Our contingency planning has enabled our China based colleagues to work remotely where extended holidays have prevented them from reaching our offices, meaning we will continue to provide services at a near normal operating level.

As the Coronavirus outbreak is expected to cause disruption to operations, the Ligentia team is working hard to identify the potential impact on our customer’s supply chain. The shipping capacity after the restrictions are lifted is uncertain, but normal schedules will take several weeks to get back to plan, and we expect some disruption through February and March.

By combining detailed analysis through our Ligentix platform, and the expertise of our global teams, we are able to review all new routing options that may include air/sea, air and rail. We are already supporting many of our customers with various solutions to help forwards plan. If your business would benefit from additional advice from the Ligentia customer team please contact sales@ligentia.com

Next steps

  • Identify your purchase orders planned over the coming months and prioritise the urgent bookings.
  • Consider moving some of your planned shipments from ocean to air. However we would advise that a backlog will increase the demand for air freight which will impact availability.
  • Consider reviewing your supplier network and look to source urgent items, or goods that are at their early stages of production outside of China.

We are expecting detailed factory updates from 3rd February. As we receive new information we will continue to update social media and our website.

Our global team is working hard to continue operations as normal. Following the recent announcements of an extended New Year holiday we have applied contingency plans that allow our colleagues in China to work from home, and managers are in daily contact with their team.

We expect supply chains to be affected as manufacturing is halted further, and staff will be unable to attend work. This will also affect truckers, cargo handlers, warehouse operators etc. The knock on affect is likely to be a surge in air pricing as the back log of orders mount due to delayed production, and the demand for air freight will increase to bridge the gap.

The good news is we are planning with our customers to identify priority orders and products to forward plan as much as possible.  By looking at new routing options that may include road/air services, sea-air services and other deferred air services, we will be able to help you keep your supply chain moving.

For more information about our air freight services click here or email sales@ligentia.com

Source: Air Cargo News 29/01/19

The air cargo industry is bracing itself for the impact of measures taken to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China. Overnight, British Airways announced that it would suspend all direct flights to and from mainland China, with others expected to follow.

United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air Canada are amongst the other airlines that had already announced plans to reduce flight numbers.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has extended the New Year holiday – a time when production in the country comes to a halt – by at least three days, until February 3.

Businesses in the Jiangsu province, which includes Shanghai, have been ordered to remain closed through to February 10.

And the vast majority of flights into and out of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, were stopped last week.

It isn’t yet clear what impact this could have on air cargo, although supply chains are expected to be hit, with bellyhold air cargo capacity already reduced.

Meanwhile, there has been some suggestion that there could be a surge in demand when factories re-open.

Customer Announcement:

Overnight we received notification that the Chinese government has now extended the New Year holiday period to 9th February in additional regions.

Therefore we would like to make our customers aware that our offices in Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen will be closed until the 9th February. However we have made contingency plans to ensure all teams are able to work remotely from 3rd February.

We are in constant contact with vendors regarding existing bookings. As yet we have not received any official notification of delays to current schedules, when we do have information to share your account manager will contact you immediately.

If you have any other queries please contact your account manager.

We appreciate your patience as we gain more information

In an effort to temporarily limit travel, the Chinese government have extended the week long Lunar New Year holiday by three days, meaning it will go through to Sunday 2nd February 2020 rather than ending on Thursday 30th January 2020.

The holiday, China’s biggest annual celebration, began on Saturday. Workers will now get an additional three days off, returning to work on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel during the holiday, either for tourism or to visit family. The week, known in China as Spring Festival, typically includes large public events, but many festivities have been cancelled this year.

Many tourist attractions have been shuttered including the Disney theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong, along with the Forbidden City and sections of the Great Wall in Beijing.

We are currently awaiting information on when factories across China are expected to reopen. In the meantime if you have any enquiries regarding current bookings please contact your account manager.