Coronavirus: Supply chain update @ 6th Feb

February 6, 2020 6:27 pm

The extended CNY holidays have been rolled-out to the regions worst affected by the Coronavirus epidemic, the shipping lines announce the first Coronavirus-linked blanked sailings and finally, some good news for shippers.

In an effort to lessen the spread of the Coronavirus China’s government announced last week that it was extending the Lunar New Year holiday by three days, through last Sunday, for most of the country, and through to the 9th February in the areas hardest hit by the virus initially; Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Xiamen, and Qingdao.

More of the hardest hit regions have now been added to the extended 9th February closure, as listed at foot of post.

This further extension to the 9th February has been updated and now includes the following regions and provinces, with Hubei’s further extended to 17th February.

Extending the holiday is meant to limit the interaction of individuals in the work environment. But also means that production at factories and shipping operations at the ports will be interrupted for a week longer than usual.

As predicted in our last posting, Coronavirus-linked blanking has begun, with 2M, of which Maersk is a member with MSC, announcing cancellation of an additional two China-North Europe sailings in February. We have to anticipate that more will follow, if conditions do not improve.

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In better news 25 major coastal and river box ports, including Shanghai, have announced that they would waive storage charges for loaded containers during the extended holidays period from the 24th January to the 9th February

Our advice to shippers and customers is to review orders expected to be available for shipping during February and March and share the information with us, particularly for any urgent cargoes, at the earliest opportunity.

If appropriate, we can find alternative shipping methods, routes and even modes. As always, our team are on hand to support and will be in touch with clients should delays affect specific shipments.

If you have shipments pending in China, we would urge you to contact us without delay, so we can explore the best options to repatriate your cargo.

This is an evolving situation that we are monitoring closely and will update our advice, as developments occur.

Further holiday extension to the 9th February for:

  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Tianjin
  • Jiangsu
  • Guangdong
  • Fujian
  • Jiangxi
  • Shandong
  • Anhui
  • Zhejiang
  • Liaoning
  • Hubei (until 17 Feb)
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