Public Health Contingency Plan –
In response to the emerging situation and the advice given by the World Heath Organisation; Officers from the Councils Port Health team have implemented enhanced surveillance measures at the Port of Felixstowe. A Public Health Emergency Plan, maintained by Port Health and its partners, is in place to respond to any significant issue.
All vessels that have called at any Chinese port are now required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) – a document from the International Health Regulations that contains information about health on board a ship.
In addition to assessment of the MDH, Officers of the Port Health Authority are also undertaking assessment of onboard documentation and providing health protection information.
Checks so far have all been negative, however Port Health remains vigilant and are monitoring the international developments closely.
Ports Waive Storage Charges –
More than 25 major coastal and river box ports, led by Shanghai, have announced this week that they will waive their storage charges for loaded containers during the period 24th January to 9th February.
In northern China, ports offering the waivers include Dalian, Yingkou, Tianjin, Qinghuangdao, Tangshan, Cangzhou, Qingdao, Rizhao, Yantai, and Bohai in eastern China.
Along the Yangtze River, the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhousham, Taicang, Lianyungang, Wuhan and Chongqing have announced the waiver offering.
In the lower part of the country, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Zhanjiang, Dongguan and Beibuwan are also part of the coalition cutting fees.
Wuhan port remains closed to date, we have not received notification on any further port closures. As expected the extended holiday has reduced demand for space with shipping lines, and blank sailings are being announced. As we gain details of delays on specific bookings our customer team will contact you to discuss next steps.
Our teams in China and Hong Kong have been able to contact more than 50% of customer’s suppliers, with the majority of factories currently listing a reopen and start production date of 10th Feb. However as the coronavirus continues to effect more people in mainland China, the Chinese government may decide to increase the holiday period further.
Air Services –
Most passenger air services have currently stopped from and to China. Freighter air services are operational however the imminent delays will restrict space availability. Therefore we would advise that if you have any air cargo to move in the next month please contact our air operations team as soon as possible.