Earlier this week we advised that the Chinese Government had extended the Lunar New Year holiday by three days until 3 February and businesses in Shanghai had been ordered by the local government to suspend operations until 10 February.
Other provincial governments have now advised businesses to remain closed until at least 10 February including:
- Chongqing Municipality
- Jiangsu Province includes places like Lianyungang, Wuxi, Suzhou, Nantong , Nanjing and many more
- Zhejiang Province includes places like Ningbo, Wenzhou, Taizhou , Hangzhou and many more
- Guangdong Province includes places like Dongguan, Guangdong, Heshan, Jiangmen, Foshan, Nansha , Shenzen, Shunde, Kaiping, Zhanjiang, Sanshui and many more
- Fujian Province includes places like Xiamen, Fuzhou , Quanzhou and many more
- Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, will be shut down until at least 13 February
Factories are unlikely to operate until 10 February and other businesses are trying to operate from remote sites (i.e. from their home) where possible but that will deliver varying levels of output.
Shippings lines are continuing to review vessel calls, A3 services already have blank sailings on A3S (covers South of China) A3C covers Shanghai and Ningbo up to 11 February. We are expecting other carriers to announce blank sailings progressively.
Terminal are working under limited operations . Customs are still operating however we are awaiting to hear of and change to this status.
Trucking companies operating in municipal Shanghai were not operating until 10 February but now with the provinces surrounding Shanghai municipality impacted by the closures to business trucking from your factories will be limited or not possible.
ACA International has offices in Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen and Shenzhen and are all impacted by the extended closures. Our teams will not report to the office, however ongoing contingency plans are being developed to allow our team to work from home where possible.
The official holiday break in China finishes today. We will see the full extent of closures over the coming days.
With the extended closure of factories and our offices there will be corresponding delay in cargo moving after the Lunar New Year.
We will keep you updated as to what actions are being taken in China or elsewhere that may have a detrimental effect on the movement of cargo due to the Coronavirus outbreak.