Coronavirus latest and freight still moving
With the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring that Europe is now the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic and the G7 vowing to do ‘whatever is necessary to support the global economy, governments are imposing increasingly tough restrictions on travel to try and stem the spread of COVID-19.
Italy is subject to a national lockdown; India has closed its borders to all foreign visitors; and the US has suspended all flights to and from Europe, including the UK and Ireland.
France has further tightened restrictions on freedom of movement and across mainland Europe, land borders are closing, or subject to strict controls.
These measures will rapidly affect the movement of goods, via all modes, as well as the demand for goods from commercial and domestic customers.
Despite these challenges we have continued to move consignments to and from Asia, Europe and the United States. Talk to us now and our team will guide you through the best options and costs for your global shipments.
The air travel ban from Europe to the U.S will have a profound impact on the trans-Atlantic air cargo trade, as the airlines will reduce their belly-hold freight capacity as passenger demand recedes in the weeks and perhaps months to come.
East/West container movements are still affected by blank sailings, equipment shortages and port congestion, as well as unprecedented rate volatility and surcharges
Road and rail freight options are now constrained by border closures that are being applied across Europe
Air freight rates have rocketed as passenger and cargo flights around the world remain suspended or reduced and we may see similar measures further afield.
Across the UK and Asia we are monitoring ports and air ports for any change, along with news on carriers, and trucking companies, so that we can keep you informed of any significant developments in this ever-changing situation.
Our partner offices across Hong Kong, China, and Asia are working normally again and our UK staff are well and remain office based, operating as usual, for the time being,
We are keeping the global and local situation under continuous review.
We will share important developments and official announcements and continue to offer our clients the fullest of services,