Domestic and international transport operation

Savino Del Bene is carefully monitoring the evolving situation caused by the spreading of the COVID-19. We are strongly committed to mitigate any potential impact on the supply chains and operations of our customers while ensuring the safety of our employees. Strongly following the recommendations provided by each Government.

Savino Del Bene remains fully operational around the globe, continuing to offer all global and domestic transportation while adhering to government and health regulations. Our global reach, technology and multimodal global transportation management system enable us to continue to support our network of customers worldwide.

We will post updates as new information becomes available. Should you need further information, have any concerns or queries, Please do not hesitate to reach out to your local Savino Del Bene office.

General Situation

The reductions and cut of passengers flights by the carriers, lead to severe shortage of capacity on important trade lanes. However the request of transporting personal protective equipment and other essential goods has increased but not enough to compensate the global reduction of flights. Savino Del Bene with its long-term partnership with the most important carriers, is working very hard to meet customer’s needs with the organization of weekly Charters solutions especially on the trade lane Europe – North America.

Update by Region

Between the European Union and within the Schengen Area the flow of goods is free, but with priority to the flow of essential good such as foodstuff, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, due to this restriction other goods could be affected bydelays.

Air freight: Savino Del Bene air freight operations are running, but with the reduction of passengers’ flights, the cargo capacity has been reduced significantly especially to major markets.

Ocean freight: the sea freight service is fully operative but with difficult conditions. Space and equipment remain very tight as all services are filling up. On the Asia-Europe route, due to the low demand for space on vessels, the carriers are introducing blank sailing, as a result non-vessel owning operators have been forced to hold empty equipment longer than usual, incurring more detention and demurrage charges, chassis fees and repositioning costs, in addition to possible interchange fees.

Overland freight: Land transport within the European Union is active but with some slowdowns due to the introductions of the border controls and sanitary measures, however there are Green Lanes at the borders to ensure the flow of goods. Trains connecting Europe to/from China are running with no restrictions, but with possible delays on pre and post carriage by the truck service, on customs declarations.

Savino Del Bene is fully operative with its 36 offices between Canada, USA and Mexico.

Air freight: the movements of essential goods is guaranteed, however since it became effective the reduction applied to passenger flight between North America and Europe, it caused a severe drop in the capacity available in this lane. While the airfreight capacity from Asia to North America is extremely tight.

Ocean freight: sea freight operations are fully operational, however due to the decrease in the carrier operations, some terminal and ports are working with reduced hours. The priority in all terminal is given to the movements of medical goods, and it is guaranteed also the movement for other goods.

Overland: demand for truck services within the US for the transport of essential goods is very congested. Road transport in Mexico is running for essential goods, but exports so far didn’t stop.

All Savino Del Bene offices in the region are handling business. Ports are operational but with delays. The overall operational status of airports, truckers and customs is stable, however the capacity has been reduced drastically with the reduction of the passenger flights.

Argentina: Imports are not anymore reduced to essential goods.

Brasil: Sea freight and land transport is operative without any restrictions, while the airfreight experience a lack of capacity.

Chile: Transport of sea freight and airfreight is operative to ensure the flow of goods.

Colombia:  The main production activities, construction and manufacturing have reopened. Ports, airports, land and customs operate normally, as well as all logistical activities, considered fundamental activities.

Costa Rica: Air borders and land borders are open not only for cargo.

Cuba: Airports, Ports and related facilities will serve only authorized flights with passengers or cargo, due to health care and related reasons. Cargo transportations by land remain in force observing local health measures.

Dominican Republic: Currently there aren’t restrictions on airfreight and sea freight. To ensure the flow of goods there are charter freight services from Europe, and a bridge of flights from/to Miami.

Nicaragua: Even if there is no restriction few passenger flight and only cargo one. Ports are working normally.

Panama: There are no restrictions for air or sea shipments. Air freight services are guaranteed through charter flight and air cargo service. The ports keep working without interruptions, but with difficulties.

Peru: congestion problems in Callao port terminals are still present. Passengers flights are allowed.

Uruguay: The businesses started to open, construction works regularly. Freight transport works smoothly, the port and airport of Montevideo works normally, however with no passengers, there are only cargo flights.

Local authorities have introduced more stringent controls, despite the challenging environment, due also by the Ramadan celebration, Savino Del Bene offices in the region are fully operative and handling the business regularly.

Algeria: to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Algeria closed its borders. The country is partially reopening, Blida is still in lockdown. Only cargo but reduced flights, and seafreight operations are regular but with delays, due to quarantine measures.

Republic of Congo: closed borders to travelers, but they remain open to freight, and opening forecast for June 1st. Passengers flight have been suspended, and ports authorities are operating regularly.

Egypt: is experiencing curfew from 9 pm till 6pm, only truck services are allowed to operate during these hours. Air flights have been reduced, and only cargo are allowed to fly. Sea freight is operational on day by day basis.

Ghana: the situation is stable in Ghana and almost all activities are back to normal with the exception of land borders and airport closure to human traffic till May 31st. The suspension of all international flights (except emergency, medical evacuation, cargo flights and landing for refuel) has been extended until end of May. The most affected department is the airport operations because PAX aircraft will not be allowed until May 31st, but only cargo planes.

Mozambique: is in a state of emergency until May 31st. Air freight operations are weak due to reductions of flights. Sea freights is regular but with delays in the operations. Most airlines are now cancelling their passenger flights but freighter aircraft remain operational.

South Africa: On 1 May, South Africa began easing the restrictive measures, in order to ensure business continuity and flow of goods.. Already industries which are considered essential have been allowed to reopen with restrictions. South African airports are operating at reduced capacity. Only selected commodities may be transported to South Africa.

Tunisia: Lockdown termination will be in progress over 3 phases, the governments hopes to fully restart the economic activity by June 14th. Passengers flights have been suspended and only cargo flights are operated. Seafreight activity is regular.

Local authorities called for more restrictive measures, moreover all operations have been reduced with the staring of the Ramadan in April 23rd and Savino Del Bene offices are operational in the region.

Iraq: restrictions will start to be relaxed from May 12th, but it will probably be extended to the Eid of Ramadan. There aren’t particular operational problems to Airports and ports.

Turkey: There is not a total lockdown, businesses are running but with reduced staff. For aifreight it is necessary to get the permission from customs and Trade Ministry to import medical supply, for all other goods can fly without special permissions. International flights are open only for cargo and not for passengers. Ocean freight is operational on regularly basis. Regarding the overland services, intermodal services are very active.

Countries in the region are returning operational based on local risk assessments, and governmental procedures. China returned to normal activity, while India had to extend the lockdown period. Savino Del Bene offices in this area are fully operative from office and in smart working in order to ensure the flow of goods.

China: normalized situation and checks are carried out on all in containers and shipments by area in import are strict, creating delays in customs operations.

India: The transport situation is stable, but there are still serious problems related to the lack of air and sea spaces. The situation of the main Indian ports is calm and there are no particular congestions at the moment. Road transport is normal.

Japan: Since November, the pandemic has started to hit Japan again and they are already calling it the third wave. Transport service is regular.

Kazakhstan: As per decree of President isolation period is till May 11, then will depend on actual situation in cities and regions. As concerns Almaty some of production/economic companies resumed their operation, remaining companies shall resume on mid-May.

South Korea: the government didn’t introduce a total lockdown. Seafreight logistics and overall supply chain remain stable with all trucking, customs clearance and warehousing operating as usual. Each visitor arriving in the country, even if permanent resident or with working visa, is subject to a period of 2 weeks quarantine. Recently the customers accept meeting upon appointment.

Savino Del Bene offices are fully operational, however countries in the region are returning to normal based on local risk assessments, and governmental procedures.

Cambodia: Government allowed to operate all the business sectors with social distancing from 20 April.

Singapore: Government will allow some essential companies to resume business operations gradually from 12th May 2020 while maintaining a partial lockdown until 01st June 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Indonesia: Jakarta Government only allowed essential sectors of the economy and business activities to operate (subject to the terms and SOPs set by the authorities) from 8th of April 2020 until 22nd of May 2020 at the moment. Surabaya Government only allowed essential sectors of the economy and business activities to operate (subject to the terms and SOPs set by the authorities) from 29th of April 2020 until 13th of May 2020 at the moment. Bali Government allowed all business activities to operate with social distancing.

Malaysian: Government allowed almost all sectors of the economy and business activities to operate all over the country from Monday 4th of May. The official end of the Movement Control Order (MCO) remains on the 12th of May at the moment.

Thailand: government allowed most of the business activities to operate follow the restriction set by May 1st.

Vietnam: Government allowed to operate all the business sectors with social distancing from 22nd April.

Australia: Lockdown eased started 2nd May without effecting essential services.

Airfreight: Most of the airlines have reduced or suspended flights, therefore capacity constraints.

Ocean Freight: Ports and terminal are open but with reduced hours, also due to the decrease of the volumes. Priority is given to essential goods such as goods and medical supply.