Update Corona virus
Ports throughout mainland China is up and running, except Wuhan port. Carriers are accepting bookings. However, a majority of carriers have announced blank sailings. Most carrier staff are also working from home until at least Feb. 17, in some offices until the end of February. The capacity has reduced and therefore planning and forecasting volumes is important in order to secure space before expected peak in the beginning of – and throughout – March.
Airports are still operating in China and Hong Kong, except for Wuhan which was closed on Jan. 23. Airports are able to receive and process both import and export cargo, however air freight capacity is decreasing due to increased numbers of airlines cancelling flights to mainland China. Air rates import to China has increased a lot due to limited capacity. Rates out of China is expected to increase in the coming days and week.
Customers are advised to review and forecast their air freight needs (switch from sea into air and planned air shipments) for the coming weeks and get in touch with local Greencarrier office for planning purposes as soon as possible.
The first rail has departed from China, and most rail platforms are back to normal departures. Trains are also permitted to depart and arrive in all locations, except Hubei province, as well as transit through countries between China and Europe. The space on outbound train is expected to be low throughout February. Greencarrier however secured capacity to accommodate volumes for our clients throughout February and March. It is vital to get in touch with local Greencarrier office with bookings as soon as possible.
For the first mile leg, there is certain challenges, and we are in daily dialogue with all our suppliers, and are checking all options in order to send all cargo in time. For instance, we are now selling domestic FCL solution from Shanghai to main departure platforms as Chengdu and Xian, in order to prevent the bottleneck issue, we are facing from the lack of drivers.
As factories are closed as well until the end of the extended holiday period, we are expecting delays in production. Clients with production in China are therefore recommended to reach out to suppliers to understand production schedule and when cargo can be produced and ready for shipment. As soon as this has been done it is further recommended to assess when cargo is needed in destination. Greencarrier local offices are ready to assist and advise shipping solutions hence why we advise customers to reach out as soon as possible.
At Greencarrier group, we ensure the health and safety of all our employees and partners are a priority.
Greencarrier will continue to keep a close eye on the development and keep updating about the situation.
If you have any further questions or needs, we advise you to get in contact with your local Greencarrier office.