The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus throughout the central province of Hubei in China, originating in the city of Wuhan, has resulted in multiple fatalities throughout China, with other cases of infection found abroad in multiple countries, including Australia.
As the virus has spread significantly throughout China, authorities are working to contain it. The risk is exacerbated due to the Chinese New Year period as hundreds of millions of people are travelling between multiple cities during the holiday period.
To assist in containing the virus, the Chinese Government has announced an extension to the Lunar New Year Holiday by three days in some areas, while some businesses have been ordered by the central government to suspend operations until February 10th, 2020 with travel restrictions put in place and public events cancelled. Extensions to the holiday are still not yet fully known and this will depend on the municipal area.
The anticipated impact of the virus will result in significant delays in production and loadings, of both air and sea cargo, due to both the extended supplier closures, labour shortages due to the travel restrictions and restrictions placed of the logistics operators who facilitate the movement of cargo.
VGL’s offices in China, will at this stage remain open.
For any additional information, please contact your Customer Service Representative.