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Dear customers,

We want to reiterate that during this challenging time, we at Viadex GPS are FULLY operational across all service areas.

Given the globally dispersed nature of our business and our support teams we tend to operate virtually 24/7 as a course of normal business. With this said, we recognise there are specific challenges and delays associated with certain countries, but it is important to distinguish between Human travel and Cargo air freight.

As many of you have experienced, Viadex GPS has a world class network of in country partners that are providing us with the most current information available, this is our business!

While we fully anticipate there to be continued delays and challenges, we are strongly encouraging our partner to not delay the placement of orders.  It is our strongest recommendation to get in the freight que to be early in line, as you know there is a significant amount of clearance work to be done prior to pick up and actual shipment we are still able to do that work to be prepared for when lanes reopen.

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We will be frequently publishing updates on the key trade routes globally, identifying various levels of “Readiness Status” by country and additional real time insight into to the status of inbound and outbound logistics within each of the territories and countries.

Supply chain disruptions

How long this supply chain disruption lasts remains to be seen as according to information from DVZ (Deutsche Verkehrszeitung), the airlines of the Air France-KLM aviation group and the carriers of the International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and British Midland, are the next two airlines to offer their withdrawn passenger aircraft for the exclusive transport of freight. Other airlines such as Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Etihad and Delta Air Lines have also already reacted to the drastic slump in demand in the passenger sector in the wake of the corona crisis by taking this step. Lufthansa is also considering such a measure, which is intended to maintain cargo capacity in the international airfreight business.

IATA has announced it is expecting to see a drop in cargo demand by more than 15% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Figures due to be released are to show around a 10% global reduction in freight tonne km (FTK) in February as a result of China going into lockdown.

The decline in demand comes despite air cargo shortages across the world. The shortage of cargo space is the result of global cancellations of the majority of passenger flights, which normally carry freight in their bellies. The high demand is causing a spike in pricing as passenger airlines are mothballing aircraft due to the travel restrictions and slump in demand. Some airlines have been loading passenger flights with cargo and even filling the passenger seats and overhead stowage compartments to keep up with demand. Etihad and Virgin are amongst Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and LATAM to commence passenger cargo flights, it is expected others will follow suit as the demand for essentials is increasing.

Latest update per territory

TERRITORY: ASIA-PACIFIC

AUSTRALIA

Currently experiencing a large reduction in passenger and cargo flights which is driving rates up. Despite airline plans to scale up post-pandemic capacity, flights are still few and far between. The Australian Government has imposed prohibitions on the carriage of air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen, Turkey, and Somalia.

CHINA

Airfreight rates on the main trade lanes out of China and between Europe and the US is increasing rapidly. With the still unusually high prices for airfreight due to capacity constraints, road transport from China to western Europe in just two and a half weeks is an attractive alternative.

HONG KONG

Hong Kong will resume limited transit services at its international airport. Further lifting of transit flight restrictions are expected in June.

INDONESIA

From 24 April until 8 June, the government suspended all passenger flights to outside areas. Regions that had imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), and those that had been declared COVID-19 red zones. The ban applies to all types of public and private transportation by air, sea, land, and railway.

JAPAN

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike issued a warning Tuesday amid signs of a possible resurgence of corona virus infections.
Tokyo, Osaka – Cargo terminals are operating normally. Freighters flying as normal, but capacity is constrained.

MALAYSIA

Is in a country wide lockdown extended to 09th June 2020. Cargo flights are still operating into the country, space is at a premium meaning rates are surging. Essential products such as medicines and food are being prioritised through customs. All consignees must have a Ministry of International Trade and Industry letter of Movement control order exemption prior to shipping.

PHILIPPINES

Luzon, the country's main island that is home to Manila is still in a state of lockdown however businesses are being allowed to open gradually. Cargo flights are operating but the cancellation of passenger flights means the movement of goods is possible but in a restricted capacity and rates are surging.  Essential products such as medicines and food are being prioritised through customs. Imports quarantine has increased from 7 to 14 days.

SINGAPORE

Terminals operating normally for cargo - but with reduced manpower impacting efficiency.
There are currently widespread restrictions on commercial flights; however, freighter flights are operating as normal, although with significant capacity constraints. Customs are operating as normal.
Mainly operated by freighters, space is generally available to move within a few days. Rates are surging.

SOUTH KOREA

Currently experiencing a large reduction in passenger flights but cargo flights are still operating. Rates are surging.

TAIWAN

Flights are significantly reduced, making bookings difficult to secure and costs at a premium. Airport and customs have resumed normal operations.

THAILAND

Cargo movements are not restricted domestically or internally, and customs continues as normal. Currently experiencing a large reduction in cargo space, spot pricing only and rates are surging. Essential products such as medicines and food are being prioritised through customs.

VIETNAM

Currently experiencing a large reduction in passenger flights but cargo flights are still operating space is at a premium and rates surging.

TERRITORY: AMERICAS

CANADA

Flights are significantly reduced, making bookings difficult to secure and costs at a premium. Expect inflated rates.

BRAZIL

The U.S. government’s new ban on travel to/from Brazil, implemented on May 28, will likely increase rates for cargo to and from Brazil as passenger flights are cancelled and widebody belly capacity decreases.

USA

Cargo flights are operating, passenger flights are significantly reduced resulting in limited capacity. Spot rates only and highly inflated costs due to limited space.

MEXICO

Passenger flights are reduced, expect clearance delays.

LATAM

Passenger flights are reduced, expect clearance delays.

TERRITORY: MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

ALGERIA

Terminals operating normally for cargo - but with reduced manpower impacting efficiency. 50-60% capacity reduction. Customs operating at lower efficiency due to manpower reductions or other restrictions. No incoming/outgoing passenger flights.
Algerian authorities announce extension of lockdown measures until June 13 amid COVID-19 pandemic.

INDIA

India extended its coronavirus lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones. Restricted airport operations impacting cargo flights and are causing delays. Customs authorities are operating as normal. Last mile delivery remains problematic in some zones so please reach out to Viadex to discuss requirements on a case by case basis.

KUWAIT

Significant reduction in flights causing delays.  Will move out of complete lockdown a partial curfew as of May 31st.

OMAN

Widespread passenger flight restrictions.

SAUDI ARABIA

Significant reduction in flights causing delays. VAT will be increased to 15% as of July 01st 2020.

SOUTH AFRICA

Cargo is still flying but at higher costs and limited availability. As of June, 01st 2020, lockdown restrictions to be eased as the country goes into Level 3 of its five-level approach.

TURKEY

Has suspended passenger flights until June 10th, 2020. Cargo still available.

UAE

DXB have implemented shorter working hours for acceptance of general cargo Export & Import from 0600hrs to 1800hrs. Terminals operating normally for cargo - but with reduced manpower impacting efficiency.
No incoming/outgoing passenger flights allowed, freighters flying as normal, but capacity is constrained.
Customs operating at lower efficiency due to manpower reductions or other restrictions.
Expect clearance delays.

TERRITORY: EUROPE

AUSTRIA

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only.

BELGIUM

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only.

FRANCE

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only.

GERMANY

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only. Lockdown restrictions have been eased throughout the country.

GREECE

Airports, ports, and customs are open, with limited staff.

ITALY

Ports, airports, terminals, carriers, and trucking companies are working, even if some delays may occur due for procedures in place to contrast the spread of the Coronavirus and for limited staff working.

LUXEMBOURG

Delays due to low staff numbers, staffing gaps being filled so delays should be reduced over next few days.

POLAND

Mostly only cargo flights operating.

PORTUGAL

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only.

SPAIN

Cargo flights are available but spot rates only. Lockdown restrictions have been eased throughout the country.

UK

Still in lockdown but with restrictions being gradually eased.   Cargo flights are available but spot rates only.

Further to the updates on routes, we also wish to keep our customers informed of any risks we may foresee.  One such, we rate as an Amber risk at present, is the news that the four companies which manage ground operations at UK airports are warning they are close to collapse and are calling on assistance from the government to support their operations.  Full details can be found in here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52100534.

https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/covid-19-news/ provides detailed daily updates on all changes affecting the air transport industry on a global scale.