Covid-19 Global Update - 2021 | DB Group

Covid-19 Global Update - 2021

24 August 2021


Air freight congestion is still persistent. Cargo terminals are suffering backlogs and delays and impressive queues are happenning at Dahka airport with trucks waiting for hours to pick-up and or unload goods.
Heavy cargo pressure is pushing air freight rates at higher levels.
Our teams keep monitoring the situation.



We inform you that Vietnam authorities are deploying forces, including the Army, to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks in the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in the south.
Residents in those areas are required to "stay where they are" from August 23 till September 6, said Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the city's steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Logistics operations continue but with lots of restrictions on movement. Permits must be obtained from the Police or the Army.
We foresee huge delays at ports and airports due to limited staff in those locations and few trucks authorized in movement.
Our staff is still working from home and are doing their very best to support all clients and handle operations smoothly.
We will keep you informed.



Containment measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 have negatively impacted ocean freight, slowing down the flow of the operations. Urgencies have thus diverted to air freight, which is now facing congestion, tight spaces, and variable rates.
Our international staff is monitoring the situation to provide further news quickly.

On August 20, two workers of the cargo terminal of Shanghai-Pudong Internal Airport have been tested positive for Covid-19. Consequently, all departure operations of both passengers and cargo have been suspended.
We shall have to await further developments and we expect further increase in air transport congestion.
We remind you that the Nanjing airport is closed since the end of July.

On August 11, the Port Authority of Ningbo-Zhoushan suspended operations at Meidong Container Terminal (MSIC) after a worker tested positive to Covid-19.
On August 18, operations have been partially resumed for the ships already arrived at the port, to catch up on the backlog before the complete recovery of terminal activities.
We expect that the MSICT may be partially resuming import-export operations starting from August 25. For now, we have not received confirmation of the final date of complete activities reactivation.
Despite the partial recovery, we are experiencing a congestion situation not only in the MSICT terminal but also in the other port’s terminal, where ships have been diverted. We expect delays in ocean import operations.



On August 11, the Port Authority of Ningbo-Zhoushan suspended operations at Meidong Container Terminal (MSIC) after a worker tested positive to Covid-19.
The main focus of this terminal are Asia-Eurpe and Transpacific-Eastbound routes.
Although all other terminals are fully operational, they are still facing the negative effects of the typhoon that hit some Chinese areas at the end of July, thus registering an average waiting time to berth of 2-3 days, which we expect to quickly increase due to the temporary closure of Meidong Container Terminal.
Currently, almost 30 vessels are waiting to enter the port.
We are still waiting for communications about the service schedule, but we expect this situation to cause delays in import operations.
Our staffs keep monitoring the state of activities. To know more about your shipment and to evaluate alternative solutions, please contact our teams.
We shall keep you informed about further developments.



We inform you that Ningbo-Zhoushan port has suspended operations at one of its terminals as a worker tested positive to Covid-19.  We are waiting for official communications about the impact on service schedule. However, we expect this might cause delays on import operations.
To prevent the spread of the virus, the Chinese Government has recently re-introduced restrictions in areas where positive Covid-19 cases are reported.
Most ports in the country are now requiring a nucleic acid test (NAT) for all crew, with vessels forced to remain at anchor until negative results are confirmed.
Many ports in the country are also requiring vessels to quarantine for 14-28 days if they previously berthed in India or performed a crew change within 14 days of arriving in China.



We inform you that the NKG airport, in the province of Jiangsu – Mainland China - has been closed due to the actual pandemic situation.
There is no airport staff, just a few workers in charge of epidemic prevention engaged in the disinfection of internal spaces.
Flights to and from NKG airport are cancelled until the 12th of August.
This closure is added to the already delicate situation: unfortunately, we expect congestion at Shanghai airport, lack of available spaces, and increases in tariffs.
Our teams are constantly monitoring the situation and if necessary, will inform you about further developments.



As the Delta variant of Covid-19 continues hitting different regions of the country, the Bangladesh government announced the resumption of a stricter 14-days lockdown starting from July 23.
In addition to the previously shared restrictions, offices, courts, garment factories and all kinds of industries will remain closed.
The lockdown will largely affect operations and we expect delays on shipments.
We remain at your disposal and keep you posted.


Due to a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, Bangladesh has issued a complete lockdown starting from Wednesday, July 1st.
People will not be allowed to leave their homes except for emergencies and rail and bus services are already suspended.
Essential activities will still be opened but there may be manufacturing chokes and shipping delays.
We shall keep you informed about further updates.


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