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Coronavirus situation in China and Italy

Update on the areas affected in both China and now in addition Italy

China

Life and business in China continue to be strongly impacted by epidemic related interventions, but most recently we see strong indications that the government is preparing to slowly open China for business again, at least in those regions least affected by the coronavirus. As businesses and transportation infrastructure gradually open across the country, DSV China is equally increasing its staff numbers in our offices, while strictly maintaining safety measures to safeguard the well-being of our staff.

As the situation in China continues to evolve, we have updated our Q&A advisory to include the latest developments.

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Considering the disruptions, we understand that you are concerned how quickly supply chains and international shipping can resume normal operational levels now that China is reopening for business. In addition, there is a general concern that the market will almost certainly face capacity shortages for a period of time.

DSV is aware of these concerns and working proactively with our customers to understand shipping requirements for the coming weeks and to map these against available capacities. As one of the largest air and sea service providers we will fully utilize our global core carrier programmes to solicit additional capacities, as needed and available.

If you foresee significant shipping needs in the coming weeks, we encourage you to contact your dedicated DSV account manager who will assist you with the necessary planning and preparations

Several city and provincial governments have either announced (A) an official extension to the current closure of business, or (B) on a local basis implemented regulations that will limit the number of employees allowed to be actively working in offices. These regulations should apply across all business sectors, involving a range of clients, shippers and vendors alike.

As a result, a majority of DSV China mainland locations inclusive Shanghai will operate this week with limited staffing and remaining employees working remotely from home. A number of cities are still closed for business, and consequently DSV offices in these cities will be closed, with employees working remotely from home, until otherwise advised.  For South China offices, Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou are operating normally with staff on roster. 

Central Region

Shanghai - Open - operating as normal
Fuzhou – Limited - Working from home or remotely 
Nanjing - Closed - Staff working from home or remotely, some limitations
Ningbo - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Suzhou – Open - operating as normal 
Wuhan - Closed - Majority working from home, expected to open 11th March
Wuxi - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely
Xiamen - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 

North Region

Beijing - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely
Dalian - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Qingdao - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Shenyang - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Tianjin - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Xi'AN - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 

West Region

Chengdu - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely
Chongqing - Limited - Most staff working from home or remotely 
Guangzhou - Open - operating fairly normal
Shenzhen – Limited - operating fairly normal
Zhongshan – Limited - operating fairly normal
Hong Kong - Open - operating as normal
Macau - Open - operating as normal

Italy

As you may have been aware from the news and media coverage the coronavirus has reached various places in Italy. 

This has led to a shut-down of 11 cities south of Milan. 

The Italian authorities have taken strong and rapid measures to isolate these areas. This will hopefully lead to containment of the virus and a return to normal operation. 

Unfortunately the outbreak of the virus is very likely to cause service level disruption and limit availability for collections and deliveries both in and out of Italy and not just the areas currently in quarantine. 

DSV are still operating and despatching trailers to and from Italy but we are obviously restricted to how we can operate in the affected areas.

Below you can find a link to the World Health Organization general public advice;

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

We are monitoring the situation and will try and keep you updated as developments occur.