COVID cases continue to rise in Shenzhen, which is affecting the ports of Yantian, Shekou and Nansha.

Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT)

Yard density remains elevated with disinfection and quarantine measures being implemented by local authorities. It is expected that there will be terminal congestion and vessel delays upwards of 14 days over the coming week.

In the eastern area of Yantian terminal, where mother vessels mainly berth, productivity is at about 30% of its normal level. Meanwhile, all operations in the western area of the terminal have been suspended until further notice.

From Monday 31st May until Sunday 6th June, CY-open will be available only three days prior to vessel ETA, and only after the terminal confirms advance reservations by trucking companies for laden containers gate-in.

Import laden container pick-up operations are normal.

Shekou Port (SCT)

From 00:00hrs on Tuesday 1st June until 23:59hrs on Saturday 5th June, export laden container gate-in will be accepted only five days prior to vessel ETA.

From 00:00hrs on Sunday 6th June until 23:59hrs on Sunday 13th June, export laden container gate-in will be accepted only three days prior to vessel ETA.

Nansha Port

With more cargoes being diverted to Nansha Port and quarantine measures being implemented, traffic congestion is increasing. There is a 7-hour waiting time for empty containers pick-up and laden containers gate-in.

Our freight teams continue to monitor the situation closely.

Coronavirus cases continue to increase day-by-day across the Indian Subcontinent (ISC), with further lockdowns implemented and existing ones extended once more.

Please find details of the latest changes below:

India

  • Chennai: Complete lockdown extended until Monday 7th June; factories across Tamil Nadu will also be closed
  • Bombay / Ahmedabad: Partial lockdown extended until Monday 7th June; factories are open with 50% occupancy
  • Delhi: Partial lockdown extended until Monday 7th June; factories are open with 50% occupancy
  • Bangalore: Complete lockdown imposed until Monday 7th June; factories will not be operational

Bangladesh

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the Bangladesh government has extended the country’s current lockdown until Wednesday 16th June.

  • Factories will remain open, complying with health guidelines
  • CFS and port will continue their operations, however productivity may be low and the loading / unloading operation may be delayed
  • Banks are open for four hours (10:00-14:00) per day from Sunday to Thursday
  • Our partner offices will remain open three days (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday) per week from 10:00-14:00 with limited office staff to release / surrender HBLs / FCRs

For further information or a chat about your current shipment enquiries click here.

In order to alleviate extensive congestion, Yantian Port has announced that it will further extend the temporary suspension on accepting full export containers.

Full export containers will not be accepted until Sunday 30th May at 23:59.

From Monday 31st May at 00:00 until Sunday 6th June, Yantian terminal will resume accepting full export containers as long as they fall within the time period of three days prior to vessel arrival (ETA).

Operations concerning the pick-up of empty containers will continue as normal over the course of the entire period.

Our sea freight teams will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Full export containers will not be accepted from 25/05/21 22:00pm to 27/05/21 23:59pm

Over the weekend Yantian terminal reported 5 COVID-19 cases. All cases have been linked to the same international cargo ship ‘OOCL Vancouver’ on 17th May. This has meant that currently all related people around the Yantian area have been requested to carry out a mandatory test, and are not allowed to leave their homes until a negative result has been confirmed.

What this means:

  • Lack of labour for loading/ unloading at our CFS facility to carry out the warehouse VAS which will cause some cargo delay
  • Lack of drivers to collect empty containers or return filled containers is expected to cause container delays
  • Lack of terminal workers will cause vessel delays
  • Heavy traffic congestion is expected around the Yantian area

In order to alleviate extensive congestion Yantian Port has announced that it will temporarily suspend accepting full export containers. The measure is expected to begin at 22:00 hrs on 25/05/21, with normal operations resuming at 00:00 am on 28/05/21.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the Indian Subcontinent (ISC), we have been notified that lockdown restrictions in several areas have now been extended.

Following on from our previous update, we have provided an overview of the latest information below:

India

  • Mumbai (Maharashtra): Lockdown extended until 31st May
  • Delhi: Lockdown extended until 24th May
  • Gurgaon (Haryana): Lockdown extended until 24th May
  • Chennai & Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu): Lockdown extended until 24th May; the Garment Exporters Association has also made the decision to close down factories until 24th May
  • Bangalore (Karnataka): Lockdown extended until 24th May
  • Cochin (Kerala): Lockdown extended until 23rd May
  • Kolkata (West Bengal): Lockdown announced from 16th-30th May

Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government has extended its current lockdown until 30th May:

  • Factories will be open, complying with health guidelines
  • CFS and Port will continue their operation, but productivity might be low and the loading / unloading operation may be delayed
  • Banks are open on a limited schedule (10:00 – 14:00 from Sunday – Thursday)

For further information or a chat about your current shipment enquiries click here.

We are delighted to confirm that our Ligentia team in Australia have successfully attained a number of ISO accreditations.

The standards attained, with certification underway, are:

  • ISO 9001:2015 (quality management system – ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements)
  • ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management system that can be used to enhance Ligentia’s environmental performance)
  • ISO 45001:2018 (IMS is compliant with the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, and is used / followed to protect our employees and visitors from work-related accidents and ill health, as well as proactively improving our OH&S performance)

Through the attainment of these ISO accreditations, Ligentia is able to provide increased confidence to customers and stakeholders that the service they receive is of a high quality. The standards ensure we take a consistent approach to services both internally and externally and allow continual improvements to take place within the business (including increases in efficiency and productivity) based on the measuring and monitoring of performance.

Additionally, we will be able to build even stronger relationships with our customers and suppliers, while at the same time providing confidence to key stakeholders and regulatory authorities that the business is being managed well.

Speaking regarding Ligentia Australia’s achievements, Dean Neville, Managing Director – Australia, said:

“We started our disciplined IMS journey some five years ago, continuously testing ourselves via external half-yearly workplace auditing alongside our day-to-day management and operational process improvement initiatives. Over the last three years, auditor feedback about our 3PL warehouses has reviewed our practices as at or above the standards required to be considered in the ISO application process.

“We committed to the application process in late H2 2020 and went through rigorous ISO auditing in early 2021. We passed all of the testing. Ultimately, the standards achieved are testament to how we operate together in a daily basis – but it’s certainly nice to be able to rightfully reference the globally recognised accreditations too!”

We look forward to continuing to work to these standards to provide the best service possible for all. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how our teams can support your supply chain requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic, port congestion and equipment shortages have meant supply chains across the globe have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year. Now, following the recent Suez Canal blockage, the world’s largest ports are preparing themselves for further congestion, with as much as 1.9m TEU of cargo expected to be affected.

At such a difficult time, it is more crucial than ever before for businesses to work with a partner who can provide a varied portfolio of alternative solutions. Global Product and Development Director Lee Alderman-Davis, who heads up Ligentia’s Product Development team, is leading the way in ensuring Ligentia has one such portfolio.

With many businesses struggling at this time, Lee offers a deeper insight into sea-air services and their benefits…

The Importance of Sea-Air

For some time now, we have been seeing relentlessly high air freight rates and a severe lack of capacity.

There has been very little in the way of recovery in the passenger market and airlines are charging higher rates to make operations financially viable. Capacity is constrained too, with the UK importing millions of Covid test kits, an increase in hi-tech imports, ecommerce and retailers looking to replenish their stocks. Additionally, the effects of the Suez Canal blockage mean that any spare capacity is unlikely to be around for long.

Sea freight would be the first alternative in this situation, but between port congestion, lack of equipment and the incident with the Ever Given, the market remains heavily disrupted. The ripple effects of the blockage are expected to be felt until at least July, and Maersk have reported that it will lead to loss of capacity between 20-30% in the coming weeks.

The result? More businesses are considering combining the two modes to get the best of both worlds – low-cost ocean transport, and high-speed air.

Sea-Air Advantages

Ligentia’s sea-air product has a number of great benefits.

By combining the sea and air modes, you can save 30-40% of ocean transit time – so it’s a much speedier solution – and with virtually guaranteed transit times, it’s very reliable. Providing total control at origin, we also ensure our customers receive priority loading. They are the last container to be loaded and the first to be off loaded. With a fast turnaround in Dubai and a flight directly to Heathrow or Europe, sea-air services are extremely agile and incredibly simple.

Avoiding Suez Canal-Driven Disruption

Sea-air services are a great solution for navigating the disruption caused by the Ever Given. We offer priority loading onto vessels, a short transit time to Dubai, fast turnaround and then straight onto a flight to destination.

Below are just some examples of the origins we now offer the sea-air product on, including Chittagong, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Penang, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh:

Customer Support

Right now, our teams are working closely with our customers to find the solutions that best suit their needs. As a service provider, it’s our responsibility to find alternatives for customers – and with disruption expected for at least another few months, it’s going to be an ongoing process.

Our dedicated team of sea-air experts are in place and ready to support businesses who will be able to benefit from multimodal shipping.

If you would like to find out more about our sea-air services and discuss your requirements, please get in touch. We’re here to help!

At approximately 13:00hrs GMT today the Ever Given was successfully re-floated in the Suez Canal, and is presently on route to the Great Bitter Lake accompanied by several large tug vessels.  It is currently unclear if the vessel is in need of repair, engineers report the ship’s engine is fully functional, and both the owners and operators are indicating the ship will quickly be able to proceed to Rotterdam.

Expected impact

With supply chains already strained with the challenges faced by the pandemic, the disruption of the canal blockage is expected to have a ripple effect until the end of June. According to current data there are over 370 vessels currently anchored, waiting to move through the canal, with many more on their way to the region.

Extended transit times, further blank sailings, port congestion and a lack of empty containers, will likely result in an increase in rates through congestion surcharges, PSS and other emergency surcharges carriers may impose.

Alternative solutions

Last week our Customer teams priority was identifying the shipments that are on the vessels queuing and inform Ligentia customers of expected delays. This week our teams are working with Ligentia customers to implement changes to future bookings to move stock quicker and consider different modal options. Our sea-air Dubai to UK service, air services and rail services, are all options currently being considered as our dedicated teams work hard to find solutions.

For more information on available capacity over the coming months click here to send your shipment enquiry.

On Tues 23rd March 2021 one of the world’s largest shipping vessels ‘Ever Given’, run aground causing Egypt’s Suez Canal to be blocked. With authorities currently scrambling to refloat the cargo ship, traffic remains halted in both directions.

Officials have blamed strong winds for pushing the Ever Given sideways, causing an immediate queue of at least 100 vessels seeking to transit between the Red Sea and Mediterranean.

The Suez Canal blockage will have a considerable impact on international trade for months to come. With supply chains already strained with the challenges faced by the pandemic, the disruption caused by further delays, schedule changes and blank sailings is expected to have a ripple effect until the end of June.

Bloomberg has today reported that Egyptian authorities appear to want to wait until Monday for a higher tide to try and tow the vessel away, indicating that the most realistic return to normal for vessel traffic will only happening in a minimum of 10 days.

Is rerouting an immediate option?

According to current data there are almost 240 vessels now queued. Fears that this will take days to resolve has led to many carriers considering rerouting vessels around Africa. Yesterday (25th March) saw Ever Greet, a sistership to the vessel blocking the canal, as the first to head south for the Cape of Good Hope. However, experts currently state that detouring ships doesn’t seem like a viable option at the moment, due to risks of taking unfamiliar routes, limited supply to the crew and an extended shipment time.

Ligentia’s Customer teams are in contact with carriers regularly regarding possible diversion of cargo vessels in transit and will update all customers impacted by this as soon as possible.

Click here to view live images of the vessels delayed due to the blockage.