Effects of the corona virus on global road freight transport
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Update on Coronavirus
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Expo-Cargo Ltd. is very concerned about the geographical extension of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, especially about the rising number of cases in Europe and in our home country. Our thoughts are with all affected worldwide!
Expo-Cargo is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy of disease containment. So far, the WHO has not imposed restrictions on the movement of goods across borders and international trade. However, local authorities may impose restrictions for specific areas showing clusters of infections. Of course, we are following such measures strictly.
The health and the safety of our employees has highest priority for us. In this respect, we are adopting the WHO guidelines for all our staff.
We are ordering 14 days self-quarantine for employees returning from specific affected regions. We also prescribe following proper precautions and recommend contacting the local medical services for all employees showing symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty in breathing. Besides those measures we instructed our employees to:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching mouth or eyes to limit the risk of infection spread.
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue, or a sleeve or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing, throw the used tissue into a closed bin immediately after use; wash hands/skin well afterwards.
Limit physical contact with colleagues and visitors in the workplace: reduce the frequency of face-to-face contact and avoid direct contact, e.g. hand shake. Instead of shaking hands we recommend to welcome visitors with a smile.
We have available hand disinfectants in all our offices and encourage our staff to follow the above WHO recommendations. In order to be effective in this respect, we encourage all our partners to also follow the same guidelines.
We are monitoring the situation very closely and are prepared to adapt further measures if necessary.
Current situation regarding transports to, from and in China
Current implications of the Coronavirus epidemic to the transport industry.learn more Close
The situation does not seem to be calming down. Yet, the effects on world trade and thus logically on the forwarding and logistics industry have intensified:
Labor and infrastructure situation
Labor is only slowly coming back to work but only limited number of employees physically go to office. There is limited connectivity.
Offices in China have restrictions such as health check at entry/exit, no use of public infrastructure such as toilets, shopping for food and drinks. Airconditioning has been switched off.
Truck-drivers are missing. Only approx 30% of the truck dirvers are working.
The infrastructure in most ports (such as Shanghai) are closed for cargo coming from Mainland China. They accept it, but are putting it into a 14 days quarantine.
Most airlines have already extended their suspension of flights from/to China. As an example, British Airlines is not flying until end of April 2020, Lufthansa and Swiss until end of March 2020.
China outbound business
Production is almost at zero and if cargo has been produced it cannot go out.
Inland transportation to the ports very limited.
Ports have tough security measures in place that will cause delays.
China inbound business
Imports to China to non-critical areas can happen but with massive delays.
No transportation into critical areas, also because drivers will not go there.
Equipment and capacity situation
Worrying shortage of equipment expected in Europe. While Reefers are already sold out, we expect similar situation for Dry Containers very soon.
Carriers are managing their capacity with numerous blank sailings affecting both directions.
Shipping lines advice on some emerging quarantine requirements imposed by regulatory bodies for vessels which have visited or are from China.
Certification ISO 9001:2015
The Quality Management of the entire Lamprecht Group Switzerland was successfully audited in April, 2018 by Bureau Veritas Switzerland. At the same time, the transition in accordance with the latest quality standards ISO 9001:2015 was effected.learn more Close
The certificate ISO 9001:2015 confirms that Lamprecht Transport Ltd. complies with the current international ISO standards and the therein specified quality standards. The certified processes guarantee the high quality of our services and enable a continuous improvement in favour of our customers.
Our quality system is an important tool in our daily work. The operational procedures become thus traceable and transparent.
We are pleased to inform you that the quality of our clearly set processes have been approved again by a neutral assessment company.
Our new certificate in compliance with ISO 9001:2015 will be valid until July, 2021. The certificate for download.