Coronavirus Updates

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Air Transportation Updates

February 21, 2020

No additional updates to report at this time.

February 13, 2020

ANA: Announcing flights are now re-opening for booking for China Points, although still expecting backlogs. Accepting bookings to PVG, TAO, TSN, DLC, HKG, CAN. Wuhan, Chengdu, Shenyang still suspended. 

United: Extending suspension of flights from Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai until April 24. 

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon: Will continue to progressively reduce the frequency of passenger flights ex JFK to Hong Kong until the end of March 2020. 

Air Canada: Extending the suspension of its flights between Canada and Beijing and Shanghai until March 27, 2020. Additionally, from March 1-27, 2020, Air Canada will temporarily suspend its daily non-stop Toronto-Hong Kong flights, reflecting reduced market demand.  Daily, non-stop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will continue. 


February 12, 2020

American Airlines: All flights to and from mainland China and Hongkong from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) hubs have been suspended.

• Flights between DFW/LAX and mainland China are suspended through April 24.

• Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended through April 23.

• Flights between LAX and HKG are suspended through April 24.


February 10, 2020

Air France / KLM:  All flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK) have been suspended up to and including 15 March 2020.  As from 16 March 2020, AF (together with KLM) will gradually resume operations to/from Shanghai and Beijing, alternating one daily flight to each destination.


February 8, 2020

China Airlines:  Beginning 10-FEB-2020, passenger flights from Taiwan will only be on routes to/from to PEK, PVG, XMN and HKG.  Freighter service to SZX, CAN, XMN, PVG are still scheduled.  


February 7, 2020

ANA: partially suspend, decrease or change aircraft type on China routes out of and into Japan.

UPS: continues to operate but bookings may be delayed due to supply and demand.


February 5, 2020

American Airlines:  Suspending flights from LAX and DFW to Hong Kong

United Airlines:  Suspending flights into and out of Hong Kong


February 3, 2020

Qatar Airways:  Suspending all passenger flights to mainland China until further notice.  Freighters are still operating as normal.

Korean Airlines:  Flights to WUH, KMG & TAO will be cancelled until 23FEB due to the coronavirus. 

UPS:  UPS Air Cargo is suspending bookings destined for China due to the variability of our flight schedules caused by the Coronavirus.


January 31, 2020

Delta:  All flights to and from China suspended from Feb 6 through April 30.  The last China-bound flight departing the U.S. will leave on Monday, Feb. 3 with the last return flight back to the U.S. departing China on Feb. 5.

China Airlines:  Announcing Flight cancellations from USA to TPE hub through end of February.

Virgin:  Suspending London to Shanghai through April 30.  Hong Kong still operating.

American Airlines:  American is suspending all operations to and from the Chinese mainland beginning today through March 27.


January 23, 2020

Air France:

  • Effective 23 January, suspended direct flight to/from Wuhan (WUH) due to closure of the airport;
  • Effective 31 January, to suspend direct flights to/from Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG).



  • Effective 30 January, suspended direct flights to/from Chengdu (CTU) and Hangzhou (HGH);
  • Effective 30 January, reduced the number of weekly flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) from 11 to 7;
  • Effective 31 January, to suspend direct flights to/from Xiamen (XMN).
  • From 2 until 9 February, to suspend all direct flights to/from China (CTU, HGH, XMN, PVG and PEK).


Polar:  Extensive cancellations from US to AP destinations Inchon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Narita, Ningbo.  Cancellations in effect until approximately Feb 20.  At this time, Polar is not accepting any booking.  This is a combination of CNY backlog and Coronavirus concerns.


Ocean Transportation Updates

February 24, 2020

Evergreen: Due to most of the China main ports reporting the reefer plug shortage they are starting to refuse discharge of the reefer shipments in the past few weeks. We may not be able to deliver reefer shipments as planned. We request the shippers’ involvement for those cargoes already arrived in China, please help us to push consignee to pick up the cargo as soon as possible, for the cargo in transit to China, we need to know your intention if you will deliver those cargoes to other ports or return to port of loading. Please understand most of transit port such as Singapore, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Pusan are also facing serious congestion and plug shortage and they are close to announce their action plan soon.

February 21, 2020

No additional updates to report at this time.

February 18, 2020

Hamburg Sud: With the reduced demand caused by the extension of the Chinese holiday period to fight the Novel Coronavirus, we have been working to match our global network to the new situation and its impact on global container equipment flows. We are working to mitigate this by redirecting
vessels and equipment where possible and will continue these efforts to serve your supply chain as we work to rebalance our network. While too early to make specific predictions, we will likely see ripple effects into some markets in the
weeks ahead that affect container availability. In North America, we are anticipating an impact on our import cargo flows from Asia to inland locations in North America. While we will do our best to ensure the impact is minimized, there may be
a period of equipment shortages in some locations to cover export bookings.

Hapag-Lloyd: All terminals and depots are now open. However, some are still operating at limited capacity. Furthermore, truckers shortage remains an issue.

Shipco: Due to the health crisis in China, there has been a considerable impact on the supply chain, inventories, transportation, etc and the resulting costs are significant. With Chinese factories likely not to resume full production for another 3-4 weeks, it will have a major and lingering impact for many businesses around the world. A need therefore may arise to activate contingency plans, simply to keep production going or to have retail inventory for sales. We already see air capacity reduced significantly with hundreds of passenger flights being halted. There are over 50% more blank sailings ex China in February this year versus last year. With less containers going to other markets, that can create a shortage of equipment in North
America and Europe. Port infrastructure challenges once all factories are back up to full steam is likely also.


February 14, 2020

ONE: May need to adjust the original transportation plan for reefer shipments to the Chinese terminals mentioned above. In such cases, this may result in the discharge of reefer containers at an alternative port without prior notice. Where operationally
viable, and in an effort to minimize loss and inconvenience, ONE shall endeavor to arrange onward transportation from the alternative discharge port to the originally intended destination
subject to reefer plug availability. In an effort not to compound the operational constraints and to maintain the safest operation
possible under these circumstances, ONE will encourage customers to consider a change of destination to other alternative ports, especially for time-sensitive cargoes such as fresh, chilled commodities.

At the same time, ONE has decided to apply a congestion surcharge (CGD) of USD 1,000 per container to cover additional costs related to the unexpected but necessary arrangement of
shipments and associated plug-in charges, monitoring fees etc.

This measure is effective immediately for all Reefer cargo arriving into Shanghai and Xingang from
15th February 2020 onwards, and for regulated trades the effective date will be 14th March 2020
until further notice.

APL: With the extended Lunar New Year holidays and concerns regarding the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, terminal operations and pick-up of inbound containers in China have been slow. Consequently, most reefer plugs at the yards of all container terminals in Shanghai, Ningbo and Tianjin/Xingang are already being occupied. APL is then forced to divert Reefer cargo to other ports.To cover the additional costs, APL will apply a Port Congestion Surcharge of $1250 - this will be applied to the Consignee's account.


February 12, 2020

Vanguard: We have been notified that most carriers are not returning to work until February 17th. The
assumption is that the general ‘return to work’ on February 10th will not result in cargo movement prior to the 17th. However, due to strong relationships with our carriers, we are able
to reach their global and regional teams to ensure we are doing all possible to offer you the very
best options and services. 


February 12, 2020

Hyundai: Due to the situation with the extended Chinese New Year and the Coronavirus, yard density for reefers is at a critical level. Given the uncertainty and potential for continued disrupted cargo flow, HMM will be implementing a Congestion Surcharge (CGS) to all destinations in China. This is not limited to Shanghai, Xingang, and Ningbo.


February 11, 2020

APL: Reefers bound for Shanghai and Tianjin - due to the novel coronavirus, most reefer plugs are already being occupied.

To facilitate cargo movement:

Reefer containers awaiting pick-up at container terminals in Shanghai may be temporarily stored and plugged on board a vessel docked alongside.

Reefer containers in transit to Shanghai or Tianjin may be re-routed for transshipment. Our local offices will be in touch with any affected cargo. 

Maersk: Official work-resumption is official in most provinces, most trucking suppliers have resumed operations as well. ICR service between China to Europe is gradually recovering.

Terminal operations continue as normal, with depots open and empty pick-up and laden return services working. Many off-dock depots remain closed but are expected to re-open in the coming days. 

Based on reduced cargo demand due to the extended holiday, a new blank sailing has been announced: TP6 cancelled sailing between Far East and North America MSC CAMILLE 008 starting Northbound Nansha, China on 21 February.

February 10, 2020

Hamburg Sud:

Port Congestion Surcharge | Reefer cargo from United States and Canada to Shanghai and Xingang, China

Due to the extended Chinese New Year holidays, yard density in the ports of Xingang and Shanghai have reached critical levels and we are forced to divert cargo as no reefer plugs are available at the terminals.

Hamburg Süd will, until further notice, continue accepting reefer bookings from United States and Canada to Shanghai and Xingang under the special conditions.

Chinese New Year Vessel Idling Program | Trans-Pacific Service

As we see a further reduction in demand due to the extended holiday period, below are additional void sailings:

  • To United States West Coast and Canada
    • 5 ASIA - USWC String 4 (TP9) ADRIAN MAERSK 005N Kaohsiung 02-Feb Busan 12-Feb
    • 7 ASIA - USWC String 2 (TP2) MSC BETTINA 007N Yantian 09-Feb Busan 21-Feb
  • To United States East Coast
    • 8 ASIA - USEC String 4 (TP18) CAPE PIONEER 008E Ningbo 17-Feb Busan 21-Feb



For Greater China Area: Port terminal operations continue. Warehouses, depots, offices follow instructions of local government to resume operations. Wuhan barge operations gradually resume operation and backlogs resolved.

Maersk Vessel Network: 7 blank sailings announced

  • AC2 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and West Coast South America Maersk Stepnica 009N starting Northbound Lazaro Cardenas, MX on 23 Feb.
  • AC2 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and West Coast South America CCNI Andes 012W starting Westbound Lazaro Cardenas, MX on 29 Feb.
  • AC2 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and West Coast South America Maersk Savannah 011N starting Northbound Lazaro Cardenas, MX on 7 Mar.
  • AE10 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and Europe MSC Samar 006W starting Westbound Xingang on 3 Feb (vessel will call proforma ports in Asia and stop in Tanjung Pelepas).
  • FEW 1 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and West Africa Sime Genesis 205P starting Westbound Shanghai on 20 Feb.
  • FEW 2 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and West Africa Maersk Cotonou 007W starting Westbound Shanghai on 13 Feb.
  • AE11 cancelled sailing between Far East Asia and Mediterranean MSC Oliver 007W starting Ningbo 16 Feb.


Australia port restrictions: In our customer advisory of 6 February, new requirements for all Australian ports were mentioned. Changes have been announced that only New South Wales (Sydney port) and Queensland (Brisbane port) are affected. All other Australian ports are allowing vessels to arrive on time with crew restricted to stay on-board while berthing, amongst other precautionary measures. To comply with these regulations, vessels on the Maersk network will face arrival delays into Australia. We are informing impacted customers directly.

Reefer congestion in Shanghai and Xingang terminals – congestion surcharge introduced: The ongoing reefer plug shortage in Xingang and Shanghai terminals has caused yard density to reach critical levels and we are forced to divert cargo as no reefer plugs are available.

Holiday Extensions: In line with work resuming dates post Chinese New Year, to best possible protect the safety of our people, most of our staff are working from home; while majority of mainland China resumes work Monday, 10 February.


OOCL: We have taken various measures to mitigate the potential effects on our vessel schedules and operations, including vessel speed adjustments to meet the quarantine requirement by some countries when necessary and maintain crew members on board the vessel if they embarked from ports in China in order to comply with port authority regulations.


February 6, 2020

Hamburg Sud: Some terminals outside of China have announced restrictions to vessels that have transited a port in the Greater China Area in the previous 14 days. Our customer service teams are actively monitoring transport plans to comply with local regulations and will advise in case of changes to transport plans as a result.

CMA CGM: Except for Wuhan, all CMA CGM Group operations including Terminal, Warehousing, Depots, Offices and
other facilities continue to operate uninterrupted as per usual.
Load/Discharge moves at Wuhan port have been suspended until further notice. Our customer service
teams are in close contact with all affected customers following up on shipment status and discussing
alternative transport plans. 

ONE: New bookings to/from all ports in Hubei province are temporarily suspended, in greater China (except Hubei province ports, including Wuhan), all ONE container operations,
including those at the terminals, depots, and other facilities continue to operate as usual over the extended Lunar New Year holiday period. 


February 5, 2020

Maersk: For the greater China Area, terminal operations continue with vessel loading and discharge at this point in time.

All the warehouses, depots and offices follow instructions of local government to resume operation. The barge operation from Wuhan gradually resumes operation and backlogs in the process are being resolved. 


February 3, 2020

HMM: Terminal operations remain functional, with the exception of Wuhan terminal. Crews are taking proper precautions which may involve more blank sailings, port-skips and vessel schedule changes. As a result of traditional slow activities during post Lunar New Year and the coronavirus, additional blank sailings will be implemented.

Hapag-Lloyd: As a result of traditional slow activities during post Lunar New Year and the coronavirus, additional blank sailings will be implemented.

OOCL: In consideration of this global situation, extra exemption period for detention calculation from 25 January to 9 February is being offered to our customers but excludes other items such as storage and monitoring fees. This arrangement is applicable to inbound and outbound cargoes of Northern and Southern China.


For a full rundown of the situation, review the below document.

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