14.02.2020

Coronavirus slows down logistics in China

A large number of office staff in China are still working from the home office due to the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, manufacturing is low because many factory workers have not been able to return to workplace. Below is a brief update by each transport mode.

Air freight

Finnair has cancelled its flights between Mainland China and Finland until 28 March 2020 due to a drastic fall in demand. The still operate Helsinki-Hong Kong routing with a daily connection. So far, it is possible to arrange urgent shipments from for example Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Xiamen via Hong Kong. There are also some alternative routing options available.

Ocean and rail

Most February vessel departures have been cancelled. Next sailings are planned from the beginning of March but there can be further delays to schedules if there is not enough container cargo to be shipped out.

Moreover, rail schedules have been postponed from February to March.

Trucking within China

Apart from the Hubei Province most highways are open for traffic. However, there are frequent controls at toll stations where truck drivers are subject to a temperature check to obtain a permit to drive to the factories. Drivers with identity cards from the badly affected coronavirus areas are not allowed to drive to factories. This will result in shortages in manpower, delays in pick-ups and deliveries and increased trucking costs.

I case of urgent shipments to or from China kindly contact Varova sales or traffic operations.