The Australian Government will re-launch hundreds of flights to deliver fresh produce to key international markets in a A$170 million boost to an export sector grounded by COVID-19.
We understand that clients are concerned about the status of shipping around the world, and particularly Australia / China traffic and the Asia Pacific region in general. Here is an update.
Major airlines have suspended international services through Brisbane as a result of Covid-19. Alternative options for cargo include the SIA Freighter via Sydney and the new Qatar Airways flights.
Maritime Safety Queensland bans commercial ships from entering ports in Queensland if the ship or crew has been in any country outside of Australia within the last 14-days.
As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to disrupt trade around the world, China claims some success in containment while other hot-spots emerge, particularly in Europe.
Qantas has announced further cuts to its international flights following the spread of the Coronavirus, which has resulted in a sudden and significant drop in demand for air services.
With 80% of global cargo trade carried by sea, the COVID-19 crisis presents new challenges to shipowners and container lines in keeping their operations commercially viable.
As China makes some progress in stemming new cases of COVID-19, new outbreaks occur in Italy, South Korea & Iran, and effects are felt as far as Australia, North America & Europe.
Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has warned that earnings will be hit by the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, not only in China, but across the world.
There are reports of a shortage of refrigerated containers in Australia, caused by reduced activity at China’s ports following COVID-19 and the extension of the CNY holidays.