Latest updates on COVID-19

Coronavirus still gives challenges and changes in the transport sector. Read updated information below – grouped into sections

Update: 27 May

The current COVID-19 situation may cause irregularities in the handling of transport. Blue Water is - and will continue to be - capable of handling our customers' shipments and transport, and all our employees aim to provide the best possible service despite the current challenges.

We anticipate that extra costs may occur carrying out transport in this difficult situation, and therefore we reserve the right to debit these to our customers’ account. However, we will try to the greatest extent possible to discuss the concrete options with each customer, so that together we can find the best solution.

We apologise for any delays and restrictions that may occur in the future, and we encourage you to approach your usual contact at Blue Water if you have any questions. Remember, we can also help find alternative transport solutions if your normal supply chains are affected.

We would like to draw your attention to these recommendations on receiving and shipping goods.

Below is an overview of - some - current challenges:

Road Transport

All our traffic is in full operation.

All of our drivers are instructed to follow the health authorities' guidelines regarding COVID-19 when delivering/collecting goods from customers. In addition, they must be aware of - and follow individual customers' instructions and/or local guidelines.

Several places we find it impossible to load/unload due to temporary closure in the different countries, which is why we recommend that you as a customer keep in close contact with your suppliers/customers concerning opening hours.

When many of the normal options close down, air charter can be an option. It is possible to charter smaller flights internally in Europe at reasonable prices - and at this time it is still possible to fly most airports when not including passengers. This can be a concrete alternative to courier cars (sprinters), which can be expected to have difficulty crossing boundaries in the near future. Similarly, if necessary, relocating key personnel may be the solution. Airplanes come in all sizes and configurations.

Domestic deliveries in Denmark are affected by the mandatory closure of, for example, major centres.

There are some countries where we see major challenges regarding transport:

France
Several companies do not want to receive goods. If we are rejected, we will of course contact the client immediately.

Spain
In Spain we also see that more companies can no longer receive or ship goods.

Norway
A few ferry lines are still not in service, but otherwise we see a normal operation. However, the operating ferry lines are under severe pressure which may result in a longer transit time.

Italy
Italy has shut down all unnecessary production to mitigate the spread of covid-19. This will be in force until 3 April and will challenge the entire transport flow. Therefore it is important that you keep in close contact with your usual BWS contact person to hear about the potentials of the available options to get your shipments to the final destinations.

Road - Reefer

On our transports to Italy, we experience major challenges with direct delivery to customers, where many are completely closed down, and quantities are significantly reduced.

As of 16 March, we therefore change our delivery setup/routes immediately, so that in the future we might have to deliver to terminals in Milan and Venice for distribution to outbound delivery.

Unfortunately, the increased checks and controls at the borders of Italy can lead to waiting times, so our trucks will have delays at the arrival into terminals in Italy and thus delayed and/or non-delivery to the consignee.

Exports to Italy are declining - and it is expected to spread to other countries. This could pose challenges in relation to imports due to the lower capacity of southbound traffic.

Sea Freight/Rail

Imports
Rail services ex China is running steadily.

We have our 2 x weekly LCL departures from Hefei and Xian respectively - and still enough capacity.

FCL is also running, however capacity is a bit tighter, hence booking well in advance is requested to ensure space.

China – Import
The shipping companies have announced massive blank sailings, and in a few weeks, more than 50% of the capacity from the Far East will be withdrawn in an attempt to accommodate the expected declining volume to Europe due to COVID-19. The shipping companies take this initiative in an effort to maintain the rate level. It is therefore very important to book well in advance so that we can secure the necessary space on the remaining departures. In addition, "slow steaming" has been introduced on several routes, which means slowing down the ships so that the goods will not arrive in Europe while several countries have shut down, and therefore the containers cannot be delivered.

We still recommend to send forecast to ensure that we have the necessary knowledge of your volumes to continuously secure necessary space.

Out LCL services are fully operational from all destinations, both sea and rail. Shipments are sent on a regular basis and on time.

You can find our sailing schedules as well as rail routings on www.bws.net.

Exports - Worldwide
The large number of blank sailings from the Far East will result in additional major challenges with export volumes due to lack of capacity and cancelled sailings. The new measures, with additional blank sailings initiated by the shipping companies, will entail missing export volumes, and therefore please let us have your bookings as early as possible to enable us to secure the necessary space with the carriers. Rate levels are increasing due to lack of space and lack of equipment.

Sub India

India has implemented lockdowns in 75 districts across the country – this also include airports and seaports and region border crossing.

The 75 districts include amongst others Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai where residents have been placed under travel, work and movement restrictions until March 31.

From Bangladesh we experience issues between port authorities and some carriers, which impact the regular handling and services for these carriers.

We are not effected on our regular consolidation services, as there are no issues with the carriers that our setup is based on.

Sea - Reefer

There is still great global demand for exports of various foods - but especially export to China and the Far East. One of the challenges is the lack of containers and space as many containers are stranded in China due to Chinese New Year as well as Lockdown in connection with the Corona outbreak in China. Better container flow is expected, as activity levels in China are rapidly increasing.

Restrictions and/or delays can be expected in ports and terminals around the world as a result of potential lockdown and/or restrictions.

Air Freight

Import
Most airlines have stopped their commercial passenger flying, and consequently we are facing an uncertain time - for the next weeks or maybe months. We see new initiatives from the airlines as they start flying only cargo on the passenger aircrafts. This has already commenced, however, on a very sporadic basis. New solutions are currently being explored based on the few remaining scheduled flights as well as on charter, rail, sea & sea-air solutions.

Courier is always an option for minor shipments. As the situation change hour by hour, please feel free to contact your local Blue Water office for the latest solution to your supply chain.

Export
Most airlines have stopped their commercial passenger flying, and consequently we are facing an uncertain time - for the next weeks or maybe months. We see new initiatives from the airlines as they start flying only cargo on the passenger aircrafts. This has already commenced, however, on a very sporadic basis. New solutions are currently being explored based on the few remaining scheduled flights as well as on charter, rail, sea & sea-air solutions.

Read about Blue Water’s Air Bridge Service between Denmark and China

Air Chartering

When many of the normal options shutdown, air chartering may be an option. It is possible to charter smaller flights internally in Europe at reasonable prices - and at present, it is still possible to fly most air ports when not including passengers. This can be a concrete alternative to courier deliveries (sprinters), which can be expected to have difficulty in crossing borders in the near future. Likewise, it may be the solution if relocating key personnel can be necessitated.

Airplanes come in all sizes and dimensions – please contact your local Blue Water office for an estimated price.

Courier & Parcels

We are ready to handle your shipments – though with limitations regarding the authorities’ guidelines/restrictions. We now see various parts of Europe slowly opening again, however, transit times may still be affected. We therefore recommend bookings to be made as early as possible. We still have challenges with Economy shipments from the Far East which is affected by continued restrictions.

However, we still ship to most parts of the world through our extensive courier network as usual. We suggest you keep a close dialogue with your recipients as to whether they are open. In this way, we can hopefully limit the number of shipments that are sent in vain and thus will result in return of goods. This is to ensure that the current capacity is used as best as possible. We can still, via our Blue Solution service, offer our customised services for shipments that do not fit into the courier network.

Do not hesitate to approach your usual Blue Water contact for further information. We are ready to assist with your inquiry and handle your shipment.

Disruption and uncertainty in the global cargo industry due to COVID-19 have resulted in increasing costs in connection with transports, inclusive courier shipments. To be able to continue providing our customers with service as efficiently as possible, we regret that it is necessary for us to implement a temporary surcharge. This surcharge, which has been imposed on us by our suppliers, will not apply to our Blue Parcel product and domestic intra-country shipments.

Blue Water has made a list of recommendations on goods handling.

Logistics

All warehouses are operational. Open hours remain the same. We have taken the necessary precautions to limit all direct human interaction at our warehouse facilities. Orders are shipped without any delays.

We are seeing an increase in demand for temporary stock, and we urge you to accommodate the request from our customers. At the moment, our warehouses in Denmark are able to offer a solution to customers needing additional space for storage. Please note this is subject to space.

Contact

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.

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07 February 2020 11:47

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