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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.

COVID-19 Continues To Have Detrimental Effects on Air Freight Shipments

With much of the UK returning back to normality post the peak of the pandemic, it is apparent many people are forgetting that COVID-19 is still a major risk for all.

 

The transportation and travel industries continue to be effected by the pandemic with many shipments experiencing delays. As you may have previously seen through media outlets or personal experience, the travel industry are still experiencing shut downs and new rules prohibiting easy travel. Therefore, the availability for flights remains scarce as less people are travelling the demand for aviation companies to provide a full flight schedule is not present.

With the few flights available, logistics companies are unable to obtain bookings with ease.  When cargo space is available flights continue to be cancelled due to fewer people being able to freely travel.

 

With the demand for air freight cargo remaining high and the lack of availability or cancellations, airlines continue to provide sky high rates for customers.

 

Here at Sandford we continue to search for the best possible rates.

Shut Down In Italy

In August in Italy, the country enjoys a short break which means many business shut down for the duration of August.

Addressing the above, please note there is now limited availability for shipping both to and from Italy. The knock-on effect of this means there is also a spike in costs of shipping to/from Italy.

BREXIT UPDATE: UK Officially Leave the EU on 31st January 2020


It is official; the UK will leave the EU on 31st January 2020. The UK will enter the transition period from 1st February 2020 until 31st December 2020.

The EU President (Ursula von der Leye) and Boris Johnson have now signed the WAB (The Withdrawal Agreement) which just anticipates approval from the EU parliament. The WAB warrants the UK leave the EU in methodically and provides a transition period.

The transition period will commence on the 1st February 2020, and conclude on 31st December 2020. In this time, nothing changes and existing agreements remain the same.

The most important part of this transition period for our customers, is that trade remains as present. There is no need for amendments when shipping goods to and from Europe until the commencement of the transition period at the end of 2020.

This period allows time for the UK and EU to consult the prospective relationship. We understand the concerns of our customers, partners and colleagues of what Brexit will mean for us all.

We will continue to keep you updated with an important Brexit News.

Sea Freight

WARNING: UK Port Closures

Dear Customer,

Due to the progressive bad weather recently the ports have been closing for short periods of time. In spite of this, we are sorry to notify that there will be longer closures. The closures will affect both FCL and LCL operations.

In recent weeks there has been an increase in volume of containers coming on vessels, which has subsequently put pressure on the port/unpacking stations which are becoming increasingly congested. They are doing their best to get operations running smoothly again by extending hours and working weekends.

We will continue to keep you all informed regarding your shipments

Thank you for your patience.