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7th February 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Based on the most recent information, as per local provincial government guidelines, please see the reported revised re-opening dates in the following areas:

Ningbo: February 17th; Hangzhou: February 17th; Tianjin: February 17th; Wuhan: On or after February 24th.

Operations

As advised previously, our offices have remained operational since the 3rd February and plan to fully open on the 10th except for: Ningbo, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan.

Shippers

Our Chinese offices have been in touch with over 700 major shippers in the last 48 hours, and almost 70% of them said that they currently intend to return to work at some point between the 10th and 14th February. This of course may be subject to change based on the local government guidelines.

Shipping Lines

All carriers have been operating since the 3rd February, with a combination of staff attending offices supported by workers accessing systems from home. Most are currently planning to resume normal working from the 10th February, although some carriers have now indicated that they will continue with the current policy of allowing staff to work from home up to the 17th February.

Impact on Services

The holidays in China always cause carriers to cancel sailings due to the downturn in volume. The extended holiday has now caused further sailings to be cancelled and weeks

6 and 7 will both see more than 55% of Asia to North Europe capacity withdrawn. The lack of ships leaving China also has an impact on shipments from South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent, as this cargo mainly tranships onto the China vessels at Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas and Colombo. We are consulting with all clients affected by the increasing number of cancelled sailings.

Ports & Terminals

With the exception of Wuhan, ports and terminals in China continue to operate normally.

Customs

China Customs officials officially reported for duty on the 3rd February and are fully operational.

Trucking in China

Trucking services in major Chinese cities are likely to be impacted by regulations that require drivers returning to work from other provinces to observe a 14-day isolation period at home. This is likely to affect the availability of transport throughout February.

Air Freight

The majority of international passenger flights have now been cancelled into and out of China. For example, Virgin have just announced the suspension of flights from PVG to LHR until the 29th of March. The few carriers still operating are applying Express or Must Ride rates, but capacity is very limited. Freighters are still operating but on reduced services and schedules are not fixed as limited cargo is waiting to fly. HKG capacity now being impacted, EK / EY / QR have all either suspended rf greatly reduced the number of scheduled flights. There are a small number of European connections still available into HKG but again, capacity is limited, and rates are increasing. We are in daily contact with our offices in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore and will update you with more information on Monday.

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