ICE Operations Amid COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like to remind our valued partners and customers that ICE has put a remote work schedule in place across all our branches in Australia as part of our efforts to protect our staff and remain servicing you as efficiently as possible.
We remain fully operational and ready to take on any new jobs.
Below is a breakdown of operations in Australia amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Seaports continue to operate as usual across Australia. Throughout May, there will be some blank sailings out of China and Europe and therefore it is important to book early to meet your desired schedule.
Due to the current climate, we are requesting that all sea freight imports are arranged on a seaway bill or telex release. By avoiding original bills of lading we can prevent any delays on arrival due to office closures. If originals are required by your shipper, please let us know prior to arranging the shipment so we can work with you on an alternative solution.
Please place bookings early to mitigate risk.
Airfreight both into and out of Australia is in high demand with limited flight options. Rates are changing daily and schedules are extended. If you have an airfreight request please contact our team and be aware that pricing is high at this current time.
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- We currently have Seafreight options ex China and availability for bookings but blank sailings are putting pressure on flexible scheduling. Our advice remains to book early to secure space and meet your required timeframes. The outlook to June and July indicates more blank sailings will be introduced as volume decreases are thought to fluctuate between 10 and 25%.
- According to China ports & harbours association, the key ports in China have reduced container throughput by approx 5% year on year
- Airfreight services are currently available, prices have increased substantially. In some cases we are seeing prices per KG eight to ten times standard market cost. Transit times have also increased with less direct options available.
- A conditional movement control order beginning on 4 May has been announced to ease the partial lockdown implemented since March. Almost all economic sectors will be allowed to open with conditions to adhere to standard operating procedures.
- Some flights are delayed and backlogs are creating scheduling issues to a decrease in service options.
- Much longer processing time for Customs Clearance process for imports into Indonesia.
- Trucking services are running smoothly with less traffic and congestion due to working from home arrangements.
- No major impacts on exports.
- The central government has said the COVID-19 situation was “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur and Kolkata. In what could be another cause for concern in India’s fight against coronavirus, it has come to light that over 80% of the cases in India are asymptomatic. Governments of many major States like Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, etc have not opted for the relaxation due to ‘no significant drop in new cases’. India government have further extended the lockdown for another 2 weeks until 17th May.
- Most Airlines have suspended a significant number of international flights to and from India. Freighter services are operating as an alternative.
- Shortage of drivers and labour is impacting normal operations
- Only vessels certified with ‘Healthy’ report will be allowed to disembark the cargo.
- Due to the effect COVID-19 is having on the Trade Industry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting requests for duty-payment extensions.
- No major freight changes being experienced. Previous fears of cargo backlogs at the cargo terminals have been eased due the continuing operation of the supply chain and the anticipated downturn in imports from China due to order cancellations.
- Airfreight services are at a premium with charter options being introduced by some airlines
- Some easing of restrictions however the worst affected areas in the North still remain in full lockdown. Police barriers are impacting trucking operations and causing delays as freight moves between cities.
- Blank sailings have been introduced by Cosco and Hapag with CMA reworking their schedule on an ongoing basis. Sea ports continue to operate and sailings are still available but booking in advance is key.
- With a significant amount of aircraft currently grounded, there are limited airfreight services operating at current. Qatar airlines opened bookings and then closed shortly after due to a backlog. Singapore airlines can offer some space to Australia but prices are at a premium.
- German authorities have decided to reimpose controls on the nation’s borders with France, Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Commuters would still be allowed to travel.
- As per Italy, Sea ports continue to operate and sailings are still available but booking in advance is key. Blank sailings into June and July will result in high demand and potential implementation of peak season surcharges.
- For airfreight, most of the freighters continue to operate but we are already seeing cancellations to some destinations due to low export volume. Passenger flights are extremely limited at a premium.
- Some restrictions expected to be eased on May 11 however the health emergency has been extended till late July.
- Sea freight remains somewhat problematic with blank sailings. Customers are advised to book in advance and be aware of steep price increases.
- Only charter connections and Cargo flights operate until further notice.
- The country borders are closed to foreigners. French citizens entering the country are obligatorily quarantined for 14 day period.
- Airfreight: Operational but still high marked volumes. Full and part charter options, as well as the use of freighter networks, has become key.
- Oceanfreight: can still be fulfilled but space is tight.
- UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and other countries in the Middle East have partially lifted lockdown restrictions.
For the most up to date case numbers and more official information about the COVID-19, visit the Australian Department of Health page.