Latest Update on COVID-19 Virus Situation as of May 10, 2022

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

Key changes to the situation are as follows:

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

  • Toronto, the largest city in Canada, has ended the municipal state of emergency against COVID-19 imposed on March 23, 2020. However, the end of the declaration does not change current COVID-19 regulations, which are still in place. Masks continue to be required in indoor public settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, and public transit.
  • In light of the decreased spread of infection and decreased morbidity in Israel, incoming travelers will no longer be required to undergo PCR test upon landing at Ben-Gurion Airport from May 20. However, travelers would still have to take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of departure for Israel.
  • On May 9th, China tightened pandemic restrictions in Shanghai and expanded a mass testing sweep in Beijing to reach the target of “zero cases at the community level”. Shanghai port is currently operating with reduced productivity as a number of trucks are unable to pick up and return containers due to the blocked highways, as well as the ongoing mass testing in the city. The operations in some of our warehouses have gradually resumed, however, other warehouses in Shanghai remain closed until future notice from the local government. The feasibility of customer requests will be reviewed case-by-case due to the current traffic control in the city. Century teams in Shanghai are performing their usual duties remotely and remain reachable via e-mail or VMS®. Please refer to our latest publication on the pandemic situation in China.
  • As local COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Hong Kong, the second phase of the government’s loosening of social distancing measures will begin on May 19th. Bars, party rooms, and karaoke parlors are set to resume operations while restaurants will be allowed to open until midnight. Our local office is open with rotation shift schedules by 3 teams, while the remainder work from home performing their usual duties remotely.
  • As daily COVID-19 cases continue to fall, the Philippine government has placed more areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, the lowest of 5 pandemic levels, from May 3 to 15. Metro Manila has been placed under Alert Level 1 since March 1. Under Alert Level 1, all public venues, offices, and public transportation are allowed to operate at full capacity. We confirm there is no operational impact, and our local team is maintaining normal operations in the office.
  • As COVID-19 cases dropped drastically nationwide, Vietnam has suspended the application for domestic health declarations, required for domestic travel, and entry to public places such as restaurants, from April 30th, throughout the country. Since April 28th, international arrivals entering Vietnam are no longer required to submit health declaration forms. Our local office has confirmed there is no operational impact, and our teams are maintaining normal operations in the office.

Global Origin Operating Status

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

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

Please see below key supply chain impacts by region.


North America

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

The United States will reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated travelers from November. Foreign nationals must present proof of vaccination documents to enter the country.

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

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, has ended the municipal state of emergency against COVID-19 imposed on March 23, 2020. However, the end of the declaration does not change current COVID-19 regulations, which are still in place. Masks continue to be required in indoor public settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, and public transit.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Trucking: Our local staff in North America has confirmed that there is no significant impact to supply chain operation at the moment.


United States of America

Effective December 6th, 2021, all air travelers arriving in the United States are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure, regardless of vaccination status. Previously, a negative COVID-19 taken within three days of departure was required.

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

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

Ports:

  • The United States allows vessels that have passed through Chinese ports in the last 14 days into ports provided that the crew are healthy. However, crew members having visited major virus-impacted countries must stay on the vessels until they have been fully vetted.
  • As shared via a Century News Update last week, operations are very slow at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in California due to labor shortage. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the unprecedented increase in container ship traffic, vessels are experiencing 7-8 hour congestion delays. Please continue to check your latest shipment status on VMS®.

Trucking:

  • The United States will reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated travelers from November. Foreign nationals must present proof of vaccination documents to enter the country.
  • In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the hours-of-service emergency declaration through May 31st, 2021, which applies to drivers in all 50 states who are transporting emergency supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Spot rates for domestic trucking in the US have climbed significantly, as retailers race to restock shelves amidst consumer panic buying. The Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI) is at just over 12,483, which is the highest point in its 3-year history.

Customs/ CFS/ Carriers:  Our local staff in North America has confirmed that there is no significant impact to operation at the moment.

Other Information: 

  • To keep trade flows open in the global fight against COVID-19, port authorities in 20 counties from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America have signed an agreement. The declaration was first initiated by Singapore and calls for port authorities to collaborate and work together to ensure that port operations can remain undisrupted for safe handling of cargoes and keep the global supply chain going.
  • The Port of Seattle will provide rent relief for tenants and customers throughout its maritime and landside properties, including office, retail, and restaurants, along with recreational and commercial moorage. For businesses impacted by COVID-19, their rent payments, and other port fees from April through July will be deferred for four months. As for vessel moorage customers, the Port will defer moorage payments and other fees from April through June for three months.
  • As stated on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, at the moment, “there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods”, so the concern for anything shipped from overseas is low thus far. But with goods shipped domestically, the CDC website says that the coronavirus can “remain viable for hours to days on surfaces from a variety of materials”.

Latin America

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


Argentina 

Following the decision to open the country’s land borders to its neighboring nations, the Argentinian government announced that all fully-vaccinated foreign travelers will be allowed to make a quarantine-free visit to the country from November 1st, 2021. Eligible travelers must have received both doses of the approved vaccines at least two weeks before their trip and must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours upon arrival.

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

On October 1st, 2021, the Chilean government lifted the nightly curfew that was in place for over a year and a half and started allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors to enter the country.

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

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

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

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


El Salvador 

The government of El Salvador has further delayed the second phase of reopening the economy and easing COVID-19 restrictions until further notice, following a continued rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections. The second phase had previously been postponed and initially set to begin on July 7th and would allow public transportation, business services, manufacturers, and some industries and restaurants to reopen.

Air Cargo: On August 24th, 2020, the government of El Salvador announced that Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport will be reopened to international passenger flights from September 19th. The flow of air cargo has been impacted as cargo space is tight, impacting rates.

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


Guatemala

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

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

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


Honduras

The Government of Honduras has lifted the national nightly curfew. However, proof of vaccination must be presented when staying outdoor after 10 pm local time. Bars, nightclubs, and concert halls remain closed and public celebrations remain prohibited.

Century Office: Our local office is maintaining normal operation.

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

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

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


Mexico 

Currently, Mexico has eased the nationwide lockdown and the federal government has approved some industries to return to work, including construction, mining, and automotive manufacturing.

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

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


Peru

The Peruvian government has extended the state of emergency through the end of October. Regional curfews will remain in place based on classification of Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme risk level. Wearing of face masks will continue to be required in public areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Europe

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

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


France

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

Air Cargo:

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

Germany

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

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


Italy

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

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

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

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


Netherlands

The Netherlands, under a strict lockdown for the past two weeks, will reopen schools as planned on January 10th, despite infections remaining high.

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 resumed.


Poland

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


Portugal

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

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

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

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

Carriers: Vessels are mainly on schedule with small delays.


Spain

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

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

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


Turkey

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

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

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


United Kingdom

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to lift England’s remaining domestic COVID-19 measures within weeks. As part of the “Living with COVID plan”, individuals testing positive for the coronavirus are no longer legally required to self-isolate and the government will also end routine contact tracing.

The British government has removed all remaining COVID-19 restrictions for international travelers from March 18. Individuals entering the United Kingdom, including those who do not qualify as vaccinated, will no longer be required to take tests or complete a passenger locator form.

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

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

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

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

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


Middle East

Egypt 

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

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

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


Israel

In light of the decreased spread of infection and decreased morbidity in Israel, incoming travelers will no longer be required to undergo PCR test upon landing at Ben-Gurion Airport from May 20. However, travelers would still have to take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of departure for Israel.

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

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

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


Oman

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

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

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

Carriers: Carriers are working with skeleton staff.

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

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


United Arab Emirates

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

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

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

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

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

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


Asia Pacific

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


Australia 

New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia and home to Sydney, has further relaxed the restrictions for fully vaccinated residents from November 8, 2021. The government will no longer restrict the numbers of individuals allowed for social gatherings. Previously, the state had lifted the travel restrictions between greater Sydney and the other parts of the state.

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 

In Bangladesh, the previous lockdown has been lifted and there are no COVID-19 restrictions at the moment. Factories, shops, malls, public transport, offices, and financial institutions can maintain in-person operations with health guidelines in place. Our local team has confirmed that there is no impact to supply chain operations.

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

Air Cargo:

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

Ports:

  • As of April 24th, 2020, the Chittagong Port Authority and the government of Bangladesh have released more details to clear the severe congestion at Chittagong Port. All types of imported containers can now be shifted and stored at private land depots through June 30th. Under normal conditions, only limited types of imported containers are allowed to be directly shifted to the ICDs.

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

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


Cambodia

In Cambodia, there are no COVID-19 restrictions at the moment, but the social distancing order and mask mandate will stay in place. Our Phnom Penh office is open as usual and we confirm there is no supply chain impact.

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

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

Trucking:

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

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

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


China 

·       On May 9th, China tightened pandemic restrictions in Shanghai and expanded a mass testing sweep in Beijing to reach the target of “zero cases at the community level”. Shanghai port is currently operating with reduced productivity as a number of trucks are unable to pick up and return containers due to the blocked highways, as well as the ongoing mass testing in the city. The operations in some of our warehouses have gradually resumed, however, other warehouses in Shanghai remain closed until future notice from the local government. The feasibility of customer requests will be reviewed case-by-case due to the current traffic control in the city. Please refer to our latest publication on the pandemic situation in China.

Century Office: Our local office in Shanghai is in Puxi and will remain closed until the lockdown for the building is lifted. We have enacted our BCP policy and all staff are performing their usual duties remotely.


Hong Kong 

As local COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Hong Kong, the second phase of the government’s loosening of social distancing measures will begin on May 19th. Bars, party rooms, and karaoke parlors are set to resume operations while restaurants will be allowed to open until midnight.

Century Office: Our local office is open with rotation shift schedules by 3 teams, while the remainder work from home performing their usual duties remotely.

Air Cargo: In addition, the government has extended the ban on incoming flights from eight countries, including the United States and Britain, and imposed one on Nepal through March 4th.

Trucking: As Hong Kong battles to contain the fifth-wave outbreak, suspension of the cross-border (HK – CN) trucking services are expected. Trucker availability remains low due to quarantine and daily Covid-testing requirements. In addition, some “site codes”, which are required for Hong Kong trucks to pick up or deliver cargo in China have become invalid.


India

India has resumed international flights from March 27, after over two years of pandemic-induced ban on air travel. Vaccinated international travelers are no longer subject to any COVID-testing or quarantine requirements upon arrival.

Century Office: All Century offices in India are maintaining normal operations in the office.

Air Cargo:

  • The government of India has extended the ban on international passenger flights through September 30th, 2021. However, flights to/from countries under India’s “Transport Bubbles” arrangements will be allowed to operate. Cargo flights and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are exempt from the suspension.
  • After a two-month suspension to curb the spread of the coronavirus, domestic flight operations in India will resume from May 25th, 2020. According to a tweet by the Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the recommencement of domestic flights will happen in a calibrated manner, and all airports and airlines are being informed. Standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines for passenger movement will be issued separately by the Minister of Civil Aviation.

Ports:

  • Our local team has confirmed that there has been no disruption in port operations and loading and discharge operations are working as normal. However, shipments and production may be delayed due to the labor reduction in factories and warehouses. Should your shipments be impacted, our team will keep you posted via VMS® and escalate any carrier space issues as well.

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

CFS / Customs:

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

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

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


Indonesia 

The Indonesian government has further extended the public mobility restrictions (also commonly known as PPKM) in Java and Bali through April 18. We confirm there is no major supply chain impact at the moment.

Century Office: Our Jakarta teams will continue to work from home under our BCP policy.

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.

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


Japan

Japan has further relaxed its border restrictions from March 14th. The government has increased the limits on new arrivals from 5,000 to 7,000 people per day and will raise to 10,000 starting April 1st. Foreign residents, business travelers, and foreign students with a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of departure will be allowed to enter Japan. While fully vaccinated individuals arriving from non-designated places will have quarantine-free access to Japan, those coming from countries where the Omicron variant is “more dominant” will have to quarantine at home or an airport hotel for 3 to 7 days, depending on their booster shot status. As the number of new COVID-19 infections continues to drop, the government is considering lifting the current quasi-state of emergency in place in 18 prefectures, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The emergency measures that put restrictions on the business hours of restaurants and bars and request that the public refrain from nonessential travel between prefectures are set to expire on March 21st. We confirm there is no impact to supply chain operations.

Century Office: Our local office is open at 25% capacity with the remainder working from home.


Malaysia 

From April 1, Malaysia will fully reopen its international borders and allow quarantine-free travel for all visitors that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Century Office: All Century offices in Malaysia are open as usual.

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


Myanmar 

Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry has announced that the ban on foreign visitors and the issuance of all types of visas will be extended until the end of 2021.

Century Office: The Century Yangon office is maintaining normal operations in the office.

Air Cargo:

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

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

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


Pakistan 

With the improved COVID-19 situation, there are no supply chain impacts or COVID-19 restrictions in Pakistan.

Century Office: Our Karachi team is maintaining normal operations in the office.

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

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

Ports/ CFS/ Customs: As of June 16th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to operation at the moment.

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

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

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


Philippines

As daily COVID-19 cases continue to fall, the Philippine government has placed more areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, the lowest of 5 pandemic levels, from May 3 to 15. Metro Manila has been placed under Alert Level 1 since March 1. Under Alert Level 1, all public venues, offices, and public transportation are allowed to operate at full capacity. We confirm there is no operational impact.

Century Office: Our local team is maintaining normal operations in the office.

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

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

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


Singapore

Singapore announced it will reopen its international borders to all fully vaccinated travelers on April 1. Incoming travelers will be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within two days before entering Singapore. There will be no limitation on the number of daily arrivals.

Century Office: Our local office is open as usual.

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

As COVID-19 figures have trended downwards, South Korea has reopened borders to allow fully vaccinated travelers from all countries to enter without quarantine from April 1. However, a negative coronavirus test is still required for entry. Our local team has confirmed there is no impact to supply chains.

Century Office: Our office is maintaining normal operations in the office.

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

In Sri Lanka, the previous curfew, lockdown, and the ban on inter-provincial travel were gradually lifted in October. Business operations have resumed with health guidelines in place. Our local team has confirmed there is no impact to supply chain operations.

Century Office: Our office is open at 25% capacity with the remainder working from home as a precaution following our BCP.

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

With the COVID-19 situation under control in Taiwan, the Level 2 epidemic alert has expired. From March 1st, several COVID-19 measures have been relaxed, including exemption of mask mandate when driving alone or with family members in a car, exercising indoors or outdoors, or taking individual or group photos. Taiwan has also shortened the mandatory quarantine for all arrivals from 14 days to 10, in addition to a week of self-monitoring. We confirm there is no impact to supply chain operations.

Century Office: Our local team is maintaining normal operations in the office.

Ports/ Customs/ CFS/ Carriers/ Air Cargo/ Trucking: As of June 12th, 2020, our local staff has confirmed that there is no impact to ports, customs, CFS, carriers, air cargo and trucking at the moment.


Thailand

From April 1, Thailand has lifted all quarantine requirements for international travelers. Fully vaccinated travelers to Thailand can apply for a quarantine-free entry visa and no longer require pre-travel PCR testing. While pre-travel testing and quarantine have been scrapped, all arrivals will still have to take a PCR test once they’ve landed and an antigen test on the fifth day after entry. Our local team has confirmed that there is no major impact to supply chain operations in Thailand at the moment.

Century Office: Our Bangkok office is open with 25% capacity and the remainder working from home.

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

Air Cargo: The ban on all international passenger flights into Thailand remains in force. However, few depart flights, cargo and medical relief flights will be exempt. Domestic flights have resumed operation as of May 1st, 2020, with strict health controls and social distancing protocol in place.

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

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


Vietnam

As COVID-19 cases dropped drastically nationwide, Vietnam has suspended the application for domestic health declarations, required for domestic travel, and entry to public places such as restaurants, from April 30th, throughout the country. Since April 28th, international arrivals entering Vietnam are no longer required to submit health declaration forms. Our local office has confirmed there is no operational impact.

Century Office: Our teams are maintaining normal operations in the office.

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

Trucking:

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

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

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


Business Continuity Plan

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

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

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

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

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