The Eid Al Fitr holiday is expected from 24 to 26 May, and during this period we expect some disruptions to shipments into the country due to the closure of major ports, airports and customs authorities. Restrictions on domestic road freight continue within the 8:00pm – 6:00am curfew, and a spike in demand for local distribution has caused significant capacity constraints. Ports are operating as normal but facing ongoing congestion and delays. Ocean freight capacity continues to be constrained, compounded by blank sailings and equipment shortages (especially on reefer movements), which are expected to persist over the coming months.
Ongoing restrictions to commercial flights continue to impact airfreight capacity, in spite of additional passenger flights converted as freighter being utilized to try to make up for the shortfall. Emirates Sky Cargo has relocated their warehousing operations and freighter hub from Dubai World Central to Dubai International Airport (DXB). However, they will continue to accept and deliver shipments with their ground-handling partner DNATA at DWC. DNATA DXB have implemented shorter working hours for acceptance of general cargo Export & Import from 0600hrs to 1800hrs effective 19th Apr.
Dubai Customs has reduced their work force causing addition congestion.