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Extreme Weather in China – Typhoon Season & Flooding

The newest treat to the global supply chain industry is the extreme weather in China. Typhoon season pierces challenges to all modes of transport across china triggering additional delays at China’s busiest ports.

In southern China, Yantian port has temporarily stopped drop-off services of containers due to a typhoon alert in the Shenzhen area. Just two weeks previous Shanghai’s Yangshan port was evacuated due to Typhoon In-Fa hitting into the Chinese coast line producing extensive flooding and damaging stowed containers which were due to export to the USA.

Typhoon In-Fa has similarly disturbed factory operations in eastern Chin, with major ports along the Yangtze River having ceased operations last week. This may add further delays to your supply chain operations if the goods are of China origin.

Importing from China has become overstretched due to issues such as the Global pandemic, the Suez Canal blockage and now the extreme weather. This means the continuance of delays, sky high rates, shortage of equipment and available bookings.

We are saddened to announce that officials in China predict more typhoons hitting china in the coming months. Consequently, the continuance of delays and inflation in rates are predicted to run through until at the Lunar New Year in 2022.

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IMO 2020- Surcharge Explained

Dear all our Customers,

As some of you may be aware, there has recently been new IMO2020 regulations. The IMO2020 regulations stand for the transition of environmentally aware low sulphur fuel. Shipping lines have announced they will charge the environmental fuel fee (EFF) from December 1st 2019. Therefore, this surcharge will now appear in our costings whether this is quotations, invoicing etc.

Please be aware this surcharge will vary depending on shipping line. However, Sandford Freight will continue to ensure we are providing the best cost and service possible.

Any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with our sea freight shipping team.