Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation as of January 19, 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.

In addition to the following global COVID-19 impacts, we have also set up a dedicated page for the situation in China at https://www.cds-net.com/china-operating-status/, with weekly updates (every Monday) on government restrictive measures, supply chain impacts, as well as Century operating status.

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, the provincial government of Ontario has declared a second state of emergency for the province and issued a stay-at-home-order effective as of January 14th, 2021, in response to the latest COVID-19 development in the country. The Ontario government has also announced that most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) will be extended until February 19, 2021.
  • 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®.
  • Chile has extended the state of catastrophe through March 13th, 2021, amid concerns over a new wave of infections. The state of catastrophe will give the government powers to control the movement of the public and ensure the availability of food supplies and essential services.
  • Peru has further extended the state of emergency through January 31, 2021, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The daily curfew will remain in place in areas where COVID-19 cases have increased and are in effect from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • The Netherlands has extended the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. All schools and non-essential businesses are to remain closed through February 9th, 2021. However, essential businesses like supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies will be allowed to stay open. People are advised to stay at home and have as little social contact as possible. Our team in Rotterdam is working from home, leveraging our BCP for such scenarios.
  • Portugal has further extended the state of emergency for 15 days through January 30th, 2021, due to the continued coronavirus crisis. Under the measures, residents must stay-at-home except to acquire essential goods and non-essential businesses will remain closed.
  • In view of the surge of coronavirus cases in some Chinese cities, Shijiazhuang City and Xingtai City in Hebei Province, as well as Suihua City and Wangkui County in Heilongjiang Province have been locked down until further notice. Gu’an County near Langfang City in Hebei Province will remain under lockdown until January 25th.
  • Chinese authorities may impose partial lockdowns in areas classified as “high-risk” or “medium-risk”. These risk areas are mostly villages and residential complexes with multiple COVID-19 community clusters. Residents are prohibited from leaving their neighborhoods unless they have an essential reason. As of January 18th, there have been 2 high-risk areas in Hebei Province and 1 high-risk area in Heilongjiang Province. The 99 medium-risk areas include 31 in Jilin, 5 in Liaoning, 6 in Beijing, 9 in Heilongjiang, and 48 in Hebei.
  • Japan has declared a second state of emergency in an effort to quell the spread of coronavirus. The state of emergency will be in place from January 8 through February 7 in Tokyo and three other regions. Century’s team in Japan will be working from home during the lockdown period, leveraging our BCP for these scenarios. Our staff working from home has also confirmed that there has been no impact on logistics operations at the moment.
  • Indonesia has further extended the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta through January 25th, 2021, due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Our local team in Jakarta will continue to work remotely from home as a precaution, leveraging our BCP plans.
  • Due to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Malaysian government has reinstated the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya. The tighter measures will remain in force through January 26th, 2021, and will prohibit social gatherings and dining in restaurants.
  • South Korea has extended social distancing measures with eased restrictions. However, the nationwide ban prohibiting private gatherings of more than five people will remain in effect through the end of January. Century’s local office in South Korea is maintaining normal operations with 30% of the staff working from home on a rotating basis. Our staff have reported that there is no impact to or restrictions on the operation of ocean ports or carriers.
  • The nation-wide state of emergency in Thailand has been extended through February 28th, 2021, to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government has also ordered a partial lockdown in Bangkok. As a precaution, our local office remains operational with 50% of staff working in the office while the remainder work from home.
  • Taiwan has imposed a travel ban that suspends the entry of non-resident foreign nationals after the discovery of Taiwan’s first imported case of the more infectious COVID-19 variant that emerged in England. Century’s local office in Taiwan is maintaining normal operations.
  • 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. Our staff in the Sri Lanka office are working from home on a rotational basis.
  • 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.

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 through January 21st, 2021. 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 January 21st, 2021, with a ban on non-essential travel between the two countries in place 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 activities 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

Effective January 7th, 2021, all individuals aged five or above traveling to Canada by air must present a negative COVID-19 test report completed within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure to Canada. This new measure will also apply to Canadian citizens and residents.

In Canada, the provincial government of Ontario has declared a second state of emergency for the province and issued a stay-at-home-order effective as of January 14th, 2021, in response to the latest COVID-19 development in the country. The Ontario government has also announced that most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) will be extended until February 19, 2021.

The province of Ontario has introduced a flexible response to COVID-19, Bill 195, or Reopening Ontario. The City of Toronto has entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening, allowing for the safe restart of more businesses and services including playgrounds, indoor restaurant dining, and fitness centers with certain restrictions in place.

Air Cargo: The government of Canada has extended the ban on international travel restrictions through November 30th, 2020 to control the spread of the COVID-19.

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

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 and gradually return to the 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.
  • 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:

  • The US-Canada border closures have been extended through November 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 US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the hours of service emergency declaration through the end of 2020, 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.

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: 

  • 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 vessel 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 

The Argentinian government extended the ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures until January 31st, 2021. Foreign travelers, except nationals and citizens of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, will be denied entry to Argentina. Additionally, all individuals traveling to the Buenos Aires metropolitan region must provide a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours prior to their trip, along with a proof of medical insurance.

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

Chile has extended the state of catastrophe through March 13th, 2021, amid concerns over a new wave of infections. The state of catastrophe will give the government powers to control the movement of the public and ensure the availability of food supplies and essential services.

Chile has announced the reopening of the country’s borders to foreign visitors from November 23rd, 2020. Foreigners will be able to enter the country only through the Santiago airport (SCL) and subject to health regulations. Between November 23rd and December 7th, 14-days self-quarantine is mandatory for non-resident foreigners who were in a high-risk country 14-days prior to their travel to Chile, even with a negative PCR test.

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

The government of Guatemala has issued a decree to reopen its borders after a six-month closure in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. With some limitations and requirements to follow health guidelines, the country’s land, sea, and air borders will reopen on September 18th, 2020.

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: 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

Peru has further extended the state of emergency through January 31, 2021, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The daily curfew will remain in place in areas where COVID-19 cases have increased and are in effect from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Previously, Peruvian authorities announced that Peru would begin phase 4 of its economic re-activation plans and allow international flights from October.

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

The lockdown in France has been lifted on December 15th, and the country will revert to a night-time curfew from 8 pm to 6 am the next morning. However, the ban on social gatherings and non-essential travel will remain in place.

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

As part of the ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced the imposition of a national lockdown from December 16th, 2020, through January 10th, 2021. Under the new measures, all schools and non-essential businesses nationwide will be closed.

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

Italy has issued a new decree extending the state of emergency through January 31st, 2021. Under the new measure, face masks are compulsory everywhere in public, even in outdoor spaces throughout the country.

From November 29th, 2020, Italy began easing the COVID-19 preventative measures in the country’s financial capital Milan and the city of Turin, as the number of coronavirus cases has been steadily dropping.

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. The ban on entry from countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Oman, and Peru, has also been extended through October 7th.

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


Netherlands

The Netherlands has extended the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. All schools and non-essential businesses are to remain closed through February 9th, 2021. However, essential businesses like supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies will be allowed to stay open. People are advised to stay at home and have as little social contact as possible.

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 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

Portugal has further extended the state of emergency for 15 days through January 30th, 2021, due to the continued coronavirus crisis. Under the measures, residents must stay-at-home except to acquire essential goods and non-essential businesses will remain closed.

Social distancing rules continue to be enforced throughout Portugal, and the wearing of face masks is compulsory in public spaces and on public transportation.

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

The Spanish government has approved the extension of the state of alarm for six months through May 9th, 2021 amid growing COVID-19 cases. The nationwide curfew will remain in place from 11 pm to 6 am the next morning. During the curfew, residents are not allowed to leave their homes unless for commuting to work, buying medicines, or providing care for people with medical needs.

As of June 21st, 2020, 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

The U.K. Prime Minister announced on January 4th, 2021, that a tighter national lockdown will be imposed across the country. People are only allowed to leave their homes to go to work, shop for necessities, exercise once per day, provide care to vulnerable groups, and seek medical help. The lockdown is expected to last until mid-February, depending on the development of the pandemic.

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 the countrywide lockdown following a month of restrictions that helped curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country will gradually relax previous lockdown measures and has entered the first of an eight-phase easing. Preschools and Ben-Gurion International Airport has been permitted to reopen.

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: 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 

In Australia, multiple states, including Victoria, Queensland, South and Western Australia, have shut their internal borders to people traveling from New South Wales, since January 1st, 2021. Exceptions will be made to those who have exemptions or valid border passes.

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 Bangladesh government has lifted restrictions on movement and activities amid rise in COVID-19 cases.

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: In view of the lifted COVID-19 restrictions in Bangladesh, our local office is maintaining normal operations at the moment.

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

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 has reported a growing number of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases recently and we understand your concerns over vendor production schedules and any potential supply chain impacts as the Chinese New Year Holiday approaches. We have prepared a dedicated webpage on China’s operating status that will be updated every Monday. For more information including ongoing government measures relevant to the supply chain, please visit https://www.cds-net.com/china-operating-status/.

Key changes to the situation are as follows:

  • In view of the surge of coronavirus cases in some Chinese cities, Shijiazhuang City and Xingtai City in Hebei Province, as well as Suihua City and Wangkui County have been locked down until further notice. Gu’an County near Langfang City in Hebei Province will remain under lockdown until January 25th. To enter or leave the city, all residents and vehicles in lockdown areas must obtain government passes and present a negative testing report completed within the last 72 hours. Operations at local airports and train stations have been suspended. Trucking operations are also restricted in lockdown areas. Transportation of non-essential goods in these areas is currently impossible even if the factory can operate. Please refer to the dedicated news page for more details on the trucking situation within China.
  • Chinese authorities may impose partial lockdowns in areas classified as “high-risk” or “medium-risk”. These risk areas are mostly villages and residential complexes with multiple COVID-19 community clusters. Residents are prohibited from leaving their neighborhoods unless they have an essential reason. As of January 18th, there have been 2 high-risk areas in Hebei Province and 1 high-risk area in Heilongjiang Province. The 99 medium-risk areas include 31 in Jilin, 5 in Liaoning, 6 in Beijing, 9 in Heilongjiang, and 48 in Hebei.

Hong Kong 

The Hong Kong Government has extended social distancing rules through January 20th, 2021. The prohibition on public gatherings of more than two people and mask mandate in public places will remain in place. Hong Kong has also banned all flights to/from the United Kingdom.

On August 16th, COVID-19 infection cluster has been reported at Kwai Chung Container Terminal in Hong Kong. Most of the confirmed cases were employees of Wang Kee Port Operation Services Ltd. and the Hong Kong Government has taken immediate action to quarantine all related workers as a precautionary measure and making efforts to keep operations running with minimal impact. Our local team confirms that there has been no impact to vessel schedules or carrier operation. Please continue to reference VMS® for the latest updates on your shipments and reach out to your Account Manager for inquiries or support.

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.

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: As of January 5th, 2021, Century’s Hong Kong office is open with operations staff going to the office on a rotating schedule and the remainder working remotely from home.

Air Cargo: After reassessing the COVID-19 situation, officials of Hong Kong and Singapore announced that the joint “Travel Bubble” scheme, which allows quarantine-free travels between the two cities, has been postponed until 2021.

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.

The government of India has now issued special passes for workers under the essential services category to use the local train service. There is currently no impact on labor and our local office has confirmed that there is no impact on CFS and port operations.

Century Office: As of January 5th, 2021, Century’s offices in New Delhi and Tuticorin are maintaining normal operation at the office, while 50% of our staff members in Mumbai will work from home since local trains have not fully resumed services. In Chennai, with the ongoing partial lockdown extended through January 31st, our local team will continue to work from home as a precaution.

Air Cargo:

  • The government of India has extended the ban on international passenger flights through January 31st, 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:

  • 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 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 

Indonesia has further extended the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta through January 25th, 2021, due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Century Office: Our local team in Jakarta will continue to work remotely 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

Japan has declared a second state of emergency in an effort to quell the spread of coronavirus. The state of emergency will be in place from January 8 through February 7 in Tokyo and three other regions.

Our staff working from home has also confirmed that there has been no impact on logistics operations at the moment.

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


Malaysia 

Due to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Malaysian government has reinstated the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya. The tighter measures will remain in force through January 26th, 2021, and will prohibit social gatherings and dining in restaurants.

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: As of November 3rd, 2020, our local teams will work from home as a precaution.

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 extended the COVID-19 measures through January 31st, 2021 to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country. Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 people.

Century Office: As of November 3rd, 2020, our local office is open as usual.

Air Cargo:

  • The ban on international flights has been extended through the end of January 2021.
  • 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 

Pakistan has withdrawn its lockdown measures, allowing public transport and all sectors except marriage halls and educational institutions to reopen under health guidelines. All air, rail, and road transport can also resume and must follow social distancing guidelines.

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 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. 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 Philippines officially extended the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the third strictest of 4 lockdown levels, in Metro Manila, Tacloban City, Davao City and several other areas through January 31st, 2021. The rest of the country will stay under modified GCQ.

Century Office: As of January 5th, 2021, most of our local staff have returned to the office as the situation steadily improves.

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

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

South Korea has extended social distancing measures with eased restrictions. However, the nationwide ban prohibiting private gatherings of more than five people will remain in effect through the end of January.

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

Century Office: Our staff in the Sri Lanka office is working from home on a rotational basis.

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 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.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.

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

Thailand’s state of emergency, originally due to expire on October 31st, 2020, has been lifted.

Century Office: As of November 3rd, 2020, our local office is open as usual.

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

Vietnam’s Da Nang city has been placed under semi-lockdown to stem the pandemic. With local transmission of COVID-19 returning in the city, all flights and public transport to and from Da Nang has been suspended.

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

Air Cargo: Vietnam has temporarily suspended all inbound international commercial flights due to the rise in coronavirus cases within the country. However, cargo, medical, and humanitarian flights will continue to operate.

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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