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COVID-19 - UPDATE

Please find below our latest update on COVID-19, which today reportedly affects 194 countries and territories; the current status of operations in the USA, Asia and Europe as well as the UK, and measures taken across all Woodland Group offices.

As COVID-19 cases increase across Europe, USA and the UK, we continuously review our global operations to protect the health and safety of you, our staff and communities and thank you for your trust and support in managing these unprecedented times together.

Woodland Group General

All Woodland Group offices and warehouses worldwide are open and will continue to follow respective local government, state or federal regulations. The transport industry is key in supporting our communities and social and economic infrastructures through this pandemic, and as such, our staff are considered 'key' or 'essential workers' and will continue to work to keep your supply chains going.

  • All but our 'key workers' are working working remotely and still available via their usual contact details with all phones, emails and internal software fully operational.
  • Our teams across the globe can provide agile transport and fulfilment solutions to support you through these unprecedented times.
  • We have introduced additional strict site protocol and have put measures in place to avoid external and internal third-party contact for our drivers and warehouse staff who continue to move product and meet public demand.
  • Please find below a global overview - please don't hesitate to contact your local Woodland representative should you have any questions.
USA

Los Angeles

  • Ocean Freight – LA/LGB ports remain open and operational as of 3/20. The Container Freight Stations have warehouse operations open, but office staff is working remotely. Release of import cargo is taking a bit longer than normal due to office staff capabilities being reduced. Terminal closures are being rotated, so they can be cleaned and sanitised.
  • Air Freight – capacity from LAX continues to be reduced. Passenger airlines have started to announce cargo only charter flights from LAX & SFO to certain destinations. We are monitoring the rates and capacity closely as the schedules are being finalised.
  • As per state regulations, all our staff are working remotely until the work from home mandate is lifted. All staff can be contacted via their usual contact details and the office phone line is open as normal.
  • Our LA warehouse is operational as normal, receiving goods between 8am to 5pm.

Chicago

  • Ocean Freight – The Chicagoland Rail Ramps/CY’s remain open and operational. The Container Freight Stations have warehouse operations open with some office staff working remotely. Release of import cargo is taking a bit longer than normal due to office staff capabilities being reduced.
  • Air Freight – capacity from ORD continues to be reduced.
  • Our office staff are working remotely until the work from home mandate is lifted. The current measures are set to expire on 7th April.
  • All our staff can be reached via their usual contact details and the office phone line is open as normal.

New Jersey Office/Warehouse

  • Our NJ warehouse is operating as usual, receiving goods between 7:30AM – 4PM.
  • We’re fully staffed and will continue to move airfreight / ocean consols as usual, taking space and booking limitations into consideration.
  • Our office staff will partially be working from home as of Tuesday 3/24, but will remain fully operational.
  • Office phone lines will be covered, and all staff will be available via their normal contact details.
  • Ocean Freight – NJ / NY ports will remain open as will local Container Freight Stations. Import releases may be delayed due to office staff capabilities being reduced.

Woodland NYC

  • Our office staff have been working remotely since WED 3/18 and will continue to do w/c 6th April.  All phones are diverted and will be covered remotely by staff. 

Woodland Atlanta

  • Our Atlanta office will remain fully functional, with working remotely.​ All phones are diverted and will be covered remotely by staff. 

Woodland Boston

  • Our Atlanta office will remain fully functional, with working remotely.​ All phones are diverted and will be covered remotely by staff. 

USA Trucking:

Truckers across the US are scheduled to remain operational. However, we do anticipate some driver shortages across the states with a work from home mandate. 

UK
The UK government announced that businesses would work remotely except for 'key' or 'essential workers' and schools would be closed from 20th March onwards (except for children of 'key' workers and vulnerable children, who will still attend select schools open specifically for them). The transport industry is key in supporting social and economic infrastructures through this pandemic, and as such, our warehouse staff and drivers, as well as a select number of office staff are considered 'key' or 'essential workers'.
Woodland Group UK:
  • All staff not required in the warehouse as 'essential workers' are working from home 
  • Staff working remotely are still available via their usual contact details with all phones, emails and internal software fully operational.
  • All UK warehouses are fully operational - we have introduced additional strict site protocol and have put measures in place to avoid external and internal third-party contact for drivers and warehouse staff.

Woodland Logistics / UK trucking

  • Our office-based staff are working remotely and available via their normal contact details with operational fleet planning and management going ahead as usual
  • All of our drivers have been working tirelessly alongside our warehouse staff and global teams to supply the public and public services with much-needed goods safely and timely.
Ireland
  • Ports and airports remain operational and our Woodland Ireland team are continuing to provide supply chain solutions nationally and internationally.
  • Our Woodland Ireland team members are currently working remotely and can be contacted via their normal email and phone numbers, with office numbers being redirected.
Europe
  • Businesses are asked to work remotely, and isolation measures have been implemented.
  • Transport across Europe currently remains operational with Woodland's European team processing enquiries as normal, and our our warehouses and transport fleet fully operational
  • Most European countries have an un restricted movement of vehicles however border checks are creating extra waiting times and adding to transit times door-door. 
  • While transport and supply chain companies remain operational across Europe, there are country specific restrictions being enforced/introduced including rules around vehicles transiting and/or maximum operating times of international drivers from certain countries before having to exit. 
  • Couriers across Europe are experiencing delivery delays (between 2-4 days) due to reduced staffing levels and some postcodes in France and Italy are not receiving home deliveries due to lockdown measures taken locally. 
Hong Kong & China
  • A promising improvement on the Hong Kong to Europe market has been reported and is continuing, with reported volumes for the last week of March 26% higher than before the Chinese New Year started.
  • Our Hong Kong office is fully operational.
  • Hong Kong is experiencing severe capacity shortage due to cancelled passenger flights.
  • Scheduled freighters ex-Hong Kong are full, and rates are increasing frequently.​
China
  • The CAAC announced that every foreign airline will be required to maintain only one air route to China and operate no more than one flight a week starting Mar 28, 2020, in order to cut international passenger flights and curb imported novel coronavirus infections. This has resulted in severe capacity shortage with rates increasing significantly.
  • Supply chain ground operations are recovering but air cargo capacity remains extremely tight, resulting in longer/slower transit times and higher rates.
  • All offices are now open and operating normally with the exception of Wuhan.
  • All ports are open with the exception of Wuhan and are operating normally
Rail - We operate an express rail solution from various origins in China to the UK: 
  • Both LCL and FCL 
  • 13-15 day transit window
  • 17-19 day door to door service 
  • Pricing levels are at approximately 10% of the cost of current market airfreight levels 

Contact us here for more information.

If you are affected by businesses closures due to COVID 19 Government Guidelines, we can support with the following through our owned offices and local expertise across the UK, USA and Asia:

  • Warehousing at origin using our Delayed in Transit ( DIT) Facilities in China and USA
  • Warehousing across the UK / Ireland offering both short and long term storage
  • Bonded Storage Facilities in UK & Ireland
  • Off Quay Container Storage in the UK and Ireland

All carriers operating routes from Asia to Europe are operating normally but capacity on the Asia-Europe trade route is down by 50% in April.

Please find below an overview of blank sailings:

Alliance

Service

ETD 1st Port

Capacity

THE Alliance

FE4

Ningbo March 22, 2020

15000 TEUs

FE5

Laem Chabang March 23, 2020

14000 TEUs

FE3

Hong Kong March 28, 2020

14000 TEUs

FE2

Pusan April 21, 2020

20000 TEUs

FP2

Laem Chabang April 25, 2020

14000 TEUs

FE3

Hong Kong May 4, 2020

14000 TEUs

FE4

Qingdao May 4, 2020

24000 TEUs

MD1

Qingdao May 5, 2020

14000 TEUs

MD2

Pusan May 5, 2020

14000 TEUs

MD3

Pusan May 9, 2020

14000 TEUs

Ocean Alliance

FAL1/AEU2

Xingang March 14, 2020

18000 TEUs

FAL8/AEU9

Ningbo March 22, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL3/AEU6

Qingdao March 23, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL8/AEU9

Ningbo March 31, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL7/AEU7

Xiamen April 2, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL8/AEU9

Ningbo April 7, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL7/AEU7

Xiamen April 9, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL3/AEU6

Qingdao April 13, 2020

13500 TEUs

FAL5/AEU1

Shanghai April 19, 2020

19000 TEUs

FAL6/AEU5

Kaohsiung April 20, 2020

20000 TEUs

FAL8/AEU9

Ningbo April 21, 2020

14000 TEUs

FAL1/AEU2

Xingang April 23, 2020

16000 TEUs

FAL7/AEU7

Xiamen April 30, 2020

14000 TEUs

MEX2/AEM1

Qingdao March 2, 2020

14000 TEUs

PHOEX/AEM6

Shanghai March 4, 2020

6000 TEUs

PHOEX/AEM6

Shanghai March 18, 2020

6000 TEUs

PHOEX/AEM6

Shanghai April 1, 2020

6000 TEUs

MEX2/AEM1

Qingdao April 13, 2020

14000 TEUs

MEX1/AEM2

Qingdao April 15, 2020

11000 TEUs

2M Alliance

AE1

Ningbo April 3, 2020

13000 TEUs

AE20

Shanghai March 30, 2020

14000 TEUs


We will continue to update you on any changes to our global offices and/or effects on supply chain solutions.
 
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with your local Woodland representative should you have any questions - thank you for your continued trust and support.

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