With the current supply chain situation in China in flux, we’ve prepared a status summary by port and mode and collated tips to protect your supply chain.

From today authorities in significant centres like Shanghai and Shenzhen have given the green light for businesses to resume operations, while other regions have local variations on how they will return and to which extent.

The primary limiting factor for transportation is road closures and the limited availability of truckers.

Our team remains in close contact with shippers, to identify the best solutions ongoing.

NGL Offices
Our offices in China resumed operations on the 10th February, with the exception of Ningbo office, which continues to work remotely, in line with local instructions.

Factory production
Some factories returned this week, but the majority are still limited in operations or remain closed for production.
Factories are required to pass an inspection before they restart and are required to have sufficient protection equipment for the staff.

The current limitations imposed on public transport may also hinder workers attempting to return to their factories after the extended CNY holidays.

Many cities in China have implemented 14 days quarantine for travellers, which means that workers returning to the factory from outside towns, will be subject to quarantine time. before they can start work.

We outline in the tables below (and downloadable PDF) the current situation by mode across the country.

To summarise, we expect a limited number of factories to start production this week, while most will return from the 17th and possibly even later. We expect the capacity for deliveries from China factories to remain low during the remainder of February.

Coronavirus supply chain status

SEA
Ocean carriers have announced a total of 58 “blank” sailings

Region Operation Resume  Current Status
Hong Kong Ocean Carriers January 29 Operation as normal.
Trucker January 29 Operation as normal.
Road Closures January 29 Operation as normal.
Warehouse January 29 Operation as normal.
Customs January 29 Operation as normal.
Shanghai Ocean Carriers February 3 February 3 – 9: on duty;

February 10: operation as normal.

Trucker February 3 February 3 – 9: on duty;

February 10: operation as normal.

Road Closures February 10 Most highways and roads are closed.

Zhejiang area cannot make transport of cargo.

Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 February 3 – 9: on duty;

February 10: operation as normal.

Ningbo Ocean Carriers  

February 17

February 16: on duty;

February 17: operation as normal.

Blank sailing: Several carriers announced on the second week of February.

Trucker February 17 Limited capacity of truckers.
Road Closures Until further notice Most highways and roads are closed.
Warehouse February 17 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Qingdao Ocean Carriers February 3 February 3 – 9: on duty;

February 10: operation as normal.

Blank sailing to be confirmed.

Trucker February 3 Pickup within city is available, outer areas is difficult, limited capacity.
Road Closures Until further notice Most roads opening, some limitations.
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Region Operation Resume Current Status
Tianjin Ocean Carriers February 3 Blank Sailings announced.
Trucker February 3 LCL pickup available from February 3;

FCL trucking available after February 10.

Limitations on available truckers.

Road Closures February 3 Operation as normal.
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Dalian Ocean Carriers February 3 Blank sailings announced.
Trucker February 3 Pickup within Dalian city is available, outer city is difficult. Limitations on truckers available.
Road Closures Until further notice Most highways openings, some limitations
Warehouse February 3 Operation as normal. In advance appointment is required.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Fuzhou Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal.
Trucker  February 10 Limited capacity
Road Closures Until further notice Most highways are closed.
Warehouse  February 10 Operation as normal.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Xiamen Ocean Carriers February 3 Operation as normal.
Trucker February 10 Limited capacity.
Road Closures Until further notice Most highways are closed.
Warehouse February 10 Advance booking required some limitation opening times.
China Customs February 3 Operation as normal.
Guangzhou

&

Shenzhen

Ocean Carriers February 10 Operation as normal.
Trucker February 10 Limited availability on truckers.
Road Closures February 10 Some highways and roads are closed.
Warehouse February 10 Partial operations resumed respectively on 10thand 17th Feb; limited receiving hours
Customs February 10 Operation as normal.

AIR
More than 40 airlines have reduced/suspended passenger flights to/from China, reducing the belly-hold space available.

We expect freighter aircraft to return to the market and increase capacity, once factories are back in operation.

For the latest information, please check with our team for a case to case update based on the latest availability.

Operator Normal Operation Reduced Operation Cancelled Operation
AA X

All flights to China & Hong Kong, until late Feb

AC X

Flights to Beijing & Shanghai, until late Feb

AF X

Flights to China to Mar

AY X

Flights to China Feb 6 – 28

BA X

Until end Feb

CX/KA X

(CX only)

 X

(KA only)

DL X

All flights to China, to end of April

EK X
EY X
JT X
LH X

Hong Kong

X

All China, until Mar

QR  X

All flights to China, from Feb 3

RS X
SK X

Flights to PVG, BJS to Mar, flights to Hong Kong only

VS         X

Hong Kong

X

Shanghai, until Mar,

UA  X

BJS, PVG, CTU, HKG to late Feb

* All Airlines are subject to change without prior notice or warning.

RAIL
Impacted by road closures and limited availability of truckers, the capabilities for pick up are greatly reduced.
In an added complication, many cities only permit local license plate trucks to operate within cities.

Full space is likely to recover from 2nd week in March. For the end of February and the first week in March, high demand is expected and limited space.

Region Resume Status
Wuhan Until further notice All services suspended; no announcement of any departure plan

 

Zhengzhou Until further notice No announcement of any departure plan

 

Xian 10 February Resumed FCL service

Announced departures to Hamburg:

FEB: 11th / 12th /13th / 14th / 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th / 23rd / 24th / 25th / 26th FEB (subj to changes)

 

Hefei The first available schedule

Ÿ   LCL: Feb 19

Ÿ   FCL: Feb 27

 

After Feb 27

Ÿ   Operation as normal

Ÿ   Every Wednesday via Hefei

 

Chongqing  

February 5 onwards: departure cancelled

 

Xiamen  

February 8-15: departure cancelled

 

Chengdu  Operation as normal  

Operation as normal

 

Note: Several receiving stations, for example, Shanghai / Ningbo CFS or other outside CFS is limited in accepting cargo due to the restrictions for road transport.

TIPS FOR YOUR CHINA SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING

  • Check orders planned for shipping during February and March
  • Identify and inform your forwarder and factory for urgent cargoes
  • Consider alternate shipping modes, as an example, to transfer shipments from Ocean to Rail, either full or partial loads
  • Expect further blank sailings and reduced air capacity as the effect of factories closed for an extended period
  • Once factories are back in operation, the market is likely to receive peak demand with space shortage
  • Communicate with your forwarder & factory of your requirements

We will continue to keep you updated visit new information.

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