Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation as of July 28, 2020

Century is closely monitoring the developments and impacts of the COVID-19 Virus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees at all our global offices. With the WHO declaring the current outbreak as a pandemic, we have updated this page to provide a global view, with more detailed information for specific regions based on the severity of the impact to the supply chains. As the situation continues to evolve daily, we will continue to report on the latest updates and any impacts on operations.

Key changes to the situation are as follows:

Please note that we have updated the structure of this page to present the information by region – North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. A visualization of our assessment of the port and airport situations throughout North America, LATAM, Europe, Asia, as well as the operating status of our warehouses throughout the region has been included. Latest updates for China will be included under Asia, with a separate link provided for more detailed information, including ongoing government measures relevant to supply chain.

  • In Canada, as of July 28th, 2020, the provincial government of British Columbia has extended the state of emergency through August 4th. The province is taking a phased approach to reopening and has allowed non-essential travels within the province.
  • As of July 28th, 2020, Israel’s airport authority has extended flight restrictions until September 1st. Foreign nationals will be denied entry to the country and Israelis will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon their return. Individuals with special reasons approved by the Population and Immigration Authority may enter Israel but will also need to go through a 14-day quarantine.
  • On July 27th, 2020, the Hong Kong government further tightened the social distancing rules due to the spike in local coronavirus infections. Effective from July 29th to August 5th, face coverings will be required in all public places and gatherings of more than two people will be prohibited. In addition, entertainment venues and sport centers must remain shut during this period. Our local office is leveraging our BCP to prioritize the safety of our staff while ensuring smooth operations. At least 80% of operations team will remain working at the office while other teams are working from home.
  • With effect from July 29th, Hong Kong will ban all crew changes for passenger vessels and good vessels “until the local epidemic situation is contained”. Exemptions will be made for vessels with freight destined for Hong Kong. However, those crewmembers will not be allowed to mingle in public and must go directly to the airport or stay in a designated quarantine venue. Our local team confirms that there has been no impact to vessel schedules or carrier operation. Please continue to check your shipments via VMS® and reach out to your Account Manager for inquiries or support.
  • The state of West Bengal in eastern India has imposed a bi-weekly lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. A complete statewide lockdown will be implemented for two days every week and all non-essential businesses must stay closed during the lockdown. The next lockdown is scheduled on July 29th, and flights and other public transports will be suspended on that day.
  • On July 24th, 2020, India’s General of Civil Aviation extended restrictions on domestic flights for three more months through November 24th. Airlines on domestic routes must follow health guidelines and operate at 45% capacity.
  • On July 27th, 2020, the province of Punjab in Pakistan has imposed a 9-day lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. All businesses except grocery stores and pharmacies must stay closed during the lockdown period through August 5th.
  • As of July 28th, 2020, Pakistan has extended the permission for international flights to operate until August 31st. However, landing at Turbat and Gwadar Airports has been banned. Likewise, domestic flights can continue to operate between Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta Airports through airports through August 31st.

Global Origin Operating Status

Our global teams continue to update shipment statuses through VMS®, and will keep you posted accordingly should there be any impact to the movement of your cargo. If you have any questions or require additional information at any time, please reach out to your Account Manager.

In light of the global spread of COVID-19, some Century’s teams based in the US, Europe, South America, and parts of Asia will be working from home as a precautionary measure until further notice. In order to maintain normal operation and communication, Century has successfully run a BCP test and made sure that all of our employees are equipped with necessary tools to perform their duties remotely. While all channels of communication with your support teams remain open, please contact your Account Manager should you require additional information or assistance.

Please see below key supply chain impacts by region.


North America

The United States and Canada have agreed to keep their shared borders shut for another 30 days through August 21st. Non-essential travel between the two countries will remain restricted. Both countries previously confirmed that commercial activities and trade would not be affected by the border closure.

Similarly, the United States border with Mexico will also remain closed through August 21st, extending the ban on non-essential travel between the two countries for another month. However, essential travel such as traveling for medical purposes, attending school, or engaging in trade is still permitted. Relevant authorities have confirmed that commercial commerce and trade will not be affected.

Please refer to the below visualization of Century’s assessment of the situation at the various ports throughout North America, as well as the operating status of each of our warehouses in the region.


Canada

Since March, 2020, Canada has shut its border to control the spread of the coronavirus. Only Canadian citizens, permanent citizens and individuals granted permission will be able to enter the country. U.S. citizens who are eligible to visit Canada must be immediate family members of Canadians and quarantine themselves upon arrival for 14 days.

In Canada, as of July 28th, 2020, the provincial government of British Columbia has extended the state of emergency through August 4th. At the same time, British Columbia is transitioning into Phase 3 of its restart plan and will allow non-essential travel within the province as well as reopening hotels, the film and television industry, and some entertainment venues like movie theaters. As of July 14th, 2020, the Ontario government of Canada has extended its state of emergency through July 22nd. In view of the stabilized situation, the local government has removed some restrictions on indoor sports and recreational facilities, allowing them to reopen under public health guidelines.

Air Cargo: With the improved situation, Air Canada has gradually resumed flights since May, 2020.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Trucking: As of June 18th, 2020, our local staff in North America has confirmed that there is no significant impact to supply chain operation at the moment.


United States of America

As of June 18th, 2020, most states in the U.S. have lifted the “Stay-at-home” order and started re-opening, with the exception of Tennessee and Oregon, where regional lockdown is still in place. States that have re-opened are taking a phased approach and will require businesses to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

As new coronavirus cases hit another single-day record in the United States, some states are delaying further phases of reopening businesses. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a paused and issued an order to postpone elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also indicated that his state has no plan of continuing its reopening. The temporary pause does not reverse any of the reopening phases and shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, and businesses that were permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate.

Century Office: Century staff located in our headquarter in Richmond, Virginia, will continue to work from home under our BCP and gradually return to office from late June.

Ports:

  • The United States allows vessels that have passed through Chinese ports in the last 14 days into ports provided that the crew are healthy. However, crew members having visited major virus-impacted countries must stay on the vessels until they have been fully vetted.
  • Due to recent impact of COVID-19 and low cargo volumes, some terminals in the United States are subject to gate closure based on the weekly volumes. These include Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company, Port of Baltimore Container Terminal, Port of Long Beach Pier A, and Port of Los Angeles APM Terminal. Various terminals will also be closed for Good Friday on April 10th.
  • At Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in California, ports are only allowing carriers to bring back empty containers on specific days or time slots. On top of this restriction, carriers need to have a dual transaction, meaning they must have a pickup appointment for another container in order to drop off an empty. This is causing a backup in returning empties, which has led to additional chassis rental days.

Trucking:

  • The US-Canada border closures have been extended through July 21st, 2020 as both countries continue to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions ban any nonessential travel between the two countries, tourist and cross-border visits will be prohibited. However, the flow of trade and commerce will continue to be exempted.
  • The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the hours of service emergency declaration through July 14th, which applies to drivers in all 50 states who are transporting emergency supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Spot rates for domestic trucking in the US have climbed significantly, as retailers race to restock shelves amidst consumer panic buying. The Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI) is at just over 12,483, which is the highest point in its 3-year history.
  • Spot rates for domestic trucking in the US have climbed significantly, as retailers race to restock shelves amidst consumer panic buying. The Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI) is at just over 12,483, which is the highest point in its 3-year history.

Customs/ CFS/ Carriers:  As of June 18th, 2020, our local staff in North America has confirmed that there is no significant impact to operation at the moment.

Other Information: 

  • Per an executive order signed by President Trump in order to provide some relief for the challenges posed by COVID-19, some U.S importers will be able to defer payments for goods imported in March and April, Sstarting from April 20th, 2020, for 90 days. This will apply only to those importers that have been severely impacted by the pandemic situation. It is expected that customs brokers will be working with importers to determine eligibility. the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will allow U.S. importers of certain goods to postpone payments of duties, taxes, and fees in light of the current COVID-19 situation.
  • To keep trade flows open in the global fight against COVID-19, port authorities in 20 counties from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America have signed an agreement. The declaration was first initiated by Singapore and calls for port authorities to collaborate and work together to ensure that port operations can remain undisrupted for safe handling of cargoes and keep the global supply chain going.
  • On March 26th, 2020, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) released a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB Number: 09-20) that discussed the agency’s position on vessel inspections, exams, and documentation during the coronavirus pandemic. The notice refines USCG rules for vessels inspections calling for US ports. https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/MSIB%2009-20.pdf
  • On March 30th, 2020, the OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) issued a press release highlighting the importance of imports being pulled off terminals and unloaded in order to protect maritime and inland network fluidity. Keeping distributions centers and warehouses open and turning intermodal equipment is essential in this effort.
  • The Port of Seattle will provide rent relief for tenants and customers throughout its maritime and landside properties, including office, retail, and restaurants, along with recreational and commercial moorage. For businesses impacted by COVID-19, their rent payments and other port fees from April through July will be deferred for four months. As for vessel moorage customers, the Port will defer moorage payments and other fees from April through June for three months.
  • As stated on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, at the moment, “there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods,” so the concern for anything shipped from overseas is low thus far. But with goods shipped domestically, the CDC website says that the coronavirus can “remain viable for hours to days on surfaces from a variety of materials.”

Latin America

Please refer to the below visualization of Century’s assessment of the situation at the various ports throughout Latin America, as well as the operating status of each of our warehouses in the region.


Argentina 

As of July 18th, COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Argentina have eased. The lifting of restrictions consists of a six-stage plan with the first stage lasting until August 2nd. In capital Buenos Aires, which has been under the tightest restrictions in the country since March 20th, the government has allowed some businesses to re-open while existing bans on schools will remain in place. Public transportation will continue to operate with reduced service to contain the virus.

Air Cargo: As of April 29th, 2020, Argentina has extended the ban on all commercial passenger flights through September 1st.


Brazil 

From May 2020, most businesses in Brazil have resumed operations after the government outlined reopening plans for the country.

On June 30th, 2020, the Brazilian government extended the decree banning foreigners from entering the country by an additional 30 days through July 29th. The ban applies to entry by land, air or sea. Exemptions will be made for Brazilian citizens, permanent residents of Brazil, and people holding special permits or traveling to Brazil for essential purposes.

Century’s Office: Our local office remains operational.

Air Cargo:

  • Travelers by air are required to arrive at the following international airports: São Paulo International Airport, Tom Jobim International Airport, Viracopos International Airport, or Brasília International Airport. Travelers are also required to present a medical declaration form upon arrival, proving that they have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • As of June 19th, our local staff reported that air freights are quoted on a case-by-case basis only.

CarriersDue to the decrease in commercial activities, many carriers, especially those from China, are regularly blank sailing.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Trucking: As of June 19th, our staff has confirmed that there is no impact on operation at the moment.


Chile

As of June 19th, 2020, Chile has extended the state of catastrophe by 90 days through September. The state of catastrophe will give the government powers to control the movement of the public and ensure food supplies and essential services.

As of June 16th, 2020, the Chile has further tightened the lockdown measures for the country’s capital Santiago and its surrounding areas. Residents of Santiago are only allowed to leave their home twice a week for essential purposes, instead of five times a week.

In addition, the Chilean government added that the nationwide curfew from 10 pm to 5 am the next morning will remain in force.

Century’s Office: Our local office is working remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios.

Air Cargo: As of June 17th, 2020, our staff has reported that the current air freight capacity is constrained in Chile and there is a cargo capacity reduction in different trade lane due to cancellation of flights.

Ports / Customs: There is no impact to or restrictions on ocean port, customs, and container depots.

CFS/ Carriers/ Trucking: As of June 17th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to operation at the moment.


El Salvador 

The government of El Salvador has further delayed the second phase of reopening the economy and easing COVID-19 restrictions until further notice, following a continued rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections. The second phase had previously been postponed and initially set to begin on July 7th and would allow public transportation, business services, manufacturers, and some industries and restaurants to reopen. The El Salvador International Airport (SAL) is reportedly set to reopen to commercial flights, including international flights, on August 18th. The airport is currently open only for cargo and humanitarian flights.

Air Cargo: The flow of air cargo has been impacted as cargo space is tight, impacting rates.

Ports: Due to government restrictions, only essential products are allowed for dispatch and general cargo is under storage. The disposal caused to exceed the storage capacity in port.


Guatemala

As of June 9th, 2020, COVID-19 cases are indicating a sharp increase, fueled in part by return of un-tested migrants and due to the rate of increase, the government has extended the partial lockdown into a fourth month.

Meanwhile, the disease is hitting some of Guatemala’s main export industries, notably textiles and apparel.

Air Cargo: Due to government restrictions, only essential products are allowed for dispatch, general cargo is under storage. The disposal caused to exceed the storage capacity in port.

CFS / Carriers / Trucking: Due to the partial lockdown, most businesses are closed, and workers are working from home which is affecting billing and cargo release being delayed. The new restrictions are also halting vehicle circulation and only allowing essential products to be exempt.


Honduras

As of June 8th, 2020, Honduras has begun gradually re-opening its economy after almost 3 months of paralysis during the coronavirus pandemic.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.

Air Cargo: Aircrafts are allowed to operate for import/ export and space is subject to availability and higher airfreight rates.

Carriers: Our staff has reported that there have been delayed vessels from Crowley Line, but with the improved situation, delay issues will likely be resolved soon.

Ports / Customs / CFS / Trucking: As of June 19th, our staff has confirmed that there is no impact on operation at the moment. 


Mexico 

On May 20th, 2020, the mayor of Mexico City announced plans to begin gradual reopening on June 1st, 2020. Some sectors of the economy would be allowed to resume operations at the start of June like bicycle sales and beer production, but social distancing measures would continue to be implemented through June 15th. Currently, Mexico has eased the nationwide lockdown and the federal government has approved some industries to return to work, including construction, mining, and automotive manufacturing.

Air Cargo: There are currently no restrictions, but space is limited as only limited flights are operating.

Ports: Our local staff in Mexico has reported that terminal companies at Mexico sea port terminals including Altamira, Veracruz, and Manzanillo are operating with limited manpower and reduced hours of service. Although the ports are still open for navigation, operations are very slow due to labor shortage. Air cargo space is limited as only limited flights are operating.


Peru

Peru has extended the state of emergency through July 31st, with easing COVID-19 restrictions. As of July 1st, the government has lifted restrictive quarantine and curfew measures in all but 7 regions of the country. While the all-day curfew on Sundays has been lifted for most of the country, the mandatory nightly curfew will continue to be in place but has been reduced to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. For Ancash, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, Tumbes, and the Ucayali region, quarantine measures including the all-day Sunday curfew and the mandatory nightly curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. International borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, except repatriation flights.

Since June 5th, 2020, Peru has entered the second phase of reactivation of economy, allowing businesses engaged in agriculture, mining, manufacture, commerce, construction and services to submit application for re-opening.

Century Office: Century’s Peru office is working remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios.

Air Cargo: As of June 17th, 2020, all international commercial flights to the Peru have been cancelled. Currently, only cargo flights are allowed to land in Lima airport. Reception of cargo are 24 hours at airport terminals but freight forwarders request that truckers must arrive at the airport terminal by 1 pm local time for documentation and delivery.

Ports/ Trucking: As of June 17th, 2020, our local staff reported that there is no significant impact to operation.

Customs: Authorities have requested all operators to virtually process cargo clearance in effort to minimize the risks of COVID-19.

CFS: Terminals have reduced services hours to 9 am – 3 pm, from Monday to Friday and 9 am to noon on Saturday.

Carriers: All carriers have implemented measures to digitalize operation as a precaution.


Europe

Countries and territories across the world have imposed travel restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic. The European Commission has recommended the lifting of restrictions on non-essential travel across the European Union’s external borders beginning July 1st. From July, European Union will open its external border to visitors from the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Please refer to the below visualization of Century’s assessment of the situation at the various ports throughout Europe, as well as the operating status of each of our warehouses in the region.


France

All of mainland France to go into a ‘green zone’ lower state of alert, allowing cafes and restaurants to fully reopen.

As of June 15th, 2020, France has reopened its borders to the European Union and Schengen countries. A voluntary quarantine will be requested for travelers from countries that have imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine, including the United Kingdom. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel.

Air Cargo:

  • After being closed for 3 Months, Paris’s Orly Airport reopens on June 26th, 2020. Service is resuming on a limited scale, serving only around 25 destinations via 70 takeoffs and landings daily, compared with 600 before the pandemic.
  • Due to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve once non-essential traveling into and outside non-EU countries are lifted and resume from July 1st.

Germany

Germany has reimposed lockdown restrictions on two districts of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia after a surge in coronavirus cases connected to the country’s meat-processing industry. Residents in Guetersloh and Warendorf districts will follow measures first introduced in March, and schools and kindergarten, cinemas, museums, and gyms will be closed.

On June 11th, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas announced an easing of restrictions on non-essential traveling between Schengen countries. Border control lifted with neighboring states and only random checks remain in place. Furthermore, tourism is welcomed, adhering to the local set precautions.

All restaurants and shops can be reopened as lockdown restrictions are eased. Each state will take control of rolling out the new practices and will operate an “emergency brake” if there is a new surge in infections. Minimum social distance and hygiene rules would continue to apply, and the contact restrictions would remain in force until June 29th.

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will offer an interest-free deferral of rents and fees for companies in the port sector. Rent and other related payments from April to June will be deferred for three months, to December 31, 2020. HPA’s tenants, maritime shipping companies, island shipping companies, and port barge operators will be eligible to apply for deferrals.

Air Cargo: Due to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve once non-essential traveling into and outside non-EU countries are lifted and resume.


Italy

Lockdown has ended with restrictions loosened up and tourism welcomed. Measures such as avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks, and keeping at least 1-meter distance are still compulsory.

Our local office has confirmed that there is no impact on ports and CFS operations.

Air Cargo: Due to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve once non-essential traveling into and outside non-EU countries are lifted and resumes. Few airlines are starting to resume services for passenger flights.

Carriers: Carriers are generally beginning to blank sailing from the Far East to Europe.


Netherlands

As of June 1st, non-essential businesses such as bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen with precautions. From June 15th, border controls with neighboring countries have been lifted and air travel to and from Schengen countries has resumed.

Our local office has confirmed that there are no impact on ports, CFS, Carrier, and Trucking operations.

Air Cargo: Due to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve once non-essential traveling into and outside non-EU countries are lifted and resume.


Poland

As of May 28th, 2020, our staff in Poland continue to work remotely under our BCP plans. Ports and carriers are maintaining normal operations but seeing some blank sailings in exports from time to time. Borders with EU countries have been reopened. Trucking and warehouse services are operating normally with safety precautions. Further, air and sea freight rates have inflated.


Portugal

Portuguese authorities have extended the partial restrictions in place in the Metropolitan area of Lisbon through July 31st due to the rise in new COVID-19 cases. Nineteen of the city’s 24 districts will remain under a partial lockdown and residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for work and essential purposes such as the purchase of food. Gatherings in these areas are limited to five people, compared with ten in the Lisbon area and 20 in the rest of Portugal.

On July 1st, 2020, the shared borders between Spain and Portugal were officially re-opened after a three-month closure.

Century’s Office: 50% of staff are working from home.

Air CargoFrom July 1st onward, continental, and intercontinental services are expected to commence with a certain capacity.

Ports / CFS / Trucking: Due to the strike at Port Of Lisbon that took place in May, the overall port productivity was slightly impacted. Our staff confirmed that while carrier schedules have been slightly impacted, trucking and warehouse services are working at a normal level.

Carriers: Vessels are mainly on schedule with small delays.


Spain

As of June 21st, 2020, Spain has reopened the country’s borders for all European Union and Schengen Zone countries. The border with Portugal will however remain closed until July 1st.

On July 1st, 2020, the shared borders between Spain and Portugal were officially re-opened after a three-month closure.

Our local office has confirmed that there is no impact on ports, CFS, and Trucking operations.

Air CargoDue to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve from July 1st when the ban on international travel is lifted and more capacity is expected. Currently, there is congestion at Madrid airport on air cargo handling at the terminal due to staff capacity issues.

Carrier: Some of the major carriers have announced blank sailings on the Far East services that will last until the end of July due to the reduction of tonnage capacity. Other services are not affected but, in some cases, especially small carriers, there is a lack of equipment.

Trucking: On June 4th, the Spanish government backtracked on its Tourism Minister’s claim that the restrictions to border-crossing with France and Portugal would be lifted from June 22nd. The government issued a statement, clarifying that the planned re-opening date to international visitors remains July 1st.


Turkey

Lockdown has ended and businesses are reopening while adhering to social distancing measures and health precautions like wearing masks.

Our local office has confirmed that there is no impact on ports, CFS, Carrier, and Trucking operations.

Century’s Office: Office is opened under strict health conditions and safety measures.

Air Cargo: Service is still stopped or very limited although Turkish Airlines announced to restart services to the United States and looking into continental flights from mid-June.


United Kingdom

As of June 1st, 2020, the UK government has further eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.  Primary schools have been allowed to re-open and residents can now gather in groups of up to six, while social distancing measures remain in place. All non-essential retail will be allowed to re-open from June 15th, 2020.  However, from June 8th, 2020, all new arrivals to the UK will need to provide an address where they will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.  Road haulage and freight workers, medical officials traveling to support the fight against COVID-19, those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man, as well as seasonal agricultural workers (provided that they will self-isolate once arriving at the location of their work), are exempt.

Century’s Office: Staff in our local office will be working from home following the government’s suggestions.

Air Cargo: Due to restrictions on non-essential air traveling, cargo space is tight, impacting rates. This may gradually improve once non-essential traveling into and outside non-EU countries are lifted and resume from July 1st. As the UK has kept the 14-days quarantine, it is not expected capacity on cargo space will increase soon.

Ports: Ports are currently working at normal capacity. However, we do expect over the coming weeks that with reduced labor, operations may slow down, thereby increasing the average discharge times of containers from vessels. Port agencies such as Port Health & Customs are also likely to be impacted, delaying cargoes that require additional checks.

CFS: Warehouses have reduced staffing levels in line with Government regulations to maintain safe distance between individuals. Most are operating but are slower than normal.

Carriers: Currently carrier schedules are being maintained although some liners (Maersk/CMA) are starting to blank sail Far East to Europe due to reduced volumes.

Trucking: Domestically, trucks are running as normal and rates remain consistent with pre-COVID-19 levels.


Middle East

Egypt 

Century Office: Most staff are working from home activating our BCP, with some skeleton staff going to the office on a rotating basis.

Air Cargo: Egypt is expected to reopen all its airports for scheduled international flights from July 1st, 2020, following an announcement made by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister.

Ports/ Trucking/ CFS/ Customs/ Carriers: As of June 16th, 2020, our local confirm that there is no significant impact to operation at the moment.


Israel

In late May, the Israeli Prime Minister stated that his administration would not be implementing another “full lockdown” as businesses have gradually reopened.

Century Office: As of May 28th, 2020, our staff in Israel continue to work from home, leveraging our BCP for such scenarios.

Air Cargo: As of July 28th, 2020, Israel’s airport authority has extended flight restrictions until September 1st. Foreign nationals will be denied entry to the country and Israelis will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon their return. Individuals with special reasons approved by the Population and Immigration Authority may enter Israel but will also need to go through a 14-day quarantine.

Our local staff has reported that there is no impact to the ports, trucking services, warehouses and carriers schedules at the moment. However, there is a significant slowdown of air cargoes.


Oman

The Supreme Committee in Oman has extended the ongoing lockdown in Dhofar Governorate and Wilayat Masirah until further notice due to the rise in new COVID-19 cases. The Omani government has also decided to allow its citizens and residents to fly out of the country if they register with authorities and quarantine upon their return.

As of June 24th, 2020, Oman has reopened malls, and some businesses and industrial activities as the country eased coronavirus restrictions.

Century Office: Our office remains operation with skeleton staff reporting on a rotating basis.

Ports/ Customs: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has reported that ports and customs are working as usual with some procedures shifted to offline in order to minimize human contacts.

Carriers: Carriers are working with skeleton staff.

Air Cargo: As of June 16th, 2020, only essential and cargo flights are allowed to operate.

CFS/ Trucking: As of June 16th, 2020, there is no significant impact to operation at the moment.


United Arab Emirates

From early June, most businesses in Dubai, including workplaces and recreational venues, have reopened under government health guidelines.

Dubai has eased travel restrictions and will reopen its borders to welcome international tourists from July 7th under the new air travel protocols announced by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. Under the new directive, all visitors will need to have valid health insurance and required to present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result within the past four days or undergo a mandatory PCR test at the airport.

Century Office: Our office remains operation with skeleton staff reporting on a rotating basis and the remainder working from home under our BCP.

Air Cargo: Air carriers have gradually resumed operation with safety measures in place.

Ports / Customs / Trucking / CFS: As of June 16th, 2020, our local team has confirmed that there is no impact to port, transportation, carrier, and warehouse at the moment.


Asia Pacific

Please refer to the below visualization of Century’s assessment of the situation at the various ports throughout Asia Pacific, as well as the operating status of each of our warehouses in the region.


Australia 

Effective from March 20th 9 p.m., Australia has closed the country’s border to all non-Australian nationals, in effort to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. Only essential services remain operating and freight and logistics are considered as essential.

Century Office: Our local office is working remotely from home under BCP for such scenarios.

Air Cargo: The flow of air cargo has been impacted due to limited air space. While the travel ban will not apply to direct family of Australian citizens and residents, everyone returning to Australia will be subject to two weeks isolation upon their arrival. Previously, Tasmania has closed the border to citizens arriving from the mainland.

Ports

  • As of March 18th, 2020, Maritime Safety Queensland, announced that commercial ships will be banned from entering ports in Queensland, Australia if the ship or anyone onboard has been in any country outside of Australia in the past two weeks.
  • Similar measures are also being taken by Port Authority of New South Wales and Southern Ports, where ships are barred from entering ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance until 14 days of isolation have elapsed from the last port of call.

Customs / Trucking: Our local office has confirmed that there is no impact on customs and trucking operations.


Bangladesh 

To combat the spread of the coronavirus following a spike in new cases, the government of Bangladesh will reimpose zone-wise lockdown from June 9th. The country will be divided into three zones, red, yellow, and green based on the severity of the pandemic. Purba Rajabazar and East Rajabazar in capital Dhaka and few other districts of the country has been identified as infection clusters or hotspots and placed under red zone lockdown. Working from home will be made mandatory for everyone in red zones.

In an effort to quell the spread of coronavirus, the Bangladesh government has extended restrictions imposed on public activities and movement across the country through August 3rd. Wearing of masks has been made compulsory in public spaces and no one will be allowed to leave their homes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. without urgent needs like medical services and movement towards workplaces. Public transportation will continue to operate on a limited scale. At the moment, our local office in Bangladesh is not in an area restricted by public movement and our operation is continuing as usual.

As of June 19th, 2020, the visa-on-arrival to Bangladesh for nationals of all countries has been suspended indefinitely as the COVID-19 situation continues to intensify in the country. Individuals visiting Bangladesh to engage in business activities will be exempt.

Century Office: As of July 3rd, 2020, the government of Bangladesh has allowed offices and workplaces to continue operating “on a limited scale” until August 3rd. Our local office in Bangladesh is open with skeleton staff attending the office for BL/FCR to release/surrender, document scanning, CFS operation/reporting, and urgent works.

Air Cargo:

  • Effective from June 1st, domestic flights on Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet and Syedpur routes will be allowed to resume operation under health guidelines.
  • Since June 16th, 2020, international flight operations have been allowed to resume on a limited scale. State-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines is currently operating international flights on the Dhaka-London-Dhaka route once a week, every Sunday. Qatar Airways is operating three scheduled flights a week on the Doha-Dhaka-Doha route, but only for transit passengers whose ultimate destination is elsewhere. Emirates started operating three flights a week on the Dubai-Dhaka-Dubai route from June 24th. Turkish Airlines will operate flights on the Istanbul-Dhaka route from July 2nd and Thai Airways will operate five flights per week from August 1st. In addition, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, along with local airlines US-Bangla, Novo Air, and Regent Airways have also gotten permission to operate international scheduled flights.

Ports:

  • As of June 16th, 2020, off-docks in Bangladesh are working at a reduced productivity due to the shortage of manpower and undelivered cargo.
  • As of April 24th, 2020, the Chittagong Port Authority and the government of Bangladesh have released more details to clear the severe congestion at Chittagong Port. All types of imported containers can now be shifted and stored at private land depots through June 30th. Under normal conditions, only limited types of imported containers are allowed to be directly shifted to the ICDs.

CFS/Customs/ Factories: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no significant impact to operation at the moment. These facilities have reopened following the health guidelines issued by authorities.

Trucking: There is no impact to trucking services at the moment.


Cambodia

On May 20th, 2020, Cambodia has lifted the entry ban on foreign travelers into the country from France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Spain, and the United States. Foreign travelers must provide a medical certificate no more than 72 hours before the date of travel certifying that he/she has not tested positive for COVID-19 and provide proof of insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $50,000 for the duration of the stay. Also, 14 days quarantine after arrival at a government-designated place and testing for the coronavirus is required.

Century Office: Our local office remains normal operation.

Air Cargo:A few airlines have resumed passenger flights to Cambodia, such as Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Turkish Airlines. Our staff has reported that space is still manageable for cargo flights.

Trucking:

  • Our local offices in Vietnam and Cambodia have both confirmed that while the quarantine measures still apply for people travelling across their shared border, the countries have agreed on an arrangement to allow cross-border cargo movements to continue.
  • Under this arrangement, cargo will be transferred from a Vietnamese-based truck (with a Vietnamese-based driver) to that of a Cambodian-based truck (with a Cambodian-based driver), and vice versa, so that there is no crossing of borders by the truck drivers. However, please note that a congestion has been reported at border due to cargo fumigation and the time needed to unload and reload the cargo from one truck to the other.

Ports / CFS / Customs: No impact has been reported on ports, CFS, and customs operations.

Other Information: As Cambodia has kept the coronavirus under control, The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia has lifted the ban and requirement for permission from the Ministry of Health to export all types of masks. As international garment order has dried up, many factories in Cambodia have started to produce masks to fill the increasing demands in countries such as the United States, Australia, and Germany.


China 

China is gradually relaxing previous lockdown measures and key supply chain infrastructure, including port, terminal, and trucking operations, have returned to normal.

As of June 16th, 2020, in view of the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing, the Chinese government has re-imposed some travel restrictions in the country’s capital. The residential areas near the market where the outbreak was reported has been placed under lockdown. Residents of those high-risk areas are barred from leaving Beijing and taxis and car-hailing services are also banned from taking people out of the city under government directives. Public transportation will remain operational with limited passenger capacity.

As of June 19th, 2020, Beijing, China’s capital city, has re-imposed some travel restrictions and raised its emergency response from Level III to Level II, with Level I being the highest. A large number of scheduled passenger flights has been cancelled and schools will remain shut until further notice.

Since April, 2020, all restrictions introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wuhan have been gradually lifted. Hubei province, including Wuhan, is now considered a low risk area. Residents will a green “health code” that proves their health status are permitted to travel in and out of the province. Businesses have also resumed operation after obtaining approval from authorities.

As of April 10th, 2020, China has tightened export measures on medical supplies to ensure quality control. The new measures are a response to complaints from several countries about the faulty and substandard medical supplies. Domestic certification, as well as foreign licenses for medical supplies shipped abroad, are required, and the products will be subject to a mandatory quality inspection by China Customs, which could lengthen the approval process for shipments by days or weeks.

Century Office: Our local office remains normal operation.

Air Cargo: On May 28th, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced plans to relax China border controls with the opening of a ‘green channel’ to allow charter flights from specified countries to land in the country. Permission has currently been granted for Singapore, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Ports: As of March 20th, 2020, Chinese ports, such as Shanghai, Fuzhou and Zhoushan (Ningbo) have reportedly tightened the quarantine control for crew members on board. If crew members who have been to “high-risk” countries would like to disembark the vessel and enter China, they will need to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government-designated facility. Our local office has confirmed that this measure will not impact load or unload operations at ports. The quarantine measures will apply to individuals who have been to the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, or the US.

Trucking: Trucking Companies have reported that capacity has resumed. Previous holiday extension for Wuhan is officially over. With the situation gradually improving, previous restrictions of travelling outside of Wuhan has been lifted and trucks can have access to terminals and container depots.

Customs/ CFS/ Carriers: As of June 30th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to operation.


Hong Kong 

On July 27th, 2020, the Hong Kong government further tightened the social distancing rules due to the spike in local coronavirus infections. Effective from July 29th to August 5th, face coverings will be required in all public places and gatherings of more than two people will be prohibited. In addition, entertainment venues and sport centers must remain shut during this period.

With effect from July 29th, Hong Kong will ban all crew changes for passenger vessels and good vessels “until the local epidemic situation is contained”. Exemptions will be made for vessels with freight destined for Hong Kong. However, those crewmembers will not be allowed to mingle in public and must go directly to the airport or stay in a designated quarantine venue. Our local team confirms that there has been no impact to vessel schedules or carrier operation. Please continue to check your shipments via VMS® and reach out to your Account Manager for inquiries or support.

As of June 2nd, 2020, all non-Hong Kong residents arriving in the city by plane from any overseas countries will be denied entry. All Hong Kong citizens returning from abroad will be tested at the airport upon arrival and subject to a 14-day mandatory home quarantine. The quarantine measures are expected to last through September 18th.

As of June 2nd, 2020, all non-Hong Kong residents arriving in the city by plane from any overseas countries will be denied entry. All Hong Kong citizens returning from abroad will be tested at the airport upon arrival and subject to a 14-day mandatory home quarantine.

The government of Hong Kong has rolled out an exemption scheme that will allow travelers with business needs for cross-border travel to China to be exempted from a mandatory 14-day home quarantine when they cross the border. All of the applicants will have to prove their need to travel and their travel to China must be deemed necessary to Hong Kong’s economic development to receive approval. Successful applicants will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health and will be required to wear masks and have their body temperatures checked daily upon returning to Hong Kong. At the moment, a mandatory 14-day quarantine is still enforced in China for inbound travelers.

Century Office: In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, our local office is leveraging our BCP to prioritize the safety of our staff while ensuring smooth operations. At least 80% of operations team will remain working at the office while other teams are working from home.

Trucking: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced on April 8th, 2020, that it would bear the cost of test involved for Hong Kong cross-border goods vehicle drivers to meet the two Mainland cities’ new pandemic request. Starting from April 10, the Shenzhen Municipal Government will require all cross-border goods vehicle drivers who enter the city via its ports to present the “i Shenzhen” health certification code to Shenzhen customs officers for examination before entry. They should also present proof of a negative result for a nucleic acid test conducted within the previous seven days.


India

India has eased coronavirus lockdown and only areas identified as “containment zones” will extend lockdown. While buses and cabs have partially resumed operations, metro and train services will continue to stay suspended. Offices, shopping malls, places of worship will be allowed to re-open from June 8th. However, wearing of masks have been made compulsory in public spaces and state governments have been asked to strictly enforce it.

Following a spike in new cases, India’s Chennai will reimpose lockdown from June 19th to 30th, 2020. During this period, port, carriers, customs, and CFS operations will continue to operate with limited manpower. Cross-state cargo movements will also be able to continue. As of June 23rd, our local Century staff has reported that there has been no impact on cargo movement, port, customs, and CFS activities so far.

On June 29th, 2020, India’s state Maharashtra extended the statewide lockdown through July 31st. Restrictions have been re-imposed In Mumbai Metropolitan Region, deferring further reopening as some non-essential businesses were asked to stay closed. On the same day, India’s state Tamil Nadu extended the lockdown through July 31st. The total lockdown will continue to be in force in Chennai, Madurai and surrounding areas until July 5th. The state government added that a total lockdown will be implemented across the state on all Sundays during the lockdown period.

On July 1st, 2020, Mumbai Police imposed Section 144 to contain the further spread of coronavirus. The prohibitory order will restrict gatherings in public or private venues and the movement of citizens through July 15th, unless withdrawn earlier. Our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to shipments as essential services are permitted to continue.

The state of West Bengal in eastern India has imposed a bi-weekly lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. A complete statewide lockdown will be implemented for two days every week and all non-essential businesses must stay closed during the lockdown. The next lockdown is scheduled on July 29th, and flights and other public transports will be suspended on that day.

Century Office: Century’s teams in India expect staff in our Tuticorin office will work from home as a precaution.

Air Cargo:

  • The government of India has extended the ban on international passenger flights through August 1st, 2020. On July 24th, 2020, India’s General of Civil Aviation extended restrictions on domestic flights for three more months through November 24th. Airlines on domestic routes must follow health guidelines and operate at 45% capacity.
  • After a two-month suspension to curb the spread of the coronavirus, domestic flight operations in India will resume from May 25th, 2020. According to a tweet by the Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the recommencement of domestic flights will happen in a calibrated manner, and all airports and airlines are being informed. Standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines for passenger movement will be issued separately by the Minister of Civil Aviation.

Ports:

  • Our staff confirms that ports at Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Tuticorin / Cochin and Kolkata remain operational. However, as of June 16th, 2020, the congestion in Nhava Sheva remains due to the shortage of trailers and unavailability of drivers. Movements of containers (Imports and Exports) have alson slowed because of the same reason.
  • Since March, 2020, all ports throughout India have tightened their quarantine measures, sending vessels arriving from any ports in China to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. This 14-day period includes the transit time from the vessel’s last call at a Chinese port. While our CFS facilities in Nhava Sheva, Chennai and Delhi remain operational, Nhava Sheva has been impacted due to labor shortages. We have reached out to your vendors to inform them of the operations status of our facilities to ensure awareness.

Carriers: While carriers are operating with fewer staff, documentation services have been limited. Only online payments are accepted at the moment. Furthermore, carriers are only issuing SWBs and have stopped issuing OBLs as their counters are closed. We will reach out to your vendors to follow carrier’s instructions.

CFS / Customs:

  • Most CFS facilities are at full capacity with Import containers as Importers are unable to clear their cargo. This is also slowing the movement from the ports. Shortage of drivers is the main reason.
  • Customs is maintaining normal service hours.

Trucking: As of June 16th, our staff reported that the trucking situation in India has gotten worse due to the shortage of drivers as the government has arranged special trains to take migrants back to their hometown.

Other Information: On April 23rd, 2020, India’s Ministry of Shipping (MoS) issued a statement directing all major ports in the country to consider waiving port-related fees for port users given the prolonged lockdown measures. MoS has suggested interest-free deferment of port fees for April, May, and June at lessee’s or licensee’s request. Furthermore, MoS has also directed ports not to impose any penalty charges, demurrages, detention charges and any performance-related penalties for delays in berthing, loading/ unloading, arrivals or clearance of cargoes during the lockdown period and another 30 days of the recovery period.


Indonesia 

Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta has extended the transitional phase of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB Transisi) through July 30th as part of the measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the first phase of PSBB Transisi extended, further relaxation and opening of public places, including movie theatres, and other indoor venues will delay.

Indonesia’s borders will continue to remain closed. Limited access is allowed for specific travel purposes to authorized personnel only.

Century Office:

  • In view of the prolonged physical distancing guidelines, staff in our Jakarta office will continue to work from home as a precaution, leveraging our BCP plans.

Air Cargo:

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been allowed to resume. From mid-May, AirAsia Indonesia has resumed flights from Surabaya, East Java, to the Malaysian cities of Kuala Lumpur and John Buru.

  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has implemented work from home and shift operation. Import Declaration, front desk, physical check and Manifest are working from 9:00-15:00. Capacity operation has reduced with more than 75% capacity reduction due to flight cancellation.
  • Juanda International Airport has banned face-to-face customs service from March 23rd, 2020 but remains full capacity operation.
  • Kualanamu International Airport and Hang Nadim Airport remains as usual with protective handling.

Ports / CFS / Customs:

  • Port of Tanjung Priok remains as usual but has implemented work from home and social distancing also limiting face-to-face customs service. Work from home is applied for analyzing points for export and import (document checking/verification).
  • Port of Tanjung Emas and Port of Balikpapan has banned face-to-face customs service.
  • Port of Belawan and Port of Tanjung Perak remains as usual with protective handling.
  • On March 24th, 2020, our Indonesia CFS has adjusted their operational hours and cut off time due to COVID-19. New operating hours are Monday to Friday 9:00-16:00. We are informing vendors accordingly.
  • As of March 27th, 2020, our staff in Indonesia reported that while ports are operational, Indonesian customs will temporarily suspend face-to-face services at sea and air ports. Custom process will remain as normal, but documents must be submitted online now. The measure above will not apply to customs at factories.
  • As of March 30th, 2020, pre-softcopy documents process prior to submitting through Red Lane & Yellow Lane counter was implemented.

Carriers: Carriers are operating but please expect a partial delay with some staff working from home or limiting working hours.

Other Information: The government of Indonesia has moved Idul Fitri leave to December. The four-day Idul Fitri collective leave from May 26th -29th has been pushed back to Dec 28th – 31st, nearing other year-end holidays. Our local office expects that the postponed holiday will affect the cargo delivery at the year-end.


Japan

As of June 19th, 2020, as all COVID-19 restrictions in Japan’s capital Tokyo have been lifted, our local team is back in the office. The metropolitan government will allow large entertainment venues to gradually resume activities under safety protocols. The Japanese Prime Minister added that restrictions for internal travels across prefectural borders will also be lifted.

On May 25th, 2020, Japan’s Prime Minister officially lifted the state of emergency as the country saw a decline in coronavirus cases. Businesses will be allowed to gradually resume operation.

As per the border enforcement measures issued by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 27th, 2020, foreigners having been to any of the listed 111 countries or regions, including the U.S., Schengen Area, the U.K., China, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, will be denied entry to Japan.

As of June 11th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, carriers, air cargo and trucking at the moment.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation but also provides staff with the option to work from home under our BCP plans.


Malaysia 

The Malaysian government has announced that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) scheduled to expire on June 9th will be replaced with the recovery movement control order (RMCO) beginning June 10th through August 31st. As the country moves into a recovery phase, the government will lift several restrictions, including allowing interstate travel and more economic sectors to resume operations.

As of July 21st, 2020, Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to re-open their shared border after several months of closure. Effective from August 10th, Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel will be implemented, allowing eligible citizens of both nations to cross the border for “work or official purposes” under mutually agreed health guidelines.

Century Office: Our local office is currently maintaining normal operation.

As of June 12th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, carriers, air cargo, and trucking at the moment.


Myanmar 

The lockdown measures in Myanmar have been gradually lifted. However, the nationwide curfew from midnight to 4 am will remain in place until further notice. Trucks are not allowed on the road during the night curfew, but local staff has confirmed that there is no impact on trucking and transportation operation at the moment.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation now.

Air Cargo: As of July 14th, 2020, the Burmese government has further extended its ban on incoming visitors from all countries into Myanmar through July 31st as part of the measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customs / Carriers: Customs and Carriers are operating but please expect a partial delay as they have halved the numbers of staff at work.

Trucking: Since April 14th, 2020, the restrictions on border crossing through Myanmar-Bangladesh border gates have been in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Authorities have confirmed that the flow of goods between Myanmar and Bangladesh would be exempt.


Pakistan 

From mid-May, 2020, Pakistan has partially eased its lockdown, allowing the construction sector, most factories, all retail shops and community markets to re-open. While retail shops can open on weekdays, shopping malls and other entertainment venues must stay closed until further notice.

In Pakistan, the Sindh government has further extended the ongoing “smart lockdown” in the province of Sindh including Kachi through August 15th to combat the spread of the coronavirus following a spike in new cases. Previous restrictions will remain in place and businesses will be allowed to open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. while complete lockdown will be imposed on Saturday and Sunday.

On July 27th, 2020, the province of Punjab in Pakistan has imposed a 9-day lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. All businesses except grocery stores and pharmacies must stay closed during the lockdown period through August 5th.

Century Office: Under the current situation, Century’s Pakistan office has made arrangements to work remotely, activating our BCP for these scenarios.

Port: As of April 22nd, 2020, the Karachi Port Trust in Pakistan has introduced financial relief for importers, offering 15-day free storage for cargoes. Port Qasim also has similar measures but the port will review each case individually.

Air Cargo: As of July 28th, 2020, Pakistan has extended the permission for international flights to operate until August 31st. However, landing at Turbat and Gwadar Airports has been banned. Likewise, domestic flights can continue to operate between Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta Airports through airports through August 31st.

Ports/ CFS/ Customs: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to operation at the moment.
Carriers: As of June 16th, 2020, the opening hours at carrier counters have been shortened to 9 am to 1 pm. Their offices have reopened with limited staff.

Carriers: As of June 16th, 2020, the opening hours at carrier counters have been shortened to 9 am to 1 pm. Their offices have reopened with limited staff. On July 3rd, 2020, our local staff in Pakistan has reported that all major carriers are facing space issues. The unavailability of space into IEX service on ONE and OOCL will likely delay shipment by one to two weeks.

Trucking: As of June 16th, 2020, Pakistan has opened its shared border with Afghanistan at Chaman.

Factories: As of July 3rd, 2020, the lockdown measures in Pakistan have also slowed down production as factories are working with limited manpower.


Philippines

President Duterte of the Philippines has announced a further extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila through July 31st as part of the measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cebu City, on the other hand, is back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from June 16th, due to an increase in new coronavirus cases and high transmission rate in villages. Tighter restrictions are implemented to control the movement of the public.

Century Office: Our local team in the Philippines will continue to work remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios.

Air Cargo: As of June 5th, 2020, major air carriers in the Philippines have announced plans to resume domestic flights, following the government’s move to lift restrictive measures of COVID-19. Our origin team has reported that domestic flights can now fly in and out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

CFS: Our CFS staff will continue to accept and load cargoes as scheduled. Movement of cargoes to and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered.

Ports/ Customs/ Carriers/ Trucking: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has reported that there is impact to operation at the moment.


Singapore

As of June 2nd, Singapore has eased the partial lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country has entered the first of a three-phase easing and certain schools and some essential businesses such as manufacturing and production, finance and insurance, wholesale trade, transport and storage, professional services, and some selected services like motor and air-con servicing were able to resume work.

From June 19th, 2020, the Singaporean government will allow most businesses to reopen under the condition that physical distancing rules are in place. However, entertainment venues such as movie theaters, bars and nightclubs must stay closed. Social gatherings of up to five people will be allowed as well.

As of July 21st, 2020, Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to re-open their shared border after several months of closure. Effective from August 10th, Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel will be implemented, allowing eligible citizens of both nations to cross the border for “work or official purposes” under mutually agreed health guidelines.

Century Office: Our local office continues to operate with skeleton staff and the remainder working from home.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Air Cargo/ Trucking: As of June 17th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is impact to operation at the moment.


South Korea

Restrictive measures for COVID-19 have been gradually lifted in South Korea since May as most businesses and schools are re-opening.

As of June 11th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, carriers, air cargo and trucking at the moment.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.


Sri Lanka

On June 28th, 2020, Sri Lanka officially lifted the curfew that had been in effect from midnight to 4 am since June 13th. Our local staff has reported that many ocean carriers are blank sailing. Transatlantic trade is severely hampered due to space issues and rollovers.

Century Office: Our local staff has returned to the office on a rotating basis since mid-June.

Air Cargo:

  • The reopening of Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Airport has been delayed until further notice. Our local staff in Sri Lanka has reported that there is no impact on air cargo operation at the moment.
  • SriLankan Airline, the country’s flag carrier, has commenced their passenger flight schedules to cater to repatriate Sri Lankans returning from abroad. There is no impact to air cargo operation as many carriers are moving their freights with charter flights.

Ports:

  • The government of Sri Lanka has announced several financial relief measures to support businesses in maintaining normal operations at ports during the coronavirus pandemic. All ships have been exempted from demurrage and entry charges. Yard and warehouse rental fees for imported containers and goods, as well as empty containers will also be completely waived during the curfew period. Facilities have also been arranged to obtain fuel needed for the container / freight carriers operating between the terminals and inter terminals at the port.
  • Besides, the local government has instructed port authorities to make sure workers’ commute and access to ports will not be affected by the curfew. Harbor gate access permits / individual access permits currently available for trucks, lorries, tippers and bowsers will continue to be valid, and the Sri Lanka police will issue licenses to workers engaged in essential sectors to work during the curfew.

CFS: Our warehouse operation is back to normal and accepting cargo during the normal working hours, 8 am – 6 am the following day, from Monday to Saturday.

Trucking: Trucking services have gradually resumed with more staff reporting to work.

Customs/ Carriers: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to operation at the moment, expect that some carriers are blanking sailing.


Taiwan

Taiwan has announced that all Non-Taiwanese travelers will be barred from entering the country from midnight on March 19th, 2020 until further notice. Exceptions will be granted to individuals with residence permits, diplomates, as well as people traveling to Taiwan to carry out commercial contracts. All arrivals, including Taiwanese nationals, will be put under quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.

As of June 12th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, carriers, air cargo and trucking at the moment.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.


Thailand

On June 30th, 2020, the Thai government extended the state of emergency through the end of July. However, schools and other entertainment venues have been allowed to reopen with social distancing and safety protocols in place.

Since April, 2020, the Thai Immigration Bureau has reopened 23 land borders with its neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Myanmar on Saturday; however, only Thai nationals, diplomats and work permit holders will be allowed to enter Thailand after obtaining a health certificate and clearance from respective Thai embassies.

Century Office: Century’s local office in Thailand is maintaining normal operations.

Trucking: Our office has confirmed that there is no impact on transportation at the moment as goods have been exempted from the transport restrictions. There are however additional temperature and ID checks for truckers being conducted at Laem ChaBang port before entering the port area.

Air Cargo: On May 17th, 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced that the ban on all incoming international passenger flights will be further extended till June 30th. However, few depart flights, cargo and medical relief flights will be exempt. Domestic flights will be allowed to resume operation on May 1st with strict health controls and social distancing protocol in place.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers: As of June 11th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, and carriers at the moment.

Other Information: The Thai Government has declared July 27th as a substitute holiday for Songkran (Thai New Year’s national holiday), making a 4-day long weekend from July 25th to July 28th. Songkran was postponed earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Vietnam

On June 15th, 2020, Vietnam marked its 60 days without new local COVID-19 cases. Previously, from late April, distancing restrictions were eased in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and most businesses have been allowed to reopen. However, Vietnam’s borders will continue to remain closed to foreign visitors due to the pandemic.

Century Office: Century’s local office in Vietnam is maintaining normal operations at the office.

Air Cargo: All domestic flights have fully resumed since May.

Trucking:

  • Our local offices in Vietnam and Cambodia have both confirmed that while the quarantine measures still apply for people travelling across their shared border, the countries have agreed on an arrangement to allow cross-border cargo movements to continue.
  • Under this arrangement, cargo will be transferred from a Vietnamese-based truck (with a Vietnamese-based driver) to that of a Cambodian-based truck (with a Cambodian-based driver), and vice versa, so that there is no crossing of borders by the truck drivers. However, please note that a congestion has been reported at border due to cargo fumigation and the time needed to unload and reload the cargo from one truck to the other.

As WHO has declared the COVID-19 virus to be a pandemic on March 12th, 2020, preventive measures have been implemented in ports worldwide. Vessels arriving from virus-impacted areas into various ports are required to submit voyage histories or to be quarantined in different terminals in accordance with memos issued by the respective regional authorities.

While Century strives to assess the situation and provide our customers with the latest updates on operation status in ports around the world, we also find the global port operation information provided by North P&I’s useful. You may refer to https://www.nepia.com/industry-news/coronavirus-outbreak-impact-on-shipping/ for details.


Business Continuity Plan

We confirm that our staff are safe, and no Century employee has so far been reported to have become infected. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time, as while we endeavor to provide uninterrupted shipment visibility, the COVID-19 virus poses various day-to-day challenges for our staff as they and their families are located in the impacted areas. Ensuring operations excellence and providing timely visibility to the status of your shipments remains a top priority along with employee health and safety.

All Century offices have a solid Business Continuity Plan (BCP) ready. As part of our ongoing BCP efforts, our staff will continue to work remotely with connectivity to VPN and our web-based platform VMS® to ensure ongoing operations execution.

Where applicable, the teams are revising carrier bookings to help ensure carrier space once cargo is ready and able to move. Please continue to check your shipment status through VMS®, as our Asia teams work to provide status summaries with more detailed information. Hong Kong and India teams have been activated to support the China-based teams during this critical time.

We will continue to update you here with the latest information on how this is impacting your supply chain. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact your local Century Account Manager.

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