While the situation in China continues to improve (see our Asia team’s latest update) the Covid-19 crisis gathers pace across Europe and the US, with the UK government announcing a more stringent ‘lockdown’ for at least three weeks.

No matter how challenging the situation becomes, in the UK or overseas, Norman Global Logistics and our partners will continue to deliver solutions that keep our customers’ inbound and outbound cargo moving.

At any time of the day or night there are hundreds of Norman Global Logistics consignments on-hand and in transit around the world. In order to process these transactions efficiently and effectively we rely on our dedicated teams and integrated technology.

We continue to uplift urgent cargo and our team will always find solutions for time-sensitive shipments, including express sea freight

We have implemented continuity changes, to maintain our operational effectiveness, during this time, revising working practices to protect our staff, who are classified as essential workers by HMG, while maintaining service levels.

The UK government has acknowledged the strategic importance of ports and airports in maintaining the supply of vital goods to the UK market and contingency planning is in place to ensure that their infrastructure and manpower is maintained.

The air freight market continues to experience significant disruption on some trades, with reduced capacity on many and freighter only services operating between the UK/US.

We continue to uplift urgent cargo and our team will always find solutions for time-sensitive shipments, including express sea freight.

The global ocean freight market is slowly returning to normal across Asia, but the repositioning of equipment is likely to be hampered if UK and EU ports get congested, due to closed DC’s and reduction in number of drivers.

Storage solutions

If you, or your customers, are unable to accept deliveries during this period we have cost-effective, secure and flexible storage solutions, off-quay and off-airport, for palletised and loose cargo of all types.

We help businesses protect their cashflow at this critical time

To help businesses protect their cashflow at this critical time, our bonded warehousing can be used to delay Duty and VAT payments.

We can also provide storage solutions at origin and advice on flexing your supply chain, to avoid rent and demurrage.

We will be working with customers to mitigate any supply chain impact and would urge shippers to review purchase orders, sales forecasts and schedules, so that we can plan movements and avoid unnecessary costs.

Taking no action may not be best for your business, which is why we would urge you to speak with us at the earliest opportunity, so that we can protect you in the short-term and be ready to take positive action as the situation improves.