Agility Global Shipping
Updates: COVID-19

COUNTRY UPDATES

United Kingdom

The UK government have relaxed some of the initial lockdown policies however social distancing policies remain in force and only businesses classified as “essential” continue to operate. Logistics and freight forwarding are classified as one such industry sector.

For passengers arriving in the UK they will be expected to give their details to the authorities and have a place of accommodation declared where they will then need to self-isolate for 14 days. There is limited impact on the day-to-day customs operations, and road transportation within the UK continues to operate as normal. Shipping lines are introducing a range of service adjustments and blank sailings both on imports to UK and exports from the UK. This is having an impact on equipment availability and on some trade lanes, and is leading to increased freight costs. UK ports remain fully operational although revised opening times have been implemented to facilitate deep cleaning of communal working areas during shift changes. In addition, at times, the ports are seeing reduced staff availability. This has caused some issues in turnaround times. Some inland container terminals have also introduced closures overnight for the same reasons as the ports, again we have seen some issues with container turnaround times. There has been a gradual reduction in commercial flights to and from the UK with less than 10% of passenger services operating. Many non-essential key routes have been cancelled by carriers, and terminal operations are restricted across passenger and cargo. Ongoing capacity restrictions means pricing remains volatile with many routes experiencing rate increases of 150%-200%.

In terms of international road freight, availability of trailer equipment has become less problematic as freight volumes decline across Europe. Groupage and LTL services to and from Europe continue to operate, although several routes are running with fewer departures per week due to reduced freight tonnages, given the enforced closure of many companies. Delays in transit are minimal, as hold-ups at border crossings are offset by lighter traffic on the roads.

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LCL Direct Services
(Europe to USA)

In today’s challenging supply chain environment, Agility is here to provide you with solutions that leverage the most direct LCL ocean services available.

New Express LCL Services
(USA to Europe)

Customers with high-priority LCL shipments now have the option to utilize Agility’s new Express LCL Service from the US to select European base ports.

New Express LCL Services
(Europe to USA)

Customers with high-priority LCL shipments can leverage Agility’s new Express LCL Services from Europe to the US.