Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation

Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation as of April 2, 2020

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

Key changes to the situation are as follows:

Please note that we have updated the structure of this page to present the information by region – North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. A visualization of our assessment of the port and airport situations throughout North America, LATAM, Europe, Asia Pacific, 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.

  • As of April 2nd, 2020, the governors of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, and Pennsylvania issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order, joining 34 other states in restricting the public’s movement to curb the spread of coronavirus. Currently, the “stay-at-home” order has been implemented in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • The Garden City Terminal in Savannah will be closed to truck traffic for the next four Saturdays because many retailers and factories are closed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch said that “Saturdays are by far the slowest in the terminal, so eliminating truck hours would have minimal impact on beneficial cargo owners (BCOs).” The port doesn’t operate on Sundays.
  • France’s Orly Airport is closed “from March 31 at 11:30 p.m. until further notice, all flights operated are reassigned to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the airport announced on its website.
  • Cross-border truck drivers warned today of a shortage of mainland imports as authorities in Shenzhen further tighten border controls in view of the coronavirus pandemic, requiring drivers to provide proof of their health status when entering, RTHK reports. The Hong Kong Land Transport Council cited mainland authorities as saying that the new restriction would take effect from Saturday.
  • On April 2nd, 2020, Century’s India team has reported congestion at our Chennai CFS due to cargo pending for Customs clearance mainly because of unavailability of vendor-appointed Customs House Agents, who typically coordinate customs clearance procedures with customs officers. For cargo that has been customs cleared, our team has made arrangements to load and deliver the containers to the terminal and will continue to do so, depending on the ability of the vendors’ Customs House Agents to arrange for customs clearance. The Customs House Agents are reluctant to go to work due to the strict restricted movement order currently in place. We are working closely with the relevant vendors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
  • On April 2nd, 2020, the government of Thailand announced a nightly nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am starting April 3rd, 2020 to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel, according to the statement shown to reporters.
  • The “lockdown” reported in Vietnam yesterday should be rephrased as strict social distancing measures. The referenced measures are to be in place for 15 days, starting from April 1st, 2020. The government has prohibited the gathering of more than 10 people outside offices, schools, and hospitals. Public transport, interstate transport, and domestic flights are also limited.

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, 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

On March 18th, 2020, the United States and Canada announced that they have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential traffic to confront the coronavirus pandemic, however commercial commerce and trade will not be affected. Similarly, the US-Mexico border was partially closed on March 20th, 2020; however, essential travels, such as, traveling for medical purposes, attending school or engaging in trade are still permitted. Relevant authorities have confirmed that commercial commerce and trade will not be affected.

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

  • 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. On March 11th, 2020, President Trump announced a travel ban into the United States for all visitors from Europe, effective for 30 days from Friday, March 13th, 2020. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the travel restriction will not affect or slow down cargo movements.
  • In the United States, it has also been reported that a build-up of empty containers is causing terminal congestion on the West Coast. To alleviate the situation and reposition empties, the 2M Alliance (MSC and Maersk) will be redeploying three large vessels from the Asia-Europe trades onto the transpacific trade lane. Each of the large vessels should be able to take around 6,000 empty TEUs on top of the usual US-outbound cargo load.
  • Several states in the U.S. have issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order, asking citizens to stay home and avoid unnecessary outings. The “stay-at-home” order not only restricts the movements of the public and mandates work from home arrangements, but also commands non-essential businesses to close. Currently, the “stay-at-home” order has been implemented in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • On March 31st, 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia extended its “stay-at-home” order through June 10th. All citizens must remain in their home, unless they have to go out for food and supplies, essential work, medical care and exercises. As such, Century staff located in our headquarter in Richmond, Virginia, will continue to work from home. As our BCP has prepared us for such scenarios, we confirm that there is no impact to our operations.
  • Our US team has reported that trucking operations remains as usual with possible delays in Seattle, Portland, Pendleton and Missoula due to heavy snowfall and gusty winds developed in the Cascades, Blue Mountain, and northern Rockies.
  • The Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore will be closed from March 30 -31. The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) said the closures were triggered by the production slowdown in China linked to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as current declines in international container volumes. According to a tweet from Ports America Chesapeake, “Food, goods, medical supplies, and medicine are continuing to come through Seagirt Marine Terminal each day, keeping distribution center inventories strong.”
  • There is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 by imported goods 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.”
  • On March 26th, 2020, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) released a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB Number: 09-20) that discussed the agency’s position on vessel inspections, exams, and documentation during the coronavirus pandemic. The notice refines USCG rules for vessels inspections calling for US ports. https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/MSIB%2009-20.pdf
  • On March 30th, 2020, the OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) issued a press release highlighting the importance of imports being pulled off terminals and unloaded in order to protect maritime and inland network fluidity. Keeping distributions centers and warehouses open and turning intermodal equipment is essential in this effort.
  • On March 29th, 2020, President Trump announced that the federal guidelines on social distancing will remain in place in the United States through April 30th.
  • On March 25th, 2020, the Port of Virginia received its first import of coronavirus tests and medical supplies. It is scheduled to receive three more containers this week, according to officials. A new critical cargo initiative was created to quickly move in-demand supplies from ships to their final destinations. These supplies include personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical industry, testing kits, and hand sanitizer.
  • Effective March 24th, 2020, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland will adjust their second-shift operating hours to provide time to disinfect terminal equipment between shifts. Until further notice, truck gate-in hours for the evening shift will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Terminal operators and the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) indicated the slight revision in the night shift hours should not result in operational disruptions at the ports. Please note that some shifts continue to be cut due to blank sailings.
  • 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.
  • The State of California announced on March 20th, 2020, that the state will remain under lockdown from March 20th through April 19th. While residents are advised to avoid all unnecessary outings, exceptions are made for trips to seek medical help, shop for necessities, get exercises and provide cares for people with medical conditions. Following the state’s policy, The California Trucking Association released a clarification statement, reassuring that the executive order exempts operation of “critical infrastructure sectors”, including transportation and logistics, as outlined in guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • As of March 20th, 2020, Port of Huston in Texas has re-opened Barbours Cut and Bayport Container terminals that were previously closed after two workers tested positive for COVID-19. Workers who tested positive reportedly had limited exposure with others. Those who came into contact with the worker are currently under self-isolation.
  • Canada has announced on March 16th, 2020 the new measures being implemented by the federal government in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among those measures, Canada will deny entry to non-citizens and non-permanent residents, with an exception for U.S. citizens, aircrews, diplomats, and immediate family members of Canadians. The government is also restricting international flights to four airports (Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver). On March 23rd, 2020, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada have ordered all “non-essential workplaces” to shut down by 11:59 p.m. March 24th, 2020.

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.

  • Chile has declared a 90-day state catastrophe as a step-up of the government’s actions to combat the COVID-19 epidemic on March 18th, 2020. A series of measures including the restriction of meetings in public areas and ensuring the distribution of basic goods and services will take effect. The country has closed borders to all non-resident foreigners starting March 18th, 2020. Our local office is working remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios and has confirmed that there is no impact to or restrictions on ocean port, customs, and container depots. However, the flow of cargo will be impacted as some airlines (Latam) in Chile have started to cancel international flights (cargo & passengers) as demand collapsed and countries shut down borders due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Peru has announced that it would close its border for at least 15 days from March 16th, 2020 after declaring a state of emergency on March 15th, 2020. The measure includes the cancellation of all international commercial flights to the country. Cargoes will not be affected by the border closures. Century’s Peru office is working remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios.
  • Brazil announced on March 20th, 2020, that all land borders with its neighboring countries will be closed for 14 days, with the exception of Uruguay to the south. As of March 25th, 2020, the vote to strike at Santos port in Brazil has been called off, after the Brazilian union representing 5,000 autonomous dock workers met with government officials to discuss compensation and additional protection for workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Europe

Countries and territories across the world have imposed travel restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic. The European Union’s external borders will be closed to non-essential travel for 30 days as of March 17th, 2020 to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the closure of individual country borders, some delays have been reported for cross-border trucking. Most notably, there are trucking queues over 10 km long crossing from Slovakia to Hungary as well as crossing from Hungary to Romania.

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.

  • On March 30th, 2020, Italy extended its nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Permission is required for essential travels. The lockdown is expected to last through mid-April. Our local office is following up on the situation and we will provide updates as applicable. Despite a nationwide lockdown, a majority of Italian shipping companies have reportedly rolled out business continuity plans to maintain normal operations. No significant impacts have been reported at Italian ports so far. As of March 19th, 2020, our local office in Italy reported that load and unload will be delayed in our warehouses in Genoa, Livorno, and La Spezia due to shortage of manpower. While carrier schedules and ports remain unaffected, ports in the above-mentioned areas are processing slower than usual due to labor shortage as well. On March 25th, 2020, The Italian Ports Association indicated that ports in Italy are fully operational, and that they are committed to ensuring the safety of cargo and crew members. As of April 1st, 2020, our staff based in Italy reported that while warehouse services were deemed essential by the government, our warehouses in Genoa, Livorno, and La Spezia are working with impacted productivity due to limited manpower. Having put the entire country under travel restriction since mid-March, export air freights in Italy are still impacted and rates are at all-time-high for inbound air cargoes. As for carrier schedules, carriers are generally beginning to blank sailing from the Far East to Europe.
  • France has extended lockdown measures until April 15 to combat the spread of the coronavirus. President Emmanuel Macron was clear that this was a minimum and it could be extended. He added that the same rules will continue to apply during the extended lockdown period.has strengthened its precautionary measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, requiring Ccitizens are required to stay home and avoid unnecessary outings. The 15-day mandatory lockdown that took effect on, effective from March 17th, 2020, will allow citizens to only leave the home to shop for food and necessities, take care of sick patients, and get physical activity. Exceptions are also allowed for people whose professional activities are essential and cannot be performed remotely.
  • Spain announced on 22nd March, 2020, that the state of emergency has been extended through April 11th, 2020. The measure has placed the nation on lockdown until further notice and restricts the movements of its citizens. People can only leave their homes to buy food, seek medical help, go to work, or handle emergencies. On March 29th, 2020, the Spanish government has tightened its lockdown measures to slow down the coronavirus. Effective from March 30th, people are banned from commuting to work, unless they are employed in sectors that provide essential services.
  • Portugal has announced a 15-day state of emergency on March 19th, 2020. With 95% of staff working from home, our local office confirmed that ports remain operational. However, please note that our warehouse in Porto is working at 50% capacity. As of April 1st, 2020, our staff in Portugal reported that there are minimal delays within Portugal due to difficulty in border crossings. All passenger flights have been cancelled; however, the route between Portugal and Shenzhen will continue to be operational for aid cargoes. Besides, carriers are being overbooked, which has created rollovers.
  • The United Kingdom has not announced any plans for border shutdown yet, but our local office will be working from home following government’s suggestions. Although there are no significant impacts to trucking services, port operations and carrier schedules, our warehouses located in Felixstowe and Southampton are operating slower than normal yet still operational. As of April 1st, a ban of passenger flights from landing in the United Kingdom through April 14th was reported by our local staff. Spaces are also limited on cargo flights and have led to inflated air freight rates. Besides, carriers are announcing cancellations and equipment shortage notices are being sent to shippers.
  • The Netherlands has extended the ban on public gatherings through 1st June, 2020, in efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. After the stricter measures announced by the Dutch government, the Port of Rotterdam reaffirmed that full operations will be maintained at the port.
  • Turkey announced on March 27th, 2020, that in order to minimize the risks of imported COVID-19 cases, all international flights will be barred from landing in the country. As of April 1st, our agent office in Turkey is still open as usual, but it will consider flexible working hours while waiting for government to announce further mobility restrictions. A delay in air cargoes was also reported due to a reduced number of workers.

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 

Most of Australia is effectively in lockdown, with a number of states having introduced new regulations to keep people at home. The Australian government has tightened physical distancing restrictions, but how they are applied will be determined by each state.

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

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

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

Ports

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

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


Bangladesh 

On March 31st, 2020, Bangladesh further extended its general holiday through April 11th. The government is referring to the nationwide shutdown as general holiday, and it has ordered all public and private sectors to remain closed during the holiday period.

Carriers, CFS, customs and truckers are operating with limited manpower. Please expect delays in releasing OBL/Surrendered BL by some Carrier/NVOCC due to the general holiday. We will reach out to your vendors to follow carrier’s instructions.

Century Office: The Government has requested people not to go out of their home and Century’s Bangladesh office will continue to work remotely from home under our BCP for these scenarios. Please expect delay in Documents scanning/update though the team will endeavor to keep operation running as smoothly as possible under the situation.

Air Cargo: Most of the international and domestic passenger flights are suspended through April 7th, 2020. However, routes between Bangladesh and China, Thailand, Hong Kong as well as the United Kingdom will continue to be operational.

Ports: Container congestion is feared at Chittagong port as the number of containers at the port yard is increasing significantly since the importers are taking delivery of containers slowly as the country is going through a general holiday from March 26 till April 4 to curb the spread of coronavirus. Though the situation at the port is under control as it still has enough space, it can change because of the poor delivery. If transport of container to Dhaka ICD through railway cannot be done due to capacity issue, then they would occupy space in the port.

Trucking: Our local staff has reported that although logistics personnel are waived, transportation is available with limited capacity as drivers are reluctant to go out of home due to own safety measures.

Factories: As of March 26th, 2020, the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has urged the owners to consider closing their factories as the nation is fighting to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Factories continue to be operational until now with necessary precautions taken, but we are monitoring the situation closely.


Cambodia

Cambodia has announced a 30-day suspension of foreigners traveling into the country from the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Span, effective March 17th, 2020, according to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

Century Office: Starting from March 30th, 2020, 50% of staff members in our office in Cambodia will be working from home as a precautionary measure.

Trucking:

  • On March 25th, 2020, 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.


China 

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

On March 24th, 2020, local authorities of Hubei province the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak has announced to lift outbound travel restrictions on April 8th, 2020. However, the ease of restriction will only apply to travelers with a “green code” on mobile phone application designed to track the movements and health status of China’s population. Authorities said business operations would resume but gave no timetable.

As of March 26th, 2020, China has announced a travel ban on all foreign nationals due to the increasing number of imported cases of COVID-19 in China. Effective from midnight, March 28th, all foreign visitors will be denied entry to China. Exceptions will be given to people traveling to China for business activities, as well as individuals with diplomatic, service, and courtesy visas. Additionally, C Visas issued to crewmembers working on board of international trains, airliners or vessels will not be affected by the travel ban.

We have kept only the latest developments in China on this page. For more information regarding the operating status in China, including ongoing government measures relevant to supply chain, please visit https://www.cds-net.com/novel-coronavirus-china-operating-status/.

Air Cargo: Except for Wuhan airport, all other Chinese airports are operating as usual. Oversea airlines have suspended most passenger flights to/from China.

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

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

Other Operations: Carriers, terminals, container depots and customs are working with limited manpower and lowered productivity. While people are still prohibited from going out, application for work resumption is now open but will be subject to government’s approval.


Hong Kong 

Hong Kong has expanded quarantine restrictions from March 19th, 2020 to prevent further spread of the COVID-19. All visitors entering the city will be put under a two-week quarantine and medical surveillance.

Hong Kong government announced that effective from March 25th, 2020, all non-Hong Kong citizens will be prohibited from entering or transferring via Hong Kong. Individuals arriving from arriving from mainland China, Macau or Taiwan are still permitted to enter Hong Kong, if they had not been abroad in the past 14 days. However, such individuals will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Century Office: Our local Hong Kong office is working remotely from home activating our BCP for these scenarios.

Trucking: Cross-border truck drivers warned on April 2nd, 2020, of a shortage of mainland imports as authorities in Shenzhen further tighten border controls in view of the coronavirus pandemic, requiring drivers to provide proof of their health status when entering, RTHK reports. The Hong Kong Land Transport Council cited mainland authorities as saying that the new restriction would take effect from Saturday.


India

As of March 24th, 2020, the Indian government announced a full nation-wide lockdown for a minimum of 21 days. Effective from midnight, March 25th, all citizens are required to stay home. While essential services such as groceries and municipal services will be operational, shops, commercial establishments, factories and other non-essential businesses are required to stay closed. Public transportation, including interstate buses and metros, as well as construction activities will also be suspended during the lockdown.

Port operation have slowed down, and the movement of imports and exports are impacted due to shortage of drivers. The nationwide curfew has impacted carrier, CFS, factory operations as well as trucking and transportation. Please expect shipment delays from this origin due to the lockdown situation.

Century Office: Local Century staff in India are all performing duties from home under government directives and leveraging our BCP for such scenarios.

Air Cargo: All international and domestic passenger flights remain suspended until April 14th, 2020 and could be extended. The Indian Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has however excluded international cargo operations and certain flights which have prior approval from DGCA.

Ports:

  • Our staff reported that ports at Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Tuticorin / Cochin and Kolkata remain operational. On March 24th, 2020, that the Ministry of Shipping has declared the Nhava Sheva port as an essential service. Hence, port operations and transport movement are not to be stopped. Port operation have slowed down and the movement of imports and exports are impacted due to shortage of drivers.
  • As of March 24th, 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.
  • On March 26th, 2020, several Indian ports, such as Mundra Port and Dhamra Port, declared force majeure after India’s countrywide lockdown. While the declaration of force majeure does not affect port operations, please note that the liability of any delays, cargo damages, accidents and other unforeseeable events will not fall on the port operator while force majeure is in effect.
  • On March 31st, 2020, following several ports declaring force majeure, the Indian government has asked ports across the country not to levy demurrage and other charges for delays and other unexpected operational issues caused by India’s nationwide lockdown until April 14th.
    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:

  • Few CFS are already at full capacity with imports.
  • Customs are working with limited staff.
  • On April 2nd, 2020, Century’s India team has reported congestion at our Chennai CFS due to cargo pending for Customs clearance mainly because of unavailability of vendor-appointed Customs House Agents, who typically coordinate customs clearance procedures with customs officers. For cargo that has been customs cleared, our team has made arrangements to load and deliver the containers to the terminal and will continue to do so, depending on the ability of the vendors’ Customs House Agents to arrange for customs clearance. The Customs House Agents are reluctant to go to work due to the strict restricted movement order currently in place. We are working closely with the relevant vendors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Trucking: Our local staff in India reported that import and export movements to and from ports have been reduced due to the shortage of drivers. Transportation has been impacted due to driver shortages and cargo movement restrictions as most states are under lockdown.

Factories: Almost all factories have been shut as most of the workers are migrants and have left for their hometowns. Please expect a partial delay in cargo delivery as some factories will be closed during this time.


Indonesia 

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has requested all Indonesians to work from home from March 15th, 2020.

As of March 20th, 2020, the Indonesian government announced that free visa, visa-on-arrival, and diplomatic visas will be suspended for a month. Any foreigners to enter Indonesia must re-submit their visa application with a complete health certificate to their local embassies. In addition to temporarily renewing their visa exemption policy, Indonesia will continue to ban travelers who have visited China, Italy, Vatican City, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, as well as several cities in Iran and South Korea from entering.

Century Office:

  • Under the current situation, Century’s Indonesia office has made arrangements to work remotely, activating our BCP for these scenarios.
  • As of March 30th, 2020, there has been news circulating that the Indonesian government will impose regional lockdowns in coming weeks. In order to maintain normal operations and comply with government’s guidelines on social distancing, an additional working space has been rented in another building for our local staff. Both offices are equipped with necessary tools that allow staff to perform duties as usual.

Air Cargo:

At the moment, the work from home measures and banning of face-to-face customs services have not had any impact to product flow.

  • 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.


Malaysia 

Malaysia has extended the Restricted Movement Order through April 14th, 2020, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The nationwide lockdown will shut its borders to travelers and ban travels outside the country. Schools and universities will be closed during the restricted movement order. Businesses must shut down except for markets and shops that sell daily necessities.

Our local office has confirmed that there is no impact to business at the moment. Transportations, forwarding agents and port operations will remain open and working as usual. However, please expect a partial delay in cargo delivery as factories will be closed during this time.

Century Office: Century’s local team in Malaysia remains operational with 50% of staff working in the office while the remainder work from home. Staff are able to work remotely under our BCP arrangements for such scenarios.

Ports: The congestion in Port Klang, Port of Penang, and Johor Port in Malaysia has been cleared after the local government eased the restriction on cargo movement on March 27th.


Myanmar 

As of April 1st, 2020, our staff in Myanmar confirmed that there is no impact on port, transportation, and factories so far.

Century Office: The Myanmar government has ordered all companies to make work from home arrangements for at least 50% of their staff every day. As such, our local office in Myanmar has made arrangements for staff to work from home on a rotational basis under government directives. Our BCP has been leveraged for such scenarios.

Air Cargo: As of March 30th, 2020, the government of Myanmar announced the landing of all international commercial passenger flights will be banned for two weeks, starting from midnight on March 31st. In addition, Myanmar will suspend visa exemptions and stop issuing all types of visas through April 30th.

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


Pakistan 

In Pakistan, Sindh province in particular, has decided to impose a 15-day lockdown in the province on March 22nd, 2020.

Our staff working from home confirmed that there has been no impact to operation at ports. However, please expect a delay in production as carrier staff, CFS workers, truckers, as well as factory workers are required to stay home during the lockdown period.

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


Philippines

Announced on March 16th, 2020, the nation’s capital, Luzon Island will be under “Enhanced Community Quarantine” effective at midnight on March 17th, 2020 until midnight of April 13th, 2020. Residents are encouraged to stay at home and mass public transport facilities shall be suspended.

Century Office: Century’s team in the Philippines will be working from home from March 16th, 2020 through April 12th, 2020, leveraging our BCP for these scenarios.

Air Cargo: The Philippines has announced on March 13th, 2020 that, a suspension of land and domestic air and sea travels to and from Metropolitan Manila will take effect from March 15th, 2020 through April 14th, 2020. Authorities have confirmed that domestic cargo shipments are exempt from the travel restrictions.

Ports / CFS / Customs:

  • Our CFS staff will continue to accept and load cargoes as scheduled. Movement of cargoes to and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered.
  • As of March 24th, 2020, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) building will be closed until further notice for disinfection, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities have confirmed that the isolated case will not affect the normal operations at the building.
  • As of March 31st, 2020, a congestion has been reported at the Port of Manila due to overstaying cargoes and shortage of labor. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said in a statement that there is not enough breathing space at the moment, and if the congestion worsens, a shutdown of Manila port terminals is possible. We will continue to monitor the situation. Any changes to shipment schedules will be communicated through VMS® messages.

Factories: Our local office has reported that some vendors have closed due to the current lockdown while others continue operation with skeleton staff on duty or working from home. Please expect a partial delay in cargo delivery as some factories will be closed during this time.


Singapore 

Singapore announced in early February that vessels having entered Chinese ports in the last 14 days must submit crew health declaration forms 24 hours in advance.

The government has impose social distancing measures to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre is maintained in non-transient settings such as at coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping malls.


South Korea

South Korea declared the Daegu and Cheongdo cities as “special care zones” on February 21st, 2020 and encouraged residents in those area to stay at home.

As of now, there has been no major impact to supply chain operations throughout the country, including road traffic and warehouse operations.

Century Office: Century’s local team in Korea remains operational with staff going to the office on a rotational basis. 50% of staff work in the office at any given time while the remainder work from home.

Ports:

  • A congestion at Port of Busan in South Korea has been reported as of March 6th, 2020, as containers originally scheduled to go to Chinese ports were diverted to Busan. Although the container yard occupancy and overall operational efficiencies are now reportedly improving, the congestion at Busan Port has caused impacts to shipments between Asia and North America, resulting in shipment cancellations and rescheduling in Western Canada and the US east coast respectively. Moreover, the congestion has also led to the cancellation of shuttle service between Tomakomai, Hokkaido and Busan, as well as the delays of ONE’s New Zealand-Japan string.
  • Due to the situation, carriers are planning blank sailings in early March and our team is working with them to load cargoes on alternate services to ensure minimal impacts or freight delays. Any changes to shipment schedules will be communicated through VMS® messages.

Sri Lanka

Announced on March 25th, 2020, the nationwide curfew imposed in Sri Lanka will continue to be in force until further notice.

On the same day, the government of Sri Lanka also announced that Colombo/ Gampaha and Puttlam districts are now classified as “high-risk zones” and are under curfew until further notice. Similarly, the rest of Sri Lanka will be under curfew through 6 am, March 27th.

Our local staff has confirmed that while ports maintain normal operations, the nationwide curfew has impacted carrier, customs, factory operations as well as trucking and transportation.

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

Air Cargo: On March 29th, 2020, the Sri Lankan government extended the ban on arrivals of international commercial passenger flights through April 7th. However, departures flights and inbound aircraft with cargo will not be restricted by the ban.

Ports / CFS:

  • 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.
  • Having obtained approval from the police, our CFS in Sri Lanka is operating from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Our staff at the CFS are consolidating cargoes that were earlier delivered to the warehouse and continuing to accept cargo deliveries during the aforementioned period.

Factories: As all factories continue to remain closed during the curfew and only very few staff involved in packing are still working, please expect a delay in production and delivery.


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.


Thailand

Thailand’s prime minister has declared a nation-wide state of emergency to fight coronavirus pandemic, effective from March 25 mid-night until April 30. Thailand will close borders to foreign visitors, ban social gatherings, and restrict domestic travel.

The traditional Thai New Year holiday, usually held from April 13-15, will be postponed until later in the year.

On April 2nd, 2020, the government of Thailand announced a nightly nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am starting April 3rd, 2020 to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel, according to the statement shown to reporters.

No supply chain impacts have been reported and all major suppliers have also confirmed that they are operating as usual. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as applicable.

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

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.


Vietnam

The “lockdown” reported in Vietnam yesterday should be rephrased as strict social distancing measures. The referenced measures are to be in place for 15 days, starting from April 1st, 2020. The government has prohibited the gathering of more than 10 people outside offices, schools, and hospitals. Public transport, interstate transport, and domestic flights are also limited.

Vietnam has announced on March 18th, 2020, that their government will stop issuing new visas for foreigners and will impose a mandatory quarantine for all travelers arriving from the United States, Europe, as well as ASEAN countries. The restriction is expected to be in place for 15 to 30 days.

Century Office: As a preventive measure, the number of staff working in Century Vietnam’s office will be reduced by 50%. Staff are able to work remotely under our BCP arrangements for such scenarios.

Trucking:

  • Having obtained approval from the police, our CFS in Sri Lanka is operating from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Our staff at the CFS are consolidating cargoes that were earlier delivered to the warehouse and continuing to accept cargo deliveries during the aforementioned period.

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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