What will happen with Less than Container-load cargo under Level Four Lock-Down?
Very good question!
Please respect we are entering uncharted territory here.
During the lock-down containers will continue to be taken off port to bond, contents devanned and MPI inspected.
All parts of this process involve hands-on manpower.
From the port workers, truck-drivers, the guys in the store through to MPI staff.
If for example the truck company are down 5 drivers and the bond 3 storemen that day - things are clearly not going to be operating as they normally would.
Extreme patience will be required.
Here’s where it gets complicated.
Let’s say we have got to the point the goods are unloaded, cleared and on-the-ground.
For starters, only approved carriers will be allowed to deliver shipments or enter bond facilities.
Delivery priority will be given to vital/essential materials & industries.
Here’s where it gets murky.
Carriers are not going to want to expose their drivers to the virus.
Firstly they are going to want to know the situation at the delivery-point in terms of if it has essential accreditation?
Then if they are prepared to deliver there?
The Government may still yet issue an edict to say 'essential only'.
It's inevitable carriers will be scaling-down their scope in terms of deliveries.
Place shipments into storage till this blows-over.
We will continue to communicate overviews of this nature via this News Page.
For specifics you can always email us.
We are all still working hard here to keep the wheels-of-industry turning.
Article Dated: Wednesday 25th March.
Important: Level Three/Four Up-Date 23/03
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What’s happening with Air-Freight?
Unless it’s considered critical e.g. medical gear and you are willing to pay a Kings Ransom.
The only cab on the rank left are Singapore Airlines and there’s no way they can cover demand.
By-in-large it’s running per normal.
With a few glitches like vessel re-scheduling.
Put it this way, if sea-freight was a four-cylinder car?
It’s running on three.
I’ve got something about to arrive. What about deliveries and storage options?
We need to know whether to deliver or hold awaiting things to settle down?
Be sure to let us know your situation.
Everyone will be different.
If we don’t hear from you, we’ll automatically place a hold on the consignment/container.
Note: Keep checking our News Page for regular updates
Singapore Airlines Announce Suspension of Flights into Christchurch from 29/03
Last flight: 29th March
Possible return date to be reviewed: 01st May
This is a major, major blow to South Island importers/exporters alike.
From a company perspective we use Singapore Airlines (SQ) extensively.
Our succesful weekly London-Christchurch service immediately springs to mind.
SQ will retain a pressence in N.Z with reduced flights into Auckland.
Airlines aren’t driven by freight revenue, though.
It’s ‘bums on seats’ that dictate where they go and how often.
Those bums aren’t there at the moment.
We all know why.