Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation as of September 14, 2021

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.

  • The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Argentina, including a ban on gatherings of over ten people and border closures, will stay in force until October 1st, 2021.
  • Honduran officials have extended the national curfew through at least September 21st, 2021, in an effort to contain the coronavirus. The curfew is in place from 10 pm to 5 am throughout the country and does not apply to essential workers. During the lockdown period, businesses are permitted to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, announced that COVID-19 restrictions for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines will be lifted from the first Monday after the state reaches its 70% double vaccination target.
  • The Cambodian government announced a lockdown in Siem Reap from September 11th to 18th, 2021, to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Residents must stay home during this period, unless they have an essential reason to leave their home. Certain essential businesses can stay open at a reduced capacity. Our local teams have confirmed that there is no impact to supply chain operations.
  • As reported in a recent Century News Update, the City of Putian in Fujian Province has been classified as a COVID-19 high-risk area. Putian city has implemented temporary traffic controls and only 8 toll stations are open on the expressway while all other entrances and exits are closed. People from the city have been discouraged from leaving, and trucks are allowed to enter Putian but are prohibited from leaving until further notice.
  • In Xiamen, Fujian Province, government officials have ordered all residents to take the nucleic test in the next two days and stay in the city, following new domestically transferred COVID-19 cases. Individuals who want to travel outside of Xiamen will be required to present a green health code and a negative COVID-19 test result showing proof of their health condition.  Century office in Xiamen is open as usual and has a business continuity plan in place to ensure continued operations. We confirm that there has been no impact to cargo movement and port activities at the moment.
  • The Indonesian government has extended the Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) across several regions in Java and Bali until September 20th, 2021. While essential services will remain available, some public facilities will be closed during this period. In view of the situation, our Jakarta team will continue to work from home.
  • Due to the active number of coronavirus cases, Japan has extended the state of emergency through September 30th, 2021, in 19 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka. Bars and restaurants are not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks, while entertainment venues must operate at a reduced capacity. Our local teams have confirmed there is no impact to supply chain operations and will continue to work remotely.
  • The Filipino government will place Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) from September 16th to 30th, 2021. The ongoing nightly curfew in the capital region will be shortened to 10 pm to 4 am during this period.
  • South Korea extended the nationwide distancing guidelines prohibiting gatherings of over four people through October 3rd, 2021. In the country’s capital city Seoul, gatherings of over two people are not allowed after 6 pm.
  • The ongoing countrywide lockdown in Sri Lanka has been extended through 4 am on September 21st, 2021. During this period, essential sectors, including logistics, manufacturing, banks, ports, etc., are exempt from the lockdown restrictions. Our local team will continue to work from home as a precaution.
  • Vietnam has extended the ongoing lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City until the end of September in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. While cargo movements and ports will not be affected, factories must adhere to the “3 on-site rules” to accommodate their workers to stay and live in the facilities. Staff in our Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi offices will continue to perform their usual duties remotely.

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 Canadian government announced that from August 9th, 2021, fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents of the United States will be allowed to enter Canada. American citizens or residents wishing to travel to Canada must have received the full doses of the vaccines accepted by the Canadian government at least 14 days prior to their entry.

Due to the continued surge of the Delta variant, the United States has decided to extend its current border closure orders with Canada and Mexico through September 21st, 2021. Currently, essential travel such as traveling for medical purposes, attending school, or engaging in trade is still permitted.

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

Effective at 23:59 on July 5th, 2021, Canada will no longer require incoming Canadians, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival or take a COVID-19 test, if they are fully vaccinated. The existing travel restrictions and quarantine measures will still apply to non-citizens who travel to Canada for non-essential reasons, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Trucking: 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

Following President Biden’s executive order that has taken effect since January 26th, 2021, all travelers arriving in the United States must present a negative coronavirus test result taken within three days of departure.

Most states in the US have lifted the “Stay-at-home” order and started re-opening. States that have re-opened are taking a phased approach and will require businesses to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Century Office: Century staff located in our headquarter in Richmond, Virginia, will continue to work from home under our BCP until Labor Day.

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.
  • As shared via a Century News Update last week, operations are very slow at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in California due to labor shortage. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the unprecedented increase in container ship traffic, vessels are experiencing 7-8 hour congestion delays. Please continue to check your latest shipment status on VMS®.

Trucking:

  • Due to the continued surge of the Delta variant, the United States has decided to extend its current border closure with Canada and Mexico through September 21st, 2021. Currently, essential travel such as traveling for media purposes, attending school, or engaging in trade is still permitted.
  • In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the hours-of-service emergency declaration through May 31st, 2021, which applies to drivers in all 50 states who are transporting emergency supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 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:  Our local staff in North America has confirmed that there is no significant impact to operation at the moment.

Other Information: 

  • 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.
  • 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 

The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Argentina, including a ban on gatherings of over ten people and border closures, will stay in force until October 1st, 2021.

Air Cargo: Argentina’s Minister of Transport said that domestic and international flights in the country will likely resume in mid-October latest. To ensure safe operations, airlines and airports must follow the health guidelines and protocols given by the Ministry of Health.


Brazil 

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

In late July, Brazil re-opened its border and allowed international air travel to resume. International tourists from all countries will be able to entre Brazil if they have health insurance for the duration of the trip.

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

The Chilean government has further extended its border closure and COVID-19 measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The existing ban on non-resident foreigners entering the country has been extended through August 31st, while the nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will continue to be in place. At the same time, Chile remains under the State of Emergency through September 30th.

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 lanes 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.

Air Cargo: On August 24th, 2020, the government of El Salvador announced that Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport will be reopened to international passenger flights from September 19th. 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

Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in Guatemala, the government has implemented a four-tiered system of health alerts ranked by color, according to the local level of coronavirus activity. The country’s land, sea, and air borders remain open with some limitations and requirements following health guidelines. Furthermore, the travel ban imposed on all flights from the UK and South Africa remains in place.

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

Honduran officials have extended the national curfew through at least September 21st, 2021, in an effort to contain the coronavirus. The curfew is in place from 10 pm to 5 am throughout the country and does not apply to essential workers. During the lockdown period, businesses are permitted to operate at 50% capacity.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.

Air Cargo: Honduras has reopened its airports after a nearly five-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestic flights have resumed operation on August 10th, while international flights have resumed on August 17th under strict biosecurity measures.

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 

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

The Peruvian government has extended the state of emergency through the end of September. The nationwide nightly curfew from 10 pm to 4 am will remain in place through September 5th. Wearing of face masks will be required in public areas.

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

Air Cargo: The Peruvian Minister of Transport and Communications has approved the resumption of international flights from October 1st, 2020, under strict safety measures. Flights between Peru and Mexico as well as Chile, are amongst the first routes to resume.

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 an 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

Since June 16th, 2021, the French government has eased several COVID-19 restrictions. The nightly curfew was lifted on June 20th and mandatory face coverings in outdoor areas are no longer required, expect for crowded places such as street markets and stadiums.

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

As the coronavirus cases steadily decline in Germany, many regions in the country have started easing COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve customers outdoors, if diners can present a negative COVID-19 test or prove that they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

Air Cargo: In view of the coronavirus variant spread in the United Kingdom, individuals arriving in Germany from Britain are required to undergo a two-week mandatory quarantine, starting May 23rd, 2021. Currently, only German citizens and residents will be allowed to enter from Britain.


Italy

As the COVID-19 infection rate continues to drop in Italy, the government has eased most COVID-19 restrictions nationwide except for Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Italy, staring June 21st, 2021. Authorities said mask-wearing and social distancing rules will continue and the ban on house parties and large gatherings will also stay in place.

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

Air Cargo: Inbound visitors entering Italy from Spain, Malta, Greece, and Croatia will be subject to mandatory testing on arrival, and those arriving from Romania and Bulgaria will need to undergo quarantine.

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


Netherlands

The Dutch government announced that on April 28th, 2021, it will lift the nightly curfew that has been in place for more than three months. Bars and restaurants will be permitted to server small groups of customers in outdoor terraces between noon and 6 pm.

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 is no impact on ports, CFS, Carrier, and Trucking operations.

Century’s Office: Our local office in Rotterdam will be working remotely from home as a precaution, leveraging our BCP plans.

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 1st, 2021, Poland has eased the nationwide lockdown after COVID-19 cases decline. Although some restrictions remain in place until further notice, many non-essential businesses have reopened including hotels, shopping malls, and museums. From May 29th, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve food in outdoor areas.


Portugal

Portugal has reopened its border with Spain after three-month closure in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Police checks at the border with Spain have been lifted from May 1st allowing for non-essential travel between both counties.

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

Spain has lifted a state of alarm in place since October to combat the pandemic. COVID-19 restrictions such as the ban on travel between regions and nightly curfew have been lifted. However, mask mandate will remain in force but limits on social gatherings have been relaxed depending on regions.

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.


Turkey

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on June 21st, 2021, that the country will start easing the ongoing restrictive measures. From July 1st, lockdowns that had been imposed on Sundays and the nightly curfew from 19:00 on weekdays will be lifted. Public transportation will also return to normal working hours.

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

From July 19th, 2021, England has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions as over 68% of adults in the country have been fully vaccinated. Social distancing and face coverings will no longer be mandatory and publica gatherings will no longer be restricted. Restrictions are set to be eased in Northern Ireland and Wales on July 26th and August 7th, 2021, respectively.

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

Air Cargo: A number of countries around the world have imposed a travel ban restricting travels from/to the United Kingdom, after a more infectious COVID-19 variant was discovered in England. Countries such as France, Spain, China and the United States have suspended air travels from/to the United Kingdom.

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

Israel has eased coronavirus lockdown and plans to reopen most businesses from March 7th, 2021. Movement restrictions have been lifted but mask-wearing in public remains mandatory.

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

Air Cargo: Authorities in Israel have extended the suspension of all inbound and outbound flights for both Israeli nationals and foreigners at Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) through March 6th, 2021 in an effort to combat the spread of new COVID-19 strains. Exceptions are made for flights for emergencies and cargo transportation.

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

Oman has relaxed several COVID-19 restrictions across the sultanate from June 2nd. The Omani government has reopened its land borders with neighboring GCC countries allowing Omanis and residents with proof of work from employers to cross the borders.

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: Oman’s Supreme Committee has announced the resumption of international flights from October 1st, 2020. To ensure safe operations, all passengers must follow the health guidelines and protocols given by the Ministry of Health.

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


United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has opened its land borders to Omani citizens from November 16th, 2020. Omani citizens must present a negative PCR test taken with 48 hours when passing through the border but will not require prior approval from local authorities.

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 

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, announced that COVID-19 restrictions for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines will be lifted from the first Monday after the state reaches its 70% double vaccination target.

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 

The Bangladeshi government has eased the ongoing nationwide lockdown and allowed all businesses to re-open with the COVID-19 health protocols in place. Similarly, all public transportation has also been allowed to resume operations at full capacity.

Century Office: With the improved situation, our local offices in Bangladesh have resumed full operations at the office.

Air Cargo:

  • Domestic flights on Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet and Syedpur routes will be allowed to resume operation under health guidelines.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) have announced that international flights to/from China, Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE, and the UK will be allowed to resume operation under health guidelines.

Ports:

  • 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

The Cambodian government announced a lockdown in Siem Reap from September 11th to 18th, 2021, to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Residents must stay home during this period, unless they have an essential reason to leave their home. Certain essential businesses can stay open at a reduced capacity. Our local teams have confirmed that there is no impact to supply chain operations.

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

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 

As reported in a recent Century News Update, the City of Putian in Fujian Province has been classified as a COVID-19 high-risk area. Putian city has implemented temporary traffic controls and only 8 toll stations are open on the expressway while all other entrances and exits are closed. People from the city have been discouraged from leaving, and trucks are allowed to enter Putian but are prohibited from leaving until further notice.

In Xiamen, Fujian Province, government officials have ordered all residents to take the nucleic test in the next two days and stay in the city, following new domestically transferred COVID-19 cases. Individuals who want to travel outside of Xiamen will be required to present a green health code and a negative COVID-19 test result showing proof of their health condition. Century office in Xiamen is open as usual and has a business continuity plan in place to ensure continued operations. We confirm that there has been no impact to cargo movement and port activities at the moment.

Century Office: Century offices in China are open as usual.


Hong Kong 

The Hong Kong government has tightened entry rules for arrivals from 15 countries. The United States, France, and United Arab Emirates are among countries that have been recategorized as high-risk from August 20th. Compulsory quarantine for arrivals from these countries has increased to 21 days in a designated hotel, even for those who are vaccinated.

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.

Century Office: With the stabilized COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, all our local staff have returned to the office since May 24th, 2021. We will keep assessing the situation and require employees to consult a doctor and/or work from home, if they develop any relevant symptoms.

Air Cargo: The Hong Kong government will also allow the resumption of international flights from the U.K. in late-April. Besides, the quarantine requirement for travelers from low-risk countries, namely Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, will be shortened from the previous 21 days to only 14 days. Due to the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, the Air Travel Bubble (ATB) scheme that allows quarantine-free travels between Hong Kong and Singapore will be postponed again. The ATB was originally planned to take off on May 26th, 2021. The governments will assess the situation and make another joint announcement on or before June 13th.

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

COVID-19 rules have become more relaxed all over India, except for Cochin, where the coronavirus cases have surged after the festival celebrations. Factories that fall under the containment zone have suspended operations, however, our local team has confirmed that there has been no disruption to factories of Century’s customers. All businesses and public transportation have been allowed to resume operations, but two-dose mandates are required for train travel. Only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel on local trains and metros.

Century Office: Staff in our Delhi and Tuticorin office have resumed full operation at the office while our Mumbai office is open with some staff working from home due to the two-dose mandate. Our Chennai and Kolkata offices are open with some staff working from home as a precaution.

Air Cargo:

  • The government of India has extended the ban on international passenger flights through September 30th, 2021. However, flights to/from countries under India’s “Transport Bubbles” arrangements will be allowed to operate. Cargo flights and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are exempt from the suspension.
  • 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 local team has confirmed that there has been no disruption in port operations and loading and discharge operations are working as normal. However, shipments and production may be delayed due to the labor reduction in factories and warehouses. Should your shipments be impacted, our team will keep you posted via VMS® and escalate any carrier space issues as well.

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 August 11th, our local operation teams have reported that shortage of trailers remains for trucking services.

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 

The Indonesian government has extended the Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) across several regions in Java and Bali until September 20th, 2021. While essential services will remain available, some public facilities will be closed during this period. In view of the situation, our Jakarta team will continue to work from home.

Century Office: In view of the coronavirus variants found in Indonesia, our Jakarta teams will continue to work from home.

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

Due to the active number of coronavirus cases, Japan has extended the state of emergency through September 30th, 2021, in 19 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka. Bars and restaurants are not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks, while entertainment venues must operate at a reduced capacity. Our local teams have confirmed there is no impact to supply chain operations and will continue to work remotely.

Century Office: Century’s team in Japan will be working from home leveraging our BCP for these scenarios.


Malaysia 

On August 16th, 2021, the Malaysian government eased the COVID-19 restrictions by allowing more businesses and non-essential manufacturing sectors to re-open. Under the new guidelines from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, manufacturing and construction sectors are allowed to operate at full capacity as long as 80% to 100% of their workers are fully vaccinated.

Century Office: Following reports of several COVID-19 cases in the office building, our offices in Port Klang and Johor Bahru have reopened at 60% capacity since July 15th after thorough disinfections. Our Penang office is maintaining normal operations at the moment.

Ports/ CFS/ Customs/ Carriers/ Trucking: 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 

Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC) has announced a further extension of the public holiday period for one more week through September 10th, 2021. The extension will include August 31st through September 10th from the original August 23rd through 31st time period, to help curb the spread of the virus. Both government and private banks will be exempted from this extended holiday period. Our local teams confirmed that there is no major impact to supply chain operations and vendor operation status at the moment. However, due to limited manpower, carriers, ports, customs, factories, and airlines will be operating at a reduced productivity level.

Century Office: From September 1st, 50% of staff in our Yangon office will work from the office while the remainder will work from home on a rotational basis during the extended holiday period and remain reachable via email and VMS®️ to assist in any urgent matters.

Air Cargo:

  • Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has further extended the ban on international flights through the end of June.
  • The ban on domestic flights in Myanmar is scheduled to be lifted on December 16th, 2020. Passengers must undergo a health screening at airports before boarding flights.

Customs / Carriers: Our staff has reported that staff at carriers’ offices are also working from home, and that customs will work on a rotation of two weeks at home and two weeks at the office.

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 

The Pakistani provincial government of Sindh has eased COVID-19 restrictions for all cities except for Karachi and Hyderabad. Markets are permitted to operate until 8 pm but are mandated to close two days a week. Indoor dining remains suspended while outdoor dining is permitted until 10 pm. Public transportation has resumed operations at 50% capacity while railways are operating at 70% capacity.

Century Office: Century’s Pakistan office remains operational with 50% of staff working in the office while the remainder work from home.

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: Pakistani officials have also extended the permission for international flights to operate through March 18th, 2021.

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. 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

The Filipino government will place Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) from September 16th to 30th, 2021. The ongoing nightly curfew in the capital region will be shortened to 10 pm to 4 am during this period.

Century Office: Century’s local office in the Philippines is currently open with 80% of staff attending the office and the remainder working from home on a rotating basis.

Air Cargo: 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 2020, our local staff has reported that there is impact to operation at the moment.


Singapore

Singapore has announced tightened COVID-19 measures as new cases continue to rise across the country. The COVID-19 restrictions will be effective through August 18th which includes a ban on dining at restaurants.

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

South Korea extended the nationwide distancing guidelines prohibiting gatherings of over four people through October 3rd, 2021. In the country’s capital city Seoul, gatherings of over two people are not allowed after 6 pm.

Our staff has reported that there is no impact to or restrictions on the operation of ocean ports or carriers.

Century Office: Century’s local office in South Korea is maintaining normal operations with 30% of the staff working from home on a rotating basis.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Air Cargo/ Trucking: 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.


Sri Lanka

The ongoing countrywide lockdown in Sri Lanka has been extended through 4 am on September 21st, 2021. During this period, essential sectors, including logistics, manufacturing, banks, ports, etc., are exempt from the lockdown restrictions. Our local team will continue to work from home as a precaution.

Century Office: Our local teams are working from home as a precaution.

Air Cargo:

  • Sri Lanka will reopen its airports for international travelers from January 21st, 2021. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has announced that the two main airports Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) and Mattala International Airport (Hambantota) will resume operations for commercial flights according to health and safety regulations.

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.
  • As previously reported, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka, terminals in the Colombo Port faced an impact to their operations due to severe labor shortage issues over the last few months. As per a bulletin issued by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority dated January 8th, 2021, all operations and other services at the Port of Colombo have now returned to normal levels. As Colombo Port operations have returned to normal, congestion in the downstream ports of Tuticorin and Chennai has also eased, with vessels now departing as scheduled.

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’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has extended the Level 2 epidemic warning nationwide through September 6th, 2021, with eased restrictions. Masks will remain compulsory while the limit on the number of people in gatherings has been increased to 80 people indoors and 300 people outdoors.

Century Office: As domestic case numbers have lowered, our Taipei office has resumed full operations at the office.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Air Cargo/ Trucking: 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.


Thailand

From September 1st, Thailand will ease lockdown to allow limited dine-in services and inter-provincial travel while the nightly curfew from 9 pm to 4 am will stay in force until further notice. Outdoor social gatherings of up to 25 people are now permitted.

Century Office: Our local office remains operational with 30% of staff working in the office while the remainder work from home.

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: The ban on all international passenger flights into Thailand remains in force. However, few depart flights, cargo and medical relief flights will be exempt. Domestic flights have resumed operation as of May 1st, 2020, 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

Vietnam has extended the ongoing lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City until the end of September in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. While cargo movements and ports will not be affected, factories must adhere to the “3 on-site rules” to accommodate their workers to stay and live in the facilities. Staff in our Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi offices will continue to perform their usual duties remotely.

Century Office: Given the current situation, our Ho Chi Minh office has activated our Business Continuity Plans with all employees working remotely as a precaution. On the other hand, our Hanoi office is maintaining normal operations with 50% of staff working in the office and the remainder working from home.

Air Cargo: In view of the changing coronavirus situation, Hai Phong, Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Gia Lai, and Con Dao have suspended flights to/from Tran Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

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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