
  • There will be s reduction in demand and consequently, there will be adjustments to sailings on some of their services.
  • Some shipping companies will be implementing digital “Release”.
  • Some airlines could be closing their operation if they don’t have enough inbound and outbound cargo.
  • Passenger flights will be opening again on April 22nd until further notice
  • Customs will be implementing new payment services.
  • All special permits and approvals of entities will be processed by email.
 POLAND
NOW
  • Originally from March 13th till further notice. 
  • Some branches of businesses and some factories are closed. Some are working with limited staff (for example customs and port authorities) or are working online (like the shipping lines, forwarders). 
  • Ports are operating normally.
  • Import and Export cargoes are being delivered and loaded as usual.
  • Shipping lines are working with limited staff and they have reduced operation hours which could cause some delays for cargoes release.
  • Only cargo flights are authorized to operate but in very limited volume.
  • Passenger flights are not allowed.
  • Majority of cargo is going by road from hub airports in Germany.
  • Our customs is working with limited staff.
  • Delays may occur in customs procedures.
EXPECTED
  • Government will lift the lockdown but it’s not told when exactly – it will depend on the pandemic situation
  • It’s expected that business will be authorized to restart operations in 4 steps. We’re now at the 1st step. Some factories are starting work now.
  • In the next step, hotels and cultural institutions will start operating to be followed by catering shopping malls and other services.
  • Shipping lines prefer to release cargoes online.
  • Regular flights not operating yet as borders are closed till at least 3rd of May 2020.
  • Limited staff will be kept until further notice.
 PORTUGAL NOW
  • From March 24th until April 17th.
  • This week, it is expected to be extended until 3rd May.
  • Open for cargo only with some restrictions and some possible delays, but they are working normally.
  • Only opened for cargo with restrictions:
    • PAX very limited
    • Most cargo arrives and departs by truck.
    • Only freighter planes are operating.
    • Very difficult to find space for cargo.
    • Import unloading procedures for trucks can take up to 4 days.
  • Working normally with some restrictions, due to 50% of personnel working remotely.
  • Due to this limited staff, some delays can be expected.
  • Essential items have priority.
  • The local administration is not permitting the staff to reach the ports or airports.
  • Red channel inspections need special permits.
EXPECTED
  • The government does not rule out a possible extension, however they are in the process of studying reduction on the restrictive measures.
  • The government does not rule out a possible extension, however they in the process of studying reduction on the restrictive measures.
  • The government does not rule out a possible extension, however they in the process of studying reduction on the restrictive measures.
  • The government does not rule out a possible extension, however they in the process of studying reduction on the restrictive measures.
 RUSSIA NOW
  • March 16th, until April 30th
  • Service mostly by freighter aircrafts or road feeder service to European hubs. PRG airport handles only a few flights per day
  • There is a lack of customs officers due to current situation, so we have experienced some delays in customs process
EXPECTED
  • Government will ease lockdown gradually till June
  • Depends rather on the situation in the rest of the world
  • We expect situation will be back to normal within few weeks
 SAUDI ARABIA NOW
  • March 16th 2020 untill further information.
  • All Saudi Arabia sea ports are working.
  • Vessels arriving, berthing, discharging imports & loading exports.
  • Very limited imports & exports due to flights shortage.
  • Very limited imports & exports due to flights shortage.
  • Very limited staff of customs authorities.
  • Saudi customs system is supporting the clearing agents to do the procedures very smoothly either for import or export shipments.
EXPECTED
  • No official circular so far.
  • Expecting to minimize the working hours, and providing special permits for the staffs related to supply chain & stevedores activities.
  • The future situation is unclear, as it depends on assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the general  commercial and economic sector
  • It depends on government decisions.
 SLOVENIA NOW
  • March 20.03, until TBA
  • Rail freight traffic and road traffic (Despite certain limitations in neighbouring countries and on-road border crossings) are running normally.
  • To support the road sector, the Ministry of Infrastructure has suspended the limitation for truck traffic in Slovenia – vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of more than 7,500 kg can operate on Sundays and non-working days from 8 am to 9 pM.
  • The port remains fully operational.
  • The Port of Koper is fully operational despite various safety and protective measures. The border post control and customs authorities are working 24/7 and are ensuring safe traffic of goods.
  • The logistic route through the Port of Koper and through Slovenia is working reliably without disruptions.
  • The Government has banned passenger air traffic in Slovenia until 27th April, 2020.
  • The ban doesn’t apply to cargo traffic, special air transports without passengers and specific government flights.
  • Other possible exceptions will be carried out upon permission of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The customs authorities are working 24/7 and in compliance with safety measures are ensuring safe traffic of goods.
EXPECTED
  • TBA
 SOUTH
AFRICA
NOW
  • Currently under full lockdown.
  • Only essential Services/Business can open. We are considered an Essential Business, so we can open warehouses, for example.
  • However, the majority of staff are working from home and can function fully.
  • Only Essential Goods such food and medicines can be transported and delivered to consignees.
  • Sea ports are working, although at reduced capacity.
  • Airports are also functioning, but NO passenger flights arriving or leaving, only Freighters.
  • Very limited airfreight capacity into, and out of, South Africa.
  • Only Essential Goods such as food and medicine can be transported and delivered to consignees.
  • All other goods can be Customs cleared but have to be placed in storage, at a cost.
  • The Non-Essential goods cannot be delivered to, or collected from, consignees/shippers.
EXPECTED
  • This lockdown is expected to continue until the end of April.
  • It could be extended but there is no official word on that yet.
  • The above situation is expected to remain in place for the next two weeks.
  • After that, in May, some easing of restrictions is expected, but we will still have some sort of ‘shut down’ measures still in place.
  • The above situation is expected to remain in place for the next two weeks.
  • After that, in May, some easing of restrictions is expected, but we will still have some sort of ‘shut down’ measures still in place.
  • The above situation is expected to remain in place for the next two weeks.
  • After that, in May, some easing of restrictions is expected, but we will still have some sort of ‘shut down’ measures still in place.
 SOUTH KOREA NOW
  • No lockdown. Due to other countries’ lockdown policies, many people are working at home.
  • Fully operational
  • Fully operational
  • Fully operational
EXPECTED
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 SPAIN

NOW
  • Lockdown extended until May 9th.
  • Factories are open (essential & non essential).
  • Working from home when possible
  • Customs, ports, airports, road & rail transport are operating normally.
  • Customs, ports, airports, road & rail transport are operating normally.
  • Customs, ports, airports, road & rail transport are operating normally.
EXPECTED
  • The government has announced that this new lockdown extension will come with some ease in restrictions
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 SRI LANKA NOW
  • Still the situation is under control. Thanks to the forces and health officials who’re doing their best to eradicate this pandemic from Sri Lanka.
  • To promote public safety, the government has implemented new laws and regulations for the inbound sector.
  • The Colombo port is operating normally.
  • Airports have suspended transporting passengers until further notice. However, they’re operating to bring back citizens of Sri Lankan from other countries under the direct guidance of the President.
  • Imports are really limited.They have given the green light for essential items such as fuel and medicine etc.
EXPECTED
 SWEDEN NOW
  • No lockdowns.
  •  All ports are open, there is deficit of equipment for export, some feeders are cancelled. Operations as usual.
  •  All airports are open, very few direct lines from ARN/ GOT /MMX. Quite many shipments must go down to Franktfurt or Amsterdam
  •  All good, smooth operations as usual
EXPECTED
  • No changes. Authorities  just recommend to work from home if possible.
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 SWITZERLAND NOW
  • Until April 26.
  • Most passenger flights are cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • At the moment following airlines are flying to ZRH. QR / EK / SQ / TK / AF / KL / LH / AY / LX to PVG / PEK / EWR / NRT
  • RFS Service: CV / RU / LH / AF / KL and many more
  • Customs has limited staff.
  • Due to electronical submision of the declarations no delays are expected and all kind of goods can be customs cleared.
EXPECTED
  • Most factories are working as normal.
  • Sometimes late replies from our customers due to home office work or limited staff.
  • Delivery and pick up trucks are running normally
  • Normal working hours
 TAIWAN NOW
  • No lockdowns.
  • Normal situation
  • Normal situation
  • Limited route and space , import / export all OK.
EXPECTED
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • No changes
 THAILAND NOW
  • April 03rd to April 30th  or until further notice
  • Curfew: 10.00 PM – 04.00 AM
  • Normal processes at ports for import and export
  • Some borders are open
  • Thailand extends the period of ban on international flights to Thailand till 30th April.
  • Only freighter aircrafts are allowed and, due to lack of cargo, just limited freighters are coming in.
  • For export to Thailand they have limited flights.
  • Flights need to be checked case by case.
  • Working as normal process, but there might be some delays in booking and final BL, since  some carriers are working from home.
  • For export, Thailand Government has the control of priority goods, such as masks, hand sanitizers.
EXPECTED
  • Possible extension
  • No changes
  • No changes
  • It is highly advisable to book in advance
 THE
NETHERLANDS
NOW
  • Partial lockdown continues until  20th May. Schools and kinder gardens will reopen on May 11, for children below 12. High schools, sport clubs for kids below 12 and bewteen 12 and 18 (keeping the  the 1.5m distance) may reopen as well. Bars, restaurants, non-essencial shops remain closed. Festivals and soccer competitions are forbidden till September.
  • Businesses are running normally but workers are requested to home working when possible
  • Operational 24/7
  • Open for just freighters.
  • Operational 24/7, some warehouses are increasing the costs due to Covid-19 to keep the operation going as good as possible.
  • Airlines are not on schedule; all options are on request and subject to change.
  • Operational 24/07. Obviously it takes more time and delays are expected.
EXPECTED
  • A new decision will be made on 20th May
  • No changes
  • No changes reported until now.
  • No changes  are expected until April 28th, 2020.
 TUNISIA NOW
  • 20th March – 4th April. Extended to April 19
  • Suspended
Suspended
  • Suspended
EXPECTED
  • Government could extend the lockdown
 TURKEY NOW
  •  There is no lockdown dates for logistics.
  • Working normally
  • Working normally
  • Working normally
EXPECTED
  • Not expected during April
  • Not expected during April
  • Not expected during April
  • Not expected during April
 UAE NOW
  • Lockdown dates until 18th April on below terms:
    As per UAE government work permit is issued only for listed vital industries till 18th April with working hours from 8.00 am to 14.00 hrs.
  • From 8.00 am to 14.00 hrs
  • From 8.00 am to 14.00 hrs
  • If it can be made online – no issues.
  • If any custom inspection needs to be done, it has to be between 8.00 am to 14.00 hrs.
EXPECTED
  • The lockdown can be extended further
  • The lockdown can be extended further.
  • The lockdown can be extended further.
  • The lockdown can be extended further.
 UK NOW
  • Many companies are closed or have staff working from home. While organisations involved in essential supplies and support, such as freighting, are still working.
  • Most factories are still producing and exporting, while some importers have closed, so space for storage is now in high demand.
  • UK Ports are working normally.
  • Airports are working normally for cargo, but delays can be expected on getting cargo.
  • Most of the brokers are working as normal.
EXPECTED
  • The same scenario will continue for probably another month or more.
  • No changes.
  • More airlines are operating PAX as cargo flights, which should allow more capacity.
  • No changes.
 USA – GENERAL NOW
  • Dates vary by state. Most stay at home orders have been extended to April 30th.
  • All ports are operating normally. there are some slower response times, but overall  there are no real delays, things are moving at airports and seaports along with local trucking and warehouses too. Some ports have adjusted their schedules to accommodate CDC directive on social distancing.
  •  Other than very restricted carrier capacity, airports are not experiencing any delays in receiving or releasing goods. Some local truckers depending on the city have cut back service to and from the airports to only one morning and one evening run to collect and tender freight.
  • No issues
EXPECTED
  • In the worst hit cities the date might be extended to 2nd week of May.
  • In other less affected cities some form of normality will return by end of April for businesses.
  •  No change to current situation on moving containers to and from the ports or rail heads are anticipated.
  • Although no delays in tendering or collecting cargo at present, the truckers who have cut service should start to resume normal services by the end of April.
  • No issues
 USA – FLORIDA NOW
  • Until 30th April. No lockdown presently in Miami, Fl for Logistics / Transportation companies
  • Miami and Port Everglades Open
  • Miami International Airport open
  •  Working normally in Miami
EXPECTED
 USA – LOS
ANGELES
NOW
  • Los Angeles County Stay At Home order started on March 19th and is tentatively effective until May 15th, 2020
  • All Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals are operational and we are conducting business as usual with the exception of few cancelled shifts due to lack of volume
  • Airline Cargo Terminals are heavily congested due to current high demand of Air shipments. Truckers average waiting time is between 2-6 hours to pick up cargo.
  • There are some delays in release of shipments at exam warehouses.
  • Other than the exam delays, customs entry filings and releases are currently at full strength.
EXPECTED
  •  The Governor of California is expected to gradually lift the “Stay At Home” order soon.
  • Ports are expected to be fully operational as it was classified by the government as essential service.
  • Current congestion at Airline Cargo Terminals is expected to continue as importers are using air method to move urgent cargos especially PPE products
  • There are currently no foreseeable issues with customs clearance as most customs brokers are able to file entries remotely if they work from home.
 USA – NEW
YORK
NOW
  • Currently on “work-from-home” mandate.  Dates are uncertain.
  • All major US ports are operating.  Occasional 24 hr  shut-down due to positive virus report for dock-worker.  Reduced traffic.
  • Major airports operating with very limited traffic except for cargo.  Congestion at JFK due to high NY infections and personnel shortages.
  • No interruption.  Essential medical products being provided by expedited processing.
EXPECTED
  • Continued until pandemic abates.
  • Continued operations w/periodic interruption until pandemic is under control.
  • Continuing until pandemic is under control.
  • Continuing until pandemic is under control.

 

Lufthansa Cargo is closely cooperating with Brussels Airlines Cargo to complement their individual businesses

The mutual cooperation between the 2 companies would allow the Brussels Airlines Cargo customers to easily access the international route network of Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo has taken over the task of marketing of the cargo facilities of Brussels Airlines and customers are already able to book a shipment with a departure from 1st September onward. The collaboration is expected to reap a host of benefits foremost among which is the easy access of clients to more than 300 cities in over 100 countries which form a part of Lufthansa Cargo’s international route network.

As stated by Dorothea von Boxberg, “Thanks to the close cooperation between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo, our customers benefit from numerous new connections and destinations. We are very pleased that our worldwide network is thus becoming even more comprehensive and stronger,”


Customers of Lufthansa will now enjoy route networks in 15 new territories in various parts of Africa.

According to Reinout Puissant, Global Platform Manager of Brussels Airlines Cargo, “Our close cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo results in a real win-win situation for both companies and our customers. As Africa specialist, we add new destinations to the portfolio of Lufthansa Cargo and from a Brussels Airlines perspective, we can now make even better use of our freight capacity”.

Heavy oversized machineries shipment transported from Croatia to Thailand by CQR Bangkok

CQR Bangkok was recommended for this huge moving project by CQR Riga & Klaipeda

In March 2018, TAC carried out the smooth transportation of a huge and heavy machine which consisted of a long conveyor and large roller conveyor belts named ‘three roll calendar line’. The shipment was moved from the shippers factory in Croatia to the final destination in Thailand by making use of 7 containers consisting of 1×20’OP(IG), 3×40’OP(IG), and 3X40’FR (OOG). In order to prevent damage to the shipment while moving, it was thoroughly packed which ensured that the machine reached its destination without a single scratch.

In the words of Chanchai Tuwatnawanit, Seafreight Managing Director of Trans Air Cargo, “It was Ms. Maria Zhilyaeva from Conqueror Latvia who recommended our team to the client. We are extremely happy after the successful completion of this big moving project within a limited time among heavy snowfall and traffic congestion.” Mr. Tuwatnawanit has further added that “This project boosted the confidence of the entire TAC team who performed their task with dedication to ensure the successful delivery of this challenging shipment.

CQR member in San Jose has been awarded the BASC certificate

BASC is a global business alliance created to promote international trade in cooperation with governments and international organizations

 

SOCIACO, CQR member in San Jose, Costa Rica, has received the BASC certificate, a prestigious certificate which is subject to the achievement of the International Security Standards of World BASC Organization. The BASC is an international business alliance created to promote supply chain security in cooperation with government agencies and international organizations.

The BASC was created to address the problem of concealing contraband in commercial trade. As a voluntary program for business, with no government-imposed mandates, corporate participants are expected to follow BASC’s security standards which are designed to significantly improve their security practices and in the process deter contraband smugglers and terrorists from using their companies to introduce contraband and implements of terror in legitimate shipments. The BASC certification is presently operating in 13 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean – Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, and Venezuela.

In the words of Sergio Mora Campos, Business Development Coordinator of SOCIACO: “Our team is extremely delighted with the fact that our hard work has been duly rewarded. We hope our clients and network partners will now have increased confidence in our capability as one of the most secure logistics company in San Jose, Costa Rica”

Conqueror wants to congratulate CQR San Jose, Costa Rica, for receiving this prestigious certificate!

Conqueror partners with the International Smart Logistics & Supply Chain Congress APAC 2018

The event which will be held on the 20th and 21st of June in Singapore will be focussing on the development of smart logistics and supply chain in APAC

The International Smart Logistics & Supply Chain Congress APAC 2018 is the only international event focusing on “smart logistics and supply chain” development in APAC under the background of retail innovation, industry 4.0 and new technology revolution. With the theme of “Technologies, Empower and Supply Chain Transformation: Getting Digital, Automatic and Smart”, this conference is designed to explore the potentials of new technologies in logistics & supply chain transformation, and to share the best practices all around the world.

Some of the main focuses of this event are the new trends of the global smart logistics, retail revolution and its relation with smart logistics and supply chain, smart warehousing, last mile delivery, cross-border e-commerce logistics, 4PL, drones and smart cold chain. Representatives from some of the top players in the industry such as DHL, IBM, Ericsson etc. are some of the confirmed speakers for this year’s conference.

Conqueror encourages all its members to register for this premier event by clicking on this link: http://www.szwgroup.com/international-smart-logistics-and-supply-chain-congress-apac-2018

CQR Ahmedabad once more proves their worth by handling a break-bulk project cargo of 60 mt

Our member in Ahmedabad, India, moves a huge ball mill to Kandla port in Gujarat

Sea Freight Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd has successfully achieved the transportation of a break-bulk project cargo at Kandla port. The shipment which consisted of a 60 mt stone grinding machine was delivered by the use of 2 low bed axel vehicles with 150 mt load capacity.

The cargo was downloaded and uploaded with the help of an 80 mt vessel operated crane before being successfully transported to the Kandla port of Gujarat. In the words of Manoj Lakhwani, Sales Development Manager of Sea Freight Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd, “This has been a significant achievement by our team which would definitely encourage our partners to contact us for shipments requirements to or from Ahmedabad.”

All the best to Sea Freight Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd for their outstanding achievement!

CQR Antwerp take over the 50% of ATO terminal shares in port of Antwerp

CQR Antwerp successfully completes acquisition of the ATO terminal in partnership deal with NMBS LOGISTICS

VAN MOER LOGISTICS, Our CQR member in Antwerp, has taken the next step in its intermodal transport strategy with the purchasing of ATO terminal in the Port of Antwerp, in collaboration with NMBS LOGISTICS. The agreement between the two firms, announced last Friday, means that VAN MOER will takeover 50% of the terminal port.

The ATO terminal covers almost 175,000 square-metres and processes over 500,000 TEU’s per year along its ½ kilometre-long quay. With the arrival of VAN MOER LOGISTICS, this is sure to increase, while Belgian malt producer BOORMALT will be investing in additional production capacity at the 6th dock of the terminal.

VAN MOER’s barge service, iBarge, which operates daily calls at the Vilvoorde terminal, Umicore and Blue Gate, is now complete with the incorporation of the ATO terminal. Apart from servicing water-bound logistics, ATO will also function as a primary hub for the hinterland corridor.

Jo Van Moer, owner of VAN MOER, and Patrick Lecluyse, CEO, said “We are delighted with this partnership, which has allowed the synergies to reach their full potential and create the missing link in our intermodal strategy. We have found the perfect partner with Boormalt and are looking forward to their cooperation”.

We’d like to wish VAN MOER all the best with this impressive new venture!

Interview with CQR Tehran

“Freight Forwarders can create markets and demand, facilitating the trade cycle all over the world.’’

This week we have interviewed Mr. Farzad Saffarzadeh, CEO of Farasoobar Int’l Forwarder & Transportation Co, CQR Tehran, who talks about the journey of his company and about the advantages of operating from Iran.

1. What prompted you to venture into the freight forwarding industry?

A. Actually, I started freight forwarding with my elder brother who acquainted me with the alphabets of this business. From 2005 I organized my own setup under the Farasoobar Int’l Forwarder and Shipping Agency flag and have now been in this field for over 28 years. I have been able to explore and show my counter parts how freight forwarders have a very important role in the industry in each country and that it’s not a simple job of just selling freight. Freight Forwarders can create markets and demand, facilitating the trade cycle all over the world.

Q. Can you shed some light on the geographical importance of Iran?

A. We have an inherent advantage due to the Persian Gulf’s connection to CIS, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to the South Quafqas area and Russia. We have about 670 Km of the coastal border with the Caspian Sea in the North connecting the Bandar Anzali and Amirabad ports to Aktau, Turkmenbashi, and Astrakhan. On the south of Iran we have 1,770 km coastal border connecting the Oman Sea and the Persian Gulf. The unique location of the country makes all modes of transportation (air, sea, road or rail) possible.

Q. Tell us something about the rail network in your country.

A. Several rail projects are in the pipeline to upgrade and complete the current railway network infrastructure. Currently we can send shipments by rail from Bandar Abbas to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. There are also rail links up to Astara Iran and the Russia rail network is connected up to Astara Azerbaijan and hopefully in the near future the rail connection will be finished between Astara Iran and Azerbaijan. The South Quafqkas rail connection is now possible up to Yerevan and liner containers can be sent from European ports up to Yerevan and then by truck to Iran. We also have rail links to Europe through Turkey’s rail network via our western borders, this also can be connected to the CIS by changing wagons.

Q. Can you give us a concrete example of Iran’s route advantage?

A. Well.. When we ship containers from Bandar Abbas to Baku the trucker should drive about 2270 km, out of which 1944 km are in Iran. The same advantage exists for other destinations. The other advantage is that we move containers by the same trailers all the way to their final destination and return empty containers back to Bandar Abbas. This safeguards the goods against multiple loading/unloading in transhipment.

Q. Can you give me some examples of project cargo you have handled in the recent past?

A. Please see the following photos of some projects we have handled via Iran to CIS. The latest one consisted of two girders from Bandar Abbas to Baku.

Q. Is customs clearance in Iran normally done in the port for inland bound cargo or can it be done at the final destination, say Tehran?

A. Final customs clearing can be done either at the port of arrival or at any domestic inland destination as a bonded shipment, subject to the destination’s customs having the authority to accept the relevant goods.

CQR Manama/Bahrain ships mobile firearms range of 20 tons/174 cbm

CQR Manama/Bahrain has used its extensive experience in freights to ship a mobile firearms training range from Bahrein to Poland

CQR member in Manama/Bahrain, TAKHLEES SHIPPING AGENCIES, accomplished the task of transporting a mobile firearms training range from Bahrain to Gdansk, via Damam, in January this year.

 

An extremely professional and competent team was required for transporting the heavy range which weighed around 20,865.000 KGM/ 174 CBM. Takhlees Shipping successfully shipped the range from Bahrain to Damman by road from where a Bahri Shipping Line Vessel moved it to Poland.

Congratulations to the team!

CQR Stuttgart achieves a remarkable feat by moving oversized shred press

CQR Stuttgart ships three heavy lift pieces of more than 230 tons from Germany to Scotland

Emons Air & Sea, CQR member in Stuttgart, moved a dismantled shred press from Germany to Scotland at the end of August. The shred press consisted of three oversized heavy lift pieces of 92, 82.5 and 58 tons that had to be transported. Since the 3.90 m wide truck was carrying a total weight of 143.8 tons, a special road survey was required for the entire journey whose final destination was near Edinburgh.

Ever since the company was set up in 1928, Emons Air & Sea has stood for dependable and flexible services in the transport and logistics sector. Their professional team and their technological know-how has allowed them to accomplish this challenging shipment with ease

We congratulate CQR Stuttgart for completing the transport with utmost customer satisfaction and wish them the best to accomplish many more similar achievements in the future.