How is shipping affected by the Corona virus?
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Latest news on how freight is affected by the Corona virus. We have ongoing contact with transporters and partners regarding the current situation. DHL, DSV, Bring, TNT, UPS and others.
We expect the status to change rapidly and therefore updates will be made regularly.
Domestic freight (Within Sweden)
Updated 2020-05-26 - Updated regularly
We can see slightly longer delivery times due to increased quantities of goods and increased number of notifications.
And there is a few days period of waiting between the cargo arriving in final terminal and receivers notification of delivery options - this is due to the large amount of home delivery.
We recommend that you estimate 2-3 days longer lead time. Since we can see delays in some of the major terminals in Sweden.
Even before Corona there has been a deficit of qualified drivers, now sick leave and directives to stay isolated if you are at risk, have begun to affect the number of drivers and warehouse staff available.
Which leads to more delays in deliveries.
Several carriers have rolled out signature options to reduce contact.
For example, DHL offers all recipients to sign on their own paper with their own pen - the driver then takes a picture of it.
DHL, DSV and Bring eg. has temporarily turned off options such as loading and installation.
DSV closed its terminals in Sweden for pick-up and drop-off as of March 23 and forward - Deliveries take place as normal.
Notice! - Show consideration for drivers, they know what rules currently apply to their deliverys, keep a distance to each other and wash hands continuously.
International shipping (Within the EU, import and export)
Updated 2020-05-26 - Updated regularly
Many countries in Europe have now begun work on opening up quarantine areas again. They open in stages and the carriers have now been able to start deliveries and pick-ups in areas that were previously completely closed down. Due to high demand in these areas you should expect delays. At present, it is difficult to say how much longer it will take for any specific transport.
We recommend that all customers in consideration that it may take a few days longer than normal. Also, check with your consignor or recipient in another countrys for the latest update on how Corona affects shipments to and from the local city in the country in question.
Currently there are still delays and/or disturbances noted in the following countries eg. due to large amounts of cargo or canceled ferry departures etc.;
United Kingdom 🇬🇧
For more information on a specific area, please contact Customer service.
We see that many companies are not present on a daily basis. We recommend that you consider using delivery notification more frequently than normal. As well as checking with the person(s) who will receive / send the goods according to their routines.
Delivery to agents Delivery to agents has been affected in all or part of UK, BeNeLux, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal & Austria. This is because many agents are closed to avoid contact.
The countries that currently have normal production and where we can expect good service are the following; Norway, Finland, Denmark , Ireland, Estonia, Latvia.
We recommend that you use home delivery in countries that have active Curfew.
International shipping (Outside the EU, import and export)
Updated 2020-05-19 - Updated regularly
Freight transport to and from non-EU countries is affected by local regulations and fewer departures to and from certain countries.
Check with your consignor or recipient in another country for the latest update on how Corona affects shipments to and from the local city in the country in question.
Right now we see reduced or limited transport to and from:
Central African Republic
Norfolk Island (IP)
Wallis and Futuna
China - subject to weight limitations
On April 18 & 26, China introduced new rules regarding the export of personal protection equipment (PPE) and medical equipment related to the covid-19 outbreak.
The new rules will serve as quality control of the products before export. For those who are going to transport such goods, it is now required that all documentation is completed before the transport is booked. Goods that do not have the correct certificate and paperwork will not be released by customs.
Keep in touch with your consignor in China on these issues. Right now there may be daily changes.
There is an EU regulate export ban on personal protective equipment NEW PRODUCTS AS OF 26/4 - Read Customs Information here
Shiplink's customer service is open as usual. Weekdays 08:00 - 17:00 via chat , phone and email. Shiplink's head office is located south of Stockholm and all staff have since moved 1.5 weeks for work from home. This is to safeguard the well-being of the employees and to secure our service to you as a customer. If you have questions or concerns about Corona and how they can affect your freight, contact customer service.
We recommend you who can work from home and avoid contact with others to reduce the spread. Wash your hands carefully and often. Take care!
This article aims to provide guidance and gather the most important and necessary information
Publicerad: 03 / 04 / 2020