As reported here
last week, China extended the Lunar New Year holiday to February 2,
advising people to just stay home, but FlyingTypers learned
that most provincial governments, including the areas of Eastern China
and Guangdong, have instructed businesses to remain shuttered until
February 9 at 24:00.
China Customs however, will open February
On the manufacturing side, normal production
is expected to resume around February 15.
Aim On Charges
Today, January 31, Dr. Stephane Graber,
Director General of FIATA, the global freight forwarder organization
noted, that “the recent position of the Chinese government and
Provinces to extend the Chinese New year as well as new restrictions
on the movement of people in China has a significant downstream effect
on the movement of goods which raises issues for international freight
forwarders especially noting the position which may be adopted by
shipping lines as to their position on container demurrage or detention
Up In The Air
“Curtailment of flights to China
by airlines will severely impact airfreight importations and exportations
as in the main, such freight is uplifted as belly hold cargo and this
is an issue outside the control of international freight forwarders
in meeting client expectations,” Dr. Graber said.
“The China event,” Dr. Graber
warned, “should not be seen as an opportunity for shipping lines
to make windfall profits to offset other expenses of operation.
“This is a time for these entities
to exercise corporate responsibility which meets community expectations
in such difficult circumstances. FIATA, and its members in particular
and, the trading community at large, will watch with interest as to
how this responsibility is exercised,” he concluded.
The Airline Factor
On Wednesday announced cancellations of all flights to mainland China
with immediate effect.
“Lufthansa Group has decided to suspend its Lufthansa, SWISS
and Austrian Airlines passenger flights to/from mainland China until
9 February with immediate effect." Lufthansa Cargo's freighter
aircraft from and to the Chinese mainland will from now on operate
exclusively according to a special flight schedule (all times Coordinated
LH8400 / 2 February 2020 (Boeing 777F)
FRA 10:55 – PVG 23:20 (via OVB)LH8401 / 3 February 2020 (Boeing
PVG 01:35 – FRA 14:55 (via OVB)LH8404 / 3 February 2020 (Boeing
FRA 05:30 – PVG 17:55 (via OVB)LH8405 / 3 February 2020 (Boeing
PVG 20:35 – FRA 09:55+1 (via OVB)LH8404 / 5 February 2020 (Boeing
FRA 05:30 – PVG 17:55 (via OVB)LH8405 / 5 February 2020 (Boeing
PVG 20:35 – FRA 09:55+1 (via OVB)
"In light of the Government Response Plan to combat the novel
coronavirus infection and in view of market demand, Cathay Pacific
and Cathay Dragon will be progressively reducing the capacity of our
passenger flights to and from mainland China by 50% or more from 30
January to the end of March, 2020."
American Airlines: “Given the significant decline in demand for travel to
and from China, American Airlines will suspend travel between Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)
as well as LAX and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) from
Feb. 9 through March 27, 2020.”
More : https://www.aacargo.com/about/alerts.html