COVID-19 Impact in Asia - Transportation Update

16 May 2022 | World | General

Bansard International is closely monitoring the situation following the coronavirus outbreak. Based on the information obtained, we have decided to share the latest updates on a regular basis. The teams remain at your disposal for any further information.

COVID-19 Impact in Asia - Transportation Update

Check out our latest country updates collected by our teams on the Asian continent: 
- Bansard Bangladesh (May 9, 2022)
- Bansard Cambodia (May 6, 2022)
- Bansard China (May 16, 2022)
- Bansard Singapore (May 6, 2022)
- Bansard Vietnam (May 6, 2022)

Please note that due to the conflict in Ukraine, all flights from Asia flying to Europe via Russian airspace are impacted. Any airline that has to change its route to avoid Russian airspace will have a 2-3 hours delay and an overall decrease in available capacity is expected.



Updated: May 9, 2022

Bansard office: Our Bangladesh team is working from the new office in full swing.

The carriers are shortenning their capacity in Bangladesh by downgrading and canceling the flights.

From December 9 2021, all flight operations at Dhaka Airport (DAC) would be suspended for 8 hours per day. Due to major maintenance work, the airport will be closed from 12 pm to 8 am daily until the maintenance work is completed, during which time the airport's runway will not be available for use. Apart from these hours, the airport will continue to operate as usual.
The maintenance period has been extended. It doesn't have a strong negative impact on air freight market.
Our Bangladesh team will follow up on the latest information and keep you informed with updates as the situation develops. 

The space and container crisi keeps going on but it has been improved. Our team recommends placing your booking as soon as possible in advance.



Updated: May 6, 2022

The pandemic is totally under control in Cambodia, everyone works normally at the office/factory. Now Cambodia is completely open to all visitors.

Bansard office: All staff in Cambodia is working from the office.



Updated: May 16, 2022

China is now facing the largest outbreak of Covid in two years. The supply chain in the areas affected by the pandemic has been stretched to the limit:

  • Shanghai, the most affected city, is still under lockdown. Authorities say from June 1 to mid/late June, as long as risks of a rebound in infections are controlled, Shanghai will fully implement epidemic prevention and control, normalize management and fully restore normal production and life in the city.
  • The cities near Shanghai, such as Ningbo and Nanjing, are also impacted. Since May 2, all citizens in seven districts of Ningbo, including Beilun District, must have a PCR test result within 48h to enter public places. There is also an important backlog in Ningbo.
  • In Guangzhou, some cases were discovered in April. Now the situation has improved a lot but our colleagues who live in high-risk areas still have to work from home.
  • Hong Kong has improved a lot. Our Hong Kong office has been back to the office. However, the cross-border trucks are still limited, sea freight still remains a reliable solution.

In the short term, once the demand resumes in Shanghai after his lockdown, our team expects more difficulties and important congestions for both air and sea freight. 

> Work from home: Shanghai
> Work from office: Beijing-Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong



Air Freight

Sea Freight




Normal but drivers must provide a 48h PCR test to enter PEK airport.



> Some areas of Chaoyang district in Beijing are closed. Nevertheless, our pick-up service is operational as long as the factories concerned are not blocked.







Importations at NKG has resumed since April 25 but all inbound general cargo is considered high-risk cargo.
> All the special special shipments as DG, refrigerated & frozen cargo are not accepted.

Nantong  port has been closed and there is no notice for the resumption date.

All the cargoes must be disinfected before entering the warehouses.

Intercity trucks are very limited in Jiangsu & drivers must provide a 24h PCR test for inter-city shipments.
> Trucking service is UNAVAILABLE in Zhangjiagang, Wuxi & Suzhou
> Jiangyin is in lockdown and it’s not possible to consolidate the cargoes there.


The air cargo terminals are operating but all freight forwarders must apply for authorization to perform regular pickup services. If the warehouse is not completely closed and the roads not closed, we can offer the pick-up service. Delays are expected due to staffing shortages.(*)
> Some international airlines have cancelled their cargo flights from/to PVG. Now most international cargo flights are operated by Chinese airlines.
> Now all
the customs officers in Shanghai are now WFH. E-customs declarations can still be done, but those requiring manual on-site operation will not be possible until the lockdown is lifted.
> Delays for inbound shipments due to the custom process and anti-pandemic process.

Currently, the terminal still operates but a lower efficiency is expected due to staffing shortage, a lower efficiency is expected
> All the container yards have been closed. Waigaoqiao FTZ is also inaccessible.
> All the unboxed cargoes are affected and will be delayed and some bulk cargoes cannot be consolidated for now. (**)
> Carriers have announced omit calling & vessel cut-off delays due to traffic restrictions.
Congestion is expected once the restrictions end.
> Operations requiring original documents are currently difficult to conduct.

Limited no. of warehouses, but able to offer inbound and consolidation service, on appointments only. Drivers must provide 24h PCR test & pass.
> Intercity transportation capacity is still extremely limited.

> All staff of the warehouses are required to work under closed loop operations. The manpower is limited. An extreme low efficiency must be expected.
> Trucks must be entirely disinfected before entering the warehouses.


Limited trucking in Shanghai but trucks from neighboring cities are able to enter, drivers need to have 24h PCR test report.
> Drivers in Shanghai must present a 24h traffic permit only for specific routes. In addition, the drivers will also have to respect the quarantine of the district.
Alternative solution via Barge/Feeder ex- Nanjing can be use for containers.

> Due to road closures, deliveries and pick-ups are not available in some areas.
> Trucking from Shanghai to any other cities is almost impossible.
> If local policy allows, under very strict restrictions, cargoes of companies with special permission can be picked up and then enter the ports in Shanghai.



All the vessels have been delayed from 5 to 10 days.
> Almost all cargo ex- Zhejiang Province has been diverted to Ningbo as an alternative port to Shanghai. This has caused an decrease of available capacities from Ningbo as well as an equipment shortage, particularly a lack of 40’HC.

> The terminal is operating but at lower efficiency due to lack of staff

Important backlog in all the warehouses in Ningbo. Only the containers on the cut-off date can be loaded in.(***)
> Some warehouses and container yards in Beilun, Ningbo have been closed. The efficiency will be reduced as a result.

> Ningbo Beilun Container-truck Service base has been temporarily closed.
> Cargoes from
Jinhua, Yiwu, Jiaxing, Chengdu, Suzhou, Xuzhou and Suqian will not be accepted.

All the truck drivers must do provide 24h PCR test.
> Since 7 April, drivers in Ningbo cannot leave Zhejiang Province.
Wenzhou, Yiwu, Jinhua, Jiaxing, Quzhou, & Hangzhou refuse all trucks from Ningbo;
Taizhou refuse bulk trucks from Ningbo.
Inter-city trucks are limited in Zhejiang Province thus the capacity has reduced.




Air Freight

Sea Freight




CAN airport operations starts to resume normal
> QR KE SQ ET flights freighter service are cancelled.


Overall logistics activity has largely recovered, but warehousing is still relatively slow.

A Covid test within 24h is required for drivers coming from other provinces.







Shortage of space at SZX cargo terminal.
Exports are not impacted.
> From April 21,
imports on SZX are limited to 250 tons per day.





Airlines are resuming normal operation.
> The lead time in cargo handling has been improved.
> Still some flights have been cancelled.

Operations are resuming normally but a slight delay (about 0.5 day) is expected in the terminal due to port congestion.

Warehouse staff are back at work and operations are back to normal.

Crossborder  groupage trucks are available but very limited due to quotas.
Express crossborder trucking is still suspended.
The transit time is about 2-3 days. Some delay is expected as there is no progress yet from SZX and HKG government about the centralized transit hubs in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Strongly impacted

> in Shanghai, last year, some employees at the PACTL terminal at PVG airport tested positive for COVID-19. In response, local authorities implemented a rotation of terminal employees including quarantine. As a result, the airport is still operational but there is a shortage of manpower, which is severely reducing available capacity. There is currently no timetable for a return to normal operations.
(*)From 28 March, PACTL's cargo terminals have suspended acceptance of refrigerated and frozen cargo. Now there is no notice for the resumption date.
From 1 April, the international inbound trucking services of PVG have been suspended. Now there is no notice for the resumption date.
From 2 May, all inbound PAX flights of Chinese airlines are allowed to land in Shanghai.

Our team strongly recommends redirecting the cargo to other cities such as Zhengzhou (CGO), Qingdao (TAO), Beijing (PEK) or Guangzhou (CAN). Nevertheless, please inform our team as soon as possible, so that we can ensure the proper booking of the space, which will become more and more tight and expensive.

With our additional partner warehouse locations in Zhejiang and Jiangsu areas, we also have the option of having cargo delivered direct, or delivered to those warehouse locations and arrange for certified trucks to transfer to PVG or other airports to export.

> in Hong Kong, the lead time in cargo handling has been improved but there still are some flights canceled.

> in Zhengzhou, a PCR test within 24 hours is required for drivers who want to enter CGO. A pass is also necessary for the trucks. 

> in Beijing, a PCR test within 48 hours is required for drivers who want to enter PEK. 

According to project44, THE Alliance will blank 33% of its scheduled sailings from Asia, the Ocean Alliance will void 37%, while the 2M alliance of MSC and Maersk will cancel 39% of its headhaul voyages. Please prepare in advance for the arrival of the peak season. It is inevitable that shipping companies offload containers for the next available sailing due to space constraints.

Now we are facing a 40HQ container shortage mainly in North Asia due to the recent port omissions at QINGDAO, but we can offer an alternative solution with the substitution of 45HQ / 2x20DV / 40NOR. The shortage of space occurs discontinuously, which is expected to continue until June.
The space in South China is relatively sufficient while the shipping space from Ningbo port and the ports northern to Ningbo is tight. To guarantee the proper delivery of your shipment, our teams recommend that you book your space 2 weeks in advance.

Under the impact of the pandemic, we forecast that the carriers will omit ports of South and East China. Please prepare for possible delays and check your shipments with us case by case.

(**) For the cargoes in Shanghai, we make every effort to ship your goods during the lockdown period, but there are still some bulk cargoes that cannot be consolidated for now. We will arrange the shipments as soon as possible once the policy changes. Please check with us case by case about the information with the shipping lines.


Please note that due to the inflow of cargo that should have been directed to Shanghai, all the warehouses in Ningbo are running out of space. Only the cargoes on the cut-off date can be loaded in. All the vessels have been delayed from 5 to 10 days.
Our team expects the backlog won't be resolved in a short time. The warehousing and logistics in Ningbo are about to collapse. Therefore, please do not send any further cargo to Ningbo port until the situation improves.
•    If your supplier factories are in the Zhejiang Province, ONLY IF the shipment is URGENT and near the cut-off date, you can consider shipping directly ex NGB. 
As an alternative solution, we recommend you export your cargoes via Shanghai (SHA) port. SHA is running well and has the capacity to handle more cargo BUT sending the cargoes to SHA port remains still a hassle due to the number of permits needed (required at origin, transit provinces and destination). In details:
•    If your cargoes are already packed in containers, you can consider sending them to SHA port via feeders.
•    If your cargoes need to be consolidated, you must send your cargoes by trucks to our warehouses. However, the cross-city trucking is very limited due to the lockdown, and the individual policy in each city in Zhejiang province make it complex, therefore we have 2 choice: 
>> 1. You can ask the factory to send all its cargoes to our warehouses near SHA port; 
>> 2. We can provide you with our solution and we will arrange the drivers.
•    Please note that for both solutions, your supplier factories must apply for permissions (only validated for 24h)
- in Shanghai (at destination)
- in the city where the cargo is located (at origin)
- in every city that the truck will cross if necessary (any transit provinces)

• If your supplier factories are in Jiangsu Province, you can consider shipping ex Nanjing port or Taicang port via feeder to Shanghai as another option.
• If your supplier factories are in other regions, please check with our customer service team case by case.

Due to the fact that the Silk Road rail traffic passes through Russia and Belarus, our teams and partners cannot currently guarantee the smooth flow of goods in these regions, so as a precautionary measure, our rail teams are putting on hold any new bookings for an extended period.

All drivers must provide a 48h PCR test for inter-provincial shipments.
As positive cases have been detected since the beginning of March, and with the situation worsening, certain cities have started to refuse drivers from Shanghai, Suzhou, Taicang and Nanjing which may cause some delays to collections and deliveries in those areas.

> Crossborder truck between Guangdong and Hong Kong: Crossborder groupage trucks are available but very limited due to quotas. 
Express crossborder trucking is still suspended.
The transit time is about 2-3 days. Some delay is expected as there is no progress yet from SZX and HKG government regarding the centralized transit hubs in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. 

> Border control between Vietnam and China: Due to China's strict Covid-19 measures, customs clearance efficiency has been very low, with just 70-90 trucks able to cross the borders a day. On February 24, Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam have coordinated with authorities of China’s Yunnan province in holding a teleconference on customs clearance of goods and pandemic prevention and control cooperation at border gates between the two sides. The ministry proposed permitting a third party to conduct COVID-19 tests using the RT-PCR method for Vietnam’s vehicles and exports.




Updated: May 6, 2022

Beginning in April, vaccinated travelers from any country will be able to enter Singapore without quarantining or taking an additional test after arriving. From 26 April, the government announced that all employees may now return to the workplace.

Bansard office: To ensure our employees' health and safety, we are still having 75% of our staff working from the office who must be fully vaccinated.

The space is critical and the capacity is limited. Our experts expected a war surcharge as the Ukraine situation evolves.

The space is critical and the capacity is limited.




Updated: May 6, 2022

 The Ministry of Health abolished requirements of the declaration of health for both Vietnamese and foreigner when they come to Vietnam. Now everything is normal in Vietnam.

Bansard Office: All staff in Vietnam is working from the office.



The situation remains normal but some companies request the drivers to provide a Covid-19 test certificate.




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