Transportation Update, Asia Focus

28 November 2022 | World | General

Bansard International is closely monitoring the situation following the coronavirus outbreak. Based on the information obtained, we have decided to share the latest updates on a regular basis. The teams remain at your disposal for any further information.

Transportation Update, Asia Focus

Check out our latest country updates collected by our teams on the Asian continent: 
- Bansard Bangladesh (November 14, 2022)
- Bansard Cambodia (November 17, 2022)
- Bansard China (November 28, 2022)
- Bansard Singapore (November 14, 2022)
- Bansard Vietnam (November 17, 2022)

Please note that due to the conflict in Ukraine, all flights from Asia flying to Europe via Russian airspace are impacted. Any airline that has to change its route to avoid Russian airspace will have a 2-3 hours delay and an overall decrease in available capacity is expected.

 

BANSARD BANGLADESH

Updated: November 14, 2022

Now the freight capacity in Bangladesh is sufficient.

Bansard office: All staff in Bangladesh is working from the office.

AIR FREIGHT:
Normal.

SEA FREIGHT:
Ports operate normally but vessel delays exist. Shipping lines are taking longer transit time to several ports in EU.
We offer direct charter services to Ravena (Italy), Liverpool (UK), and Genoa (Italy).  

LOGISTICS:
Normal.

 

BANSARD CAMBODIA

Updated: November 17, 2022

The pandemic is totally under control in Cambodia, everyone works normally at the office/factory. Now Cambodia is completely open to all visitors. The space is sufficient for both air and sea freight.

Bansard office: All staff in Cambodia is working from the office.

 

BANSARD CHINA

Updated: November 28, 2022

The transportation situation in Greater China has almost returned to normal. Now the capacity is sufficient but the influence of the pandemic continues.

China's National Health Commission (NHC) released a circular on 11 November, announcing 20 new measures to further optimize the country's COVID-19 control policy. The new measures include cutting the quarantine period for close contacts of confirmed cases and inbound travelers. Only the infected residential unites or blocks will be confined and the confinement shall not be extended at will.

  • In Wuhan, the infected areas have been locked down.
  • In Zhengzhou, the infected areas have been locked down. All the freight operations haven’t been influenced.
  • In Guangzhou, the infected areas have been locked down. The epidemic situation has aggravated but the freight operations and our warehousing services haven’t been influenced. Our colleagues living in Haizhu & Tianhe districts are now working from home.
  • PCR test report within 24 hours is required to enter public areas in Tianjin on 28 NOV. Our local team is WFH today and will be back to the office tomorrow. All the freight operations haven’t been influenced.
  • In Nanjing, the infected areas have been locked down. PCR test report within 48 hours is required to enter public areas.
  • A PCR test result within 3 days is required in Shanghai to enter public places. PVG stopped the closed-loop operating mode.
  • Hong Kong has improved a lot. From 26 September, all travelers arrive HKG is not required to quarantine any more. 3 days of medical observation is required and during these 3 days, people are free to go to work, but are not allowed to go to restaurants, bars, etc.
    The transit time of cross-border trucks has been improved greatly, but a quota is still in place. Sea freight remains a reliable solution.

BANSARD OFFICES:
>Work from office:  Beijing-Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong

OPERATIONS STATUS - NORTH & CENTRAL CHINA:

 


Air Freight


Sea Freight


Logistics


Trucking

BEIJING-TIANJIN

Normal but slight delay exists.
> Drivers must provide a 48h PCR test to enter PEK/TSN airport.

Normal but slight delay exists.
> Drivers must provide a 48h PCR test to enter the port of Tianjin.

Normal

Normal

QINGDAO

Normal

Normal

Normal

Normal

NANJING

Normal

Normal
> Barge to Ningbo stopped.

Normal

Normal

SHANGHAI

PVG operates as normal.
> Everyday test is required for front-line workers. Labor shortage remains.

Normal.

Normal. The warehousing operation has fully resumed, with 24-h services offered.
Cargoes must be disinfected before entering and exiting the warehouses. All staff must provide the PCR test report to enter the warehouses.

Normal.
PCR test report within 48h is required when entering/leaving Shanghai.

NINGBO

Normal.

Normal.

Normal.

Normal.

 

OPERATIONS STATUS - SOUTH CHINA:

 


Air Freight


Sea Freight


Logistics


Trucking

GUANGZHOU

A PCR report within 48h is required for drivers at CAN airport.

Normal

Normal

A Covid test within 48h is required for drivers coming from other provinces.

XIAMEN

Normal

Normal

Normal

Normal

SHENZHEN

Normal

Normal

Normal

Normal

HONG KONG

Normal

Normal

Warehouse staff is back at work and operations are back to normal.

Crossborder groupage trucks are available but limited due to quotas.
The transit time is about
1-2 days.


Normal 
Disturbed 
Strongly impacted

 

AIR FREIGHT: 
The circuit-breaker mechanism, which bans flight routes if inbound international flights carry COVID-19 cases, has been canceled since 11 November.

> in Shanghai, the airport is operational, but there's a shortage of manpower due to the previous rotation, which significantly reduced the available capacity. There's currently no timetable for returning to normal.

The market is warming up and the airlines’ schedule is back to normal. PVG stopped the long-time closed-loop operation mode. The market demand increases day by day so the recent space will become tighter and tighter. Please inform our team of your air freight project as soon as possible, so that we can ensure the proper booking of the space, which will become tighter and tighter.

 

SEA FREIGHT: 
The port congestion is expected to improve after the blank sailings.

Now we are facing a 40HQ container shortage mainly in North Asia due to the recent port omissions at QINGDAO, but we can offer an alternative solution with the substitution of 45HQ / 2x20DV / 40NOR. The shortage of space occurs discontinuously, which is expected to continue in August.
The space in South China is relatively sufficient while the shipping space from Ningbo port and the ports northern to Ningbo is tight. To guarantee the proper delivery of your shipment, we recommend you reserve space in advance and prepare for the Christmas peak season.

Under the impact of the pandemic, we forecast that the carriers will omit ports in South and East China. Please prepare for possible delays and check your shipments with us case by case.

 

RAIL FREIGHT:
The station-to-station time from China to Europe (Liege-Belgium/Duisburg-German) is around 22-24 days. 
Please book your space 2 weeks in advance for trains from Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing and Changsha. 

Concerning the efficiency:
> Delays at departure station:
Xi'an: 1-2 days
Chongqing: 1-3 days
Zhengzhou: 2-3 days (orders in backlog)
> Now the Russia-Ukraine conflicts do not influence our rail service in stations of these two countries. Delays are mainly found at Alashankou (China) station, which is about 4 days.

We recommend you book the space from Xi’an/Chongqing/Zhengzhou (China) to Duisburg (German). The space is very sufficient now.
 

TRUCKING:
All drivers must provide a 48h PCR test for inter-provincial shipments.

> Crossborder truck between Guangdong and Hong Kong: Crossborder groupage trucks are available but limited due to quotas. The transit time is about 1-2 days. 

> Border control between Vietnam and China: The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam claims that due to China's strict Covid-19 measures, customs clearance efficiency has been very low, with just 70-90 trucks able to cross the borders a day. 

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BANSARD SINGAPORE

Updated: November 14, 2022

The spike in the number of cases has been announced but the situation is under control. The local freight market hasn't been influenced.

Bansard office: To ensure our employees' health and safety, we are still having 75% of our staff working from the office who must be fully vaccinated.

AIR FREIGHT: 
The space is critical and the capacity is limited. Our experts expected a war surcharge as the Ukraine situation evolves.

SEA FREIGHT: 
Global port congestion continues to exist due to the port closures on short notice caused by local COVID outbreaks. The space is critical and the capacity is limited.

TRUCKING: 
Normal

 

BANSARD VIETNAM

Updated: November 17, 2022

The Ministry of Health abolished requirements of the declaration of health for both Vietnamese and foreigners when they come to Vietnam. Now everything has been back to normal as before pandemic.

Bansard Office: All staff in Vietnam is working from the office.

AIR FREIGHT:
Normal. The capacity is sufficient.

SEA FREIGHT:
Normal. The capacity is sufficient and has been stabilized as before the pandemic.

TRUCKING:
The situation remains normal but some companies request the drivers to provide a Covid-19 test certificate.

 

 

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