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GEODIS publishes regular coronavirus bulletin on logistics and traffic updates in Greater China

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the logistics sector in Greater China, GEODIS is providing the latest updates on land, sea and air operations. Through its coronavirus bulletin, stay up to date with the impacts of the ongoing situation in Greater China for inbound and outbound freight.

Read the full bulletin here
 

AN EXCERPT FROM THE 27 FEBRUARY UPDATE 
 

Freight Operations 
 
AIR FREIGHT:
  • Delta has decided to temporarily reduce the number of flights between the U.S. and Seoul-Incheon, South Korea (ICN) from 29 February through 30 April.
     
  • Lufthansa suspended their flights to and from China (mainland without Hong Kong) until 28 March 2020. Accordingly, the belly capacity of these flights will not be available for air cargo. However, flights to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKG) will basically continue to operate as scheduled, with only occasional single flight cancellations. Lufthansa Cargo plans to maintain connections to and from the Chinese mainland with cargo aircraft as long as possible. Please find their flight plan HERE.
     
  • Air France: All flights to/from Shanghai and Beijing have been suspended up to and including 28 March 2020. As from 29 March 2020, Air France and KLM will gradually resume operations to/from Shanghai and Beijing, alternating one daily flight to each destination. In this way, Shanghai and Beijing will be served daily from Europe, via Paris or Amsterdam, depending on the day of operation. A normal flight schedule should be resumed as from 13 April 2020.  
     
  • Qatar Airways: Has significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by a number of countries:
    • Flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are cancelled until 31 March 2020.
    • Flights to Hangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu are cancelled until 30 April 202.
       
OCEAN FREIGHT:
  • ONE management team have formed a special task force and activated their Business Continuity Plan, which structures their response to events impacted by the outbreak. The majority of ONE offices in China have reopened with staff available on-site. An updated list of office status is provided HERE
     
  • Cosco Shipping Lines HQ and all regional offices in China have fully resumed work, except Hubei area. For health and safety reasons, their anti-epidemic measures in all open offices in China have already been enhanced. In Hubei area, the company continuously provides services by telecommunications during this special period.
     
 
GEODIS Air Charter Services: China – Europe and AirDirect Mexico
 
We have established charter solutions to secure the capacity required by our customers for shipments between China & Europe. The next available flights with remaining capacity are:
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 28 February, arriving the same day. 
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 29 February 2020, arriving the same day.
  • Frankfurt to Shanghai with a scheduled departure on 8 March 2020, arriving on 10 March 2020. 
  • Shanghai to Frankfurt with a scheduled departure on 10 March 2020, arriving the same day.
  • GEODIS also provides a direct airfreight service from Hong Kong to Mexico. The scheduled flights will depart from Hong Kong on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2020.

Please reach out to your GEODIS contacts for more information.

 

GEODIS Rail Solution China - Europe
 
We are also setting up additional block train services between China and Europe to support the dispatch of urgent shipments. Our rail services between China and Europe are scheduled as follows:

Standard Solution:
  •  Xi’an to Hamburg or Duisburg, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 2 March 2020.
     
  • Chongqing to Duisburg LCL service with the first planned departure is on 27 February 2020.
     
  • Hamburg or Duisburg to Xi’an, via Malaszewice with approx. 18-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Duisburg to Chongqing LCL service with the first planned departure is on 29 March 2020.
     
Express Solution:
  • Xi’an to Hamburg via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first planned departure is on 4 March 2020.
     
  • Hamburg to Xi’an via Mukran with approx. 12-day transit time, terminal to terminal for FCL & LCL shipments. The first possible departure is on 16 March 2020.
For bookings and more information, please reach out to your GEODIS contacts.
 
Market Outlook:
According to market research conducted by several organizations, it is expected that container shipping lines could lose around USD 1.7 billion in revenue due to the coronavirus outbreak.  This will have consequences for ports and terminals.

Spot rates in container shipping markets have weakened substantially despite an increase in blank sailings by carriers, while the volume of idle capacity in the world box-ship fleet continues to grow. In a similar manner, airfreight rates for shipping goods in and out of China have soared, with companies facing two or three times the cost before the coronavirus outbreak forced airlines to cut routes. The price spike threatens to complicate efforts by companies to get their Asian supply chains moving again even as they deal with quarantines and other anti-virus measures that have slowed the restart of production at factories in China.

For the latest statistics on Coronavirus situation, please refer to the link HERE.

You can also find the latest of these bulletins on LinkedInTwitter or Facebook. Kindly note that additional access to these bulletins has been added to GEODIS' Intelligent Real-Time Information System (IRISas well.
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