Update on Covid-19 outbreak and changes to daily business
*Latest news are marked with asterisks*
30 March 2020
Dear valued customer,
As a global company we are continuously monitoring the Covid-19 situation. Our aim is to keep you updated as good as possible.
All our offices are up and running, for health reasons many of our employees are working remotely and ensure continued services.
To find out about the latest developments regarding the impact of Covid-19 on local logistics, please contact your local Röhlig representative.
Beside multiple countries having closed their national borders and shutting down public life, the European Union has decided to ban non-EU travelers for 30 days. This will cause additional challenges for air traffic to and from Europe. In addition, intensified controls at several European borders cause delays in both air freight and land transport.
Travel restrictions upon Europe, recently imposed by the United States, are influencing capacities in air cargo.
The ongoing spread of the Coronavirus in Canada and Mexico is leading to travel restrictions and therfore limited available capacity in the market.
Countries such as Argentina and Bolivia have closed their borders. Bolivia has extended the quarantine until Wednesday, April 15th.
Australia and New Zealand have closed their borders to non-residents: Due to many cancelled flights Airfreight space is limited. New Zealand will effectively putting the country into lockdown for four weeks, until Wednesday, April 22nd.
In China, the situation continues to stabilize and we do expect a business recovery by end of March. The lockdown of Wuhan city will end by April 8th.
*Update on China office hours: All of our China offices are fully operational and working during regular hours in-office, adhering to safety standards.*
Still, a severe congestion of ports, due to the slow collection of incoming containers, means that many import containers are still not accepted or shipped. This network disruption is delaying the repositioning of equipment in key regions around the world and is causing container shortages in North America, Latin America and Europe and cancellations of backhaul sailings. The resulting capacity constraints may, under certain circumstances, mean that the rates we offered or set in the tendering process cannot be met or are no longer valid.
Furthermore you find relevant information regarding the APAC countries on our Röhlig WeChat account in both Chinese and English on a daily basis. The page is accessible on any browser.
In Malaysia visitors are not allowed to enter the country and Malaysian’s are barred from travelling overseas. All Government and private premises are closed until earliest Wednesday, April 15th.
India imposed a nationwide lockdown, the restrictions will be enforced until Wednesday, April 15th.
New product: LCL Services
Reduced air freight capacity has prompted us to create an Express LCL Service to the United States.
Preventive health measures
The safety and health of our customers and employees remains our greatest concern. That’s why we have activated preventive hygienic measures, work from home and voluntary quarantine for safety reasons.
Our contingency plan ensures the continuation of our services to our customers and the protection of the health of our employees.
If needed we are able to continue our business from alternative workplaces, including the possibilities of working remotely from home.
Due to these measures, we are able to attend to all correspondence during this difficult times and provide the needed service to customers.
Equipment & Services
Due to the current situation, the pressure on resources is increasing and is causing a growing lack of equipment. In addition, there may be difficulties in the performance of transportation. As the situation is rapidly changing, unforeseeable effects cannot be precluded, this includes, but is not limited to, potentially exceeding deadlines within the scope of our contractual performance.
No liability is accepted based on the above or for any information made available.
Please do not hesitate to contact your local Röhlig representative in case of any further queries.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
DISCLAIMER - All information is provided in good faith for guidance and reference purposes only. It is of a general informational nature, and Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG takes no legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided via this document. Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information contained herein and accepts no liability for any loss arising from the use of the information provided.