Dear associates, with a very fluid situation, below is current information we have gathered as of end of day 02/10/2020.
For Greater China Area:
While cargo operations as well as exporters and importers in China are largely not back and working full time until February 17 in most provinces, most of companies asked their staffs working from home.
For ocean freight, some of the steamship lines will start shipping on FEB 17 from some of China ports, but it is unclear once workers go back to work at China ports as of February 17 if there will be port worker shortages. Steamship lines and ports have shown some amnesty by allowing extended free time for cargo arriving at China ports (import or export cargo) during the extended Lunar new Year due to the Coronavirus. It is unclear how accommodating steamship lines and ports will remain after February 17.
Please be reminded that due to the continued efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus there are a number of uncertainties, and related restrictions in each province and across China that will become clearer in the coming days.
Accordingly, some of our offices will begin operations with limited staff, flexible hours and with some working from home.
Additionally, office openings are still subject to change per the Chinese Government’s advisory on each Province, and like all companies, Everglory will be compliant with the mandates.
Most of the trucking suppliers have resumed operations, however with less than 50% of their labor supply – since all trucking companies must follow local restrictions to receive a permit to resume operation.
The control in the Ningbo area is especially strict, with only a limited number of trucking companies having currently received permits to resume operation.
We keep you posted if there is any update.