Agility Global Shipping
Updates: COVID-19


United States

Stay at home orders have expired at the end of May for the vast majority of US States. Businesses have almost universally reopened under restrictions, such as allowing fewer customers, requiring workers and customers to wear masks, and enforcing social distancing. Even as governors lift orders, stricter local orders may remain in place.

For US Airfreight at the end of March, more than 90% of international passenger services from and to the US have been suspended. The reduction in capacity has diminished greatly and consequently, airfreight rates have increased multiple times from pre Corona levels. Transit times have also been affected as frequencies and routes where reduced. On the transpacific eastbound specially, a surge in demand for PPE related goods have caused rates to spike to unprecedented levels and caused ground handling congestions at some facilities in the US, especially ORD and LAX. Since beginning and mid-June, passenger carriers have gradually re-instated some frequencies and/or have implemented a number of passenger freighters on selected routes. Pricing has gradually decreased, but is not expected to reach pre corona levels for some time. PPE production from China has been reduced or shifted to ocean, also causing a stabilization of airfreight pricing from Asia closer to pre Corona levels.

Ocean freight operations at terminals and inland depots have continued without any major disruption. Capacity reductions, undertaken by the shipping lines to balance demand against supply, have manifested themselves with increasing rate positions in both the inbound and outbound Transpacific trade lane. Continued instances of blank sailings against increasing demand will be evident for a good portion of the Summer months and into August. The US has experienced additional trade activity as retailers begin to replenish inventories and production in many states are at their initial stages of restart.

Airport, Port, Domestic Trucking & Customs

Cross-border Road Freight

Air Freight Capacity by Tradelane

Ocean Freight Capacity

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.