Global Supply Chains are very important in linking various countries to international markets facilitating global trade.. Modern day supply chains come with great opportunities but also pose some challenges which can test some of the best built and run supply chains..
One such challenge that is testing the world currently is the COVID-19 pandemic which came into limelight in December 2019.. This pandemic which has spread to every country around the world has caused/is causing major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..
To understand the impact of this pandemic on the supply chain, we conducted a survey to measure the effect and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global supply chains.. It collected and analyzed data on three key aspects – Impact, Preparedness, and Recovery..
COVID-19, has changed the way this world works and is expected to continue to influence the movement of global economies, human resources, the medical field and supply chain for the foreseeable future..
As at the time of writing of this article, the global number of infected people was around 2.38+ million with 164,000+ dead which is around 6.88% of the total infected..
Several ports around the world were/are either closed or working under limited conditions with several restrictions imposed on normal port activities.. Global trade has been severely impacted and is undergoing strain as never before..
Our industry plays a highly highly pivotal role in ensuring that the flow of goods continues, especially the flow of critical and essential goods all around the world..
Its good to see that some of the shipping lines have come up with some creative cost saving options for COVID-19..
Further to the various updates we have been posting here about the COVID-19 lockdown situation in South Africa and the various regulatory changes thereof, SARS has published an update from their side on the measures relating to COVID-19 and the Impact on Customs of new Government regulations..
This update replaces the Customs Practice Note and its Explanatory Note issued on 06 and 07 April 2020 respectively..
Trade by sea must continue to flow to maintain the continued provision of essential goods, including vital medical supplies, during the unprecedented global situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was the message of a joint statement from the heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), issued on Friday (17 April).
In a press release yesterday, IMO and PSC inspection authorities announced that they have set a pragmatic approach to support global supply chain..
The port State control (PSC) regimes which carry out inspections onboard ships to monitor and enforce compliance with international regulations have highlighted their commitment to ensuring shipping continues to trade safely, securely and efficiently during the coronavirus pandemic, while respecting the important role of seafarers as key workers and protecting the environment.
In its announcement of measures for the COVID-19 lockdown, Transnet, the parastatal responsible for the operations of the ports and terminals in South Africa finalised and announced a series of measures to ensure throughput of essential services in line with the Maritime Security Regulations and Directives..
As part of these directives, only essential cargoes were allowed to be moved as directed by the Government.. On the 2nd of April 2020, these regulations were amended to allow the movement of non-essential goods as well..
Transnet has accordingly revised its operational measures and issued communication relating to the movement of non-essential goods..
On the 23rd of March 2020, the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa declared a nationwide lock-down as of the midnight of Thursday 26th March 2020..
The lockdown is part of South Africa’s bid to contain and slow down the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the country and enforces a total lockdown on all services with exception of essential services as defined in the Regulations issued on the 25th of March 2020..
In line with these regulations, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) announced that they will remain operational to support the transportation of essential goods and services as well as those goods and services that support the production or provision of those essential goods and services to the country..
Citing the unforeseen impact of COVID-19 as beyond their control, TPT has advised their customers that they are invoking the provisions of the Force Majeure clauses in TPT’s commercial agreements and Standard Trading Terms and Conditions..
Hospitals made from shipping containers could help tackle COVID-19
Architects have designed intensive care units built inside shipping containers.
These mobile hospitals could help ease pressure on health systems.
The team behind CURA wants to scale rapidly to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.
An Italian design company has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create prefabricated intensive care units (ICUs), to deal with escalating numbers of coronavirus patients around the world.
Coronavirus patients with access to hospital equipment, in particular ICU beds, have a much greater chance of survival. With 377,431 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on 24 March, health systems around the world are groaning under the strain.
COVID-19 the pandemic that came into the limelight in December 2019 has now spread to every country around the world. This has caused major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..
One of the key issues is the impact COVID-19 is having on port calls and particularly, the issue of blank sailings..
Ocean Insights has released some key data on the effects of COVID-19 on global port calls alongwith a free tracker to monitor blank sailings..