China COVID-19 Updates: September 19, 2022

The daily COVID infections have been steadily decreased in China over the past week. The National Health Commission (NHC) of China reported 147 new confirmed cases on Sunday (September 18th, 2022), including 92 which were locally transmitted. The new COVID cases were mainly reported in Sichuan province. As the latest COVID outbreak has been effectively controlled, the local authorities of Chengdu announced that public transport and companies will resume business after having been locked down for two weeks. However, a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours is required to take public transport or enter public venues. Beijing reported 0 local case yesterday (September 18th). Two COVID tests in three days are required for travelers from other cities, including one within 24 hours of arriving in Beijing.

Century is monitoring the situation closely and strives to provide our customers with the latest information. We have summarized the latest supply chain impacts as of September 19th, 2022, in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Qingdao, Ningbo, and Hong Kong, with details as follows:

Shenzhen

Shenzhen reported 0 local case yesterday (September 18th). Two negative nucleic acid test results issued within 48 hours are required to leave the city. Businesses are gradually resuming operations in the city as part of the tiered COVID-related restriction measures announced by the local government. The city is managing by a classification system with high-, medium-, and low-risk areas. Residents are required to stay at home in high-risk areas, while residents are not allowed to leave their residential communities in medium-risk areas. Residents are required to present a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours or proof of a test taken within 24 hours to enter public transport and indoor premises.

Century Office

Our local office has reopened. Most of the staff are working in the office with the provision of a negative nucleic acid test result from within the last 24 hours, while the rest are performing their usual duties remotely as per our Business Continuity Plan.

Ports

All terminals in Shenzhen and Nansha are operating as normal.

Warehouses

Warehouse services are operating as normal following the local requirements. A negative nucleic acid test result issued within the last 48 hours is required to enter and exit all warehouses in Shenzhen. All drivers, visitors and other external personnel must wear masks while entering the warehouse and must show the “health code” at the gate and “Proof of travel in the past 14 days”. People from high-risk or medium-risk areas are not allowed to access the warehouses.

Trucking

Trucking services have been fully restored in Shenzhen. All truck drivers need 48 hours of negative nucleic acid test results to enter Yantian BLP. Trucking services are restricted to/from areas in Jiangsu and Anhui considered medium or high-risk. The feasibility of delivery requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Shanghai

Shanghai reported 0 local case yesterday (September 18th). The city has extended the weekly COVID-19 test requirement until the end of October. To ensure the compliance of Shanghai COVID measures, the local government will conduct strict inspection of residents’ health codes in public venues. Residents are required to present a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 72 hours to access public venues and transport. Two PCR tests within 48 hours before departure are required for international arrivals, with the second test conducted within 24 hours of departure.

Century Office

Our Shanghai office has re-opened at 20% capacity from June 6th and gradually increased the capacity for on-site operations. Staff working remotely will remain reachable via VMS®, e-mail, and phone.

Ports

Container Truckers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours and 24 hours antigen testing results before entry or exit to the terminals.

Warehouses

Our warehouses in Shanghai have resumed operations. All personnel are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before entry to the CFS. All drivers, visitors and other external personnel must wear masks while entering the warehouse and must show the “health code” at the gate and “Proof of travel in the past 14 days”. People from high-risk or medium-risk areas are not allowed to access the warehouses.

Trucking

To leave and enter Shanghai, drivers are required to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours and a negative antigen test result within 24 hours. Our trucking capacity has largely returned to a normal level. Currently, trucking services are not available in epidemic-controlled areas. As transportation is restricted by various epidemic prevention policies, trucking fees in Shanghai have increased recently. Trucking services are restricted to/from areas in Jiangsu and Anhui considered medium or high-risk. The feasibility of delivery requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Qingdao

Qingdao city is following the overall health guidelines announced by the local government.

Century Office

Our local office is open and is operating as usual.

Ports

The terminals are operating as normal.

Warehouses

Our warehouses are receiving and dispatching cargo as usual. Health guidelines are in place to minimize physical contact and disinfect incoming cargo. All drivers, visitors and other external personnel must wear masks while entering the warehouse and must show the “health code” at the gate and “Proof of travel in the past 14 days”. People from high-risk or medium-risk areas are not allowed to access the warehouses.

Trucking

Trucking services are operating as usual. Trucking services are restricted to/from areas in Jiangsu and Anhui considered medium or high-risk. The feasibility of delivery requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Ningbo

Residents are required to conduct the weekly COVID-19 test in the city. As schools have been reopened since September, students are required to present a negative nucleic acid test result issued within the last 48 hours.

Century Office

Our local office is open and is operating as usual.

Ports

The terminals are operating as usual.

Warehouses

Truckers are required to provide their antigen test certificates and nucleic acid test reports issued within the last 24 hours. All drivers, visitors and other external personnel must wear masks while entering the warehouse and must show the “health code” at the gate and “Proof of travel in the past 14 days”. People from high-risk or medium-risk areas are not allowed to access the warehouses.

Trucking

To enter the Ningbo area, truckers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result that is issued within the last 24 hours, as well as their green health codes and travel codes. Trucking services are restricted to/from areas in Jiangsu and Anhui considered medium or high-risk. The feasibility of delivery requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong reported 7,322 infections yesterday (September 18th). There are news reports that the Hong Kong government is considering a ‘0+7’ policy, which would eliminate the hotel quarantine and only require those arriving in the city to undergo self-isolation for seven days if there is no rebound of daily COVID case in the community. Currently, Hong Kong is following the “3+4” arrangement, which includes 3 days of hotel quarantine and 4 days of self-isolation. Due to the shortage of designated quarantine hotels in China, the local government and China are negotiating a new quarantine scheme of “reverse quarantine”, allowing Hong Kong residents to quarantine in the city before they cross the border.

Century Office

Our local office is open with staff coming in on an A/B team schedule as part of our BCP plan. Our staff will either work in the office or work from home to perform their usual duties remotely.

Ports

The terminals are operating as normal.

Warehouses

For carriers entering the warehouse area, drivers are required to provide a 48-hour negative nucleic acid test report and a vaccination card which shows at least one dose of vaccine before gaining access. If the above certifications are not available, drivers are able to purchase self-examination kits from the warehouse and complete the rapid test on arrival, and negative test results must be registered before access is granted. Masks need to be mandatory put on covering the mouth and nose during the complete process of transportation in the warehouse.

Trucking

The cross-border (HK – CN) trucking services have partially resumed. Trucking services are restricted to/from areas in Jiangsu and Anhui considered medium or high-risk. The feasibility of cross-border delivery requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

In China, additional potential charges for trucking services may be incurred because of events such as detours and overtime costs if laden trucks cannot unload in the event the warehouse or destination is closed or working at reduced capacity. To ensure smooth trucking service, checking with all related parties regarding the COVID prevention requirements is necessary before arranging any pick-up and delivery.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and employ the most proactive approach to ensure operations and service excellence. Changes (if any) to your shipments will be communicated via VMS®. Should you require additional information or support, please don’t hesitate to contact your Century Account Manager.

 

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