News regarding the coronavirus Covid-19 in the international freight transport sector

Dear customers, collaborators and agents,

Lamaignere would like to inform you about the situation that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be creating worldwide for the international freight transport sector.

To do so we have enabled, through this thread, a news feed (from the most recent to the oldest) covering news that may affect international freight transport. And thereby to provide all our stakeholders with updated and real-time information on the situation.

At this link you can look up your usual office’s contact details.

Or if you prefer, you can consult this interactive map (clic here) with information about all seaports and airport around the world. 

News from 06/04/2019

  • The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has confirmed the criteria to assign the share that belongs to the transport companies of the first batch of eight million masks purchased through Puertos del Estado.
  • It is clarified that the new extension of the Alarm State will not be final and in the future, it will be more extensions depending on the evolution of the situation.

News from 04/04/2019

  • The Government declares the State of Alarm until April 26. In other words, the period will be extended in two weeks later.

News from 03/04/2019

  • One of the countries where we have our own office, Mexico, does not see activity in its ports slowed down.
  • The European Commission requires EU member countries to give guarantees to the free movement of transporters and other workers across borders.
  • Catalonia has suspended the restrictions on the movement of trucks that were still in force for vehicles intended for transport.

News from 02/04/2019

  • The activity in the container terminals of APM Terminals and TTIA of the Port of Algeciras was paralyzed in the afternoon. After this, the activity was normal.
  • The Ministry circulates an instruction to avoid stops to carriers.

News from 01/04/2019

  • The port community of Barcelona guarantees the supply of products to the industry and essential companies.
  • Astic has prepared a coronavirus prevention guide adapted to the transport sector with recommendations from the European Commission. Click here for more info.
  • The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism reaffirms that there is no restriction on the transport of goods.

News from 31/03/2019

  • Puertos del Estado launches a campaign to highlight the operation of the ports so that it communicates in the different specialized websites within the sector.
  • At a press conference, it is clarified and reaffirmed that "transport is clearly included within the activities considered essential."

News from 30/03/2019

  • From this Sunday. 29th of March, all professional drivers must have a mandatory rest at least 24 hours a week. The new order modifies the order which was defined on March 16th.
  • Publication during the night of Sunday 29th of the BOE that includes the entire list of essential services. Clic here for more info.

News from 28/03/2019

  • The Government communicates a series of measures to ensure total confinement from March 30th to April 9th. A series of activities are defined as essential, including "Activities and services that allow logistics activity." All the details of these measures that will be approved by the Extraordinary Council of Ministers will be published on March 29.

News from 27/03/2019

  • DGT Resolution of 03-26-2019 temporarily exempting compliance with the rules on driving and rest times in the transport of goods. Click here for more details. 
  • Certain service areas are declared essential services in order to provide catering services to professional freight carriers.
  • The European Commission, through a guide, allows the use of passenger planes for the movement of cargo. These measures are temporal and during the presence of the coronavirus.

News from 26/03/2019

  • The European Commission provides practical advice to implement its Guidelines on border management measures, with the clear objective that transport is perfectly controlled in the European Union.

News from 25/03/2019

  • Traffic continues during all these days in the Port of Seville without any incidence and consequently, with the perfect maintenance of the supply chain.
  • Freight logistics continues in ports and the supply chain in Spain. Specifically in cargo ships, state ships and humanitarian work ships.
  • All port authorities may allow long-stay berths to cruises without a passenger.

News from 24/03/2019

  • Puertos del Estado develops a guide of actions in the current situation of Covid-19.
  • In Italy suggests not executing controls on transport.
  • The Port of Bilbao maintains a great level of its services.
  • The Port of Malaga continues developing its logistics operations.

News from 23/03/2019

  • The Government of Spain confirms that the state of alarm will be extended for 15 more days until April 12. International travel restrictions do not apply to the transportation of goods.
  • Customs adapts its operational processes in order to streamline import procedures in the industrial sector.
  • Groupage services are working at full capacity.

News from 20/03/2019

  • The Government protects the transport of goods to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The limitation on passenger transport executed by the ministerial order will not be affected with flights and cargo ships.
  • The stowage takes extreme prevention measures and keeps the operation at full capacity.
  • The DGT has agreed this Thursday a measure to facilitate the movement of special transport of large dimensions and mega trucks.

News from 19/03/2019

  • Puertos del Estados prepares a decree law to execute the unilateral measures of the ports.
  • The Port of Bilbao maintains its logistical activity and operations.
  • The Balearic Government has agreed on the sanitary measures to be applied in ports and airports around the zone.

Nes from 18/03/2019

  • Freighters are presented as solid alternatives to replace commercial flights.
  • The Port Authority of Castellón activates measures to minimize the risk of contagion.

News from 17/03/2019

  • ANESCO values the "exemplary" work of the port workers within the Covid-19 situation.
  • Spain closes land borders without impacting in the transport of goods. The European Commission requires governments to preserve the free movement of goods.
  • The Port of Las Palmas is taking measures to minimize the impact of the situation.
  • The 28 port authorities and 46 ports coordinated by Puertos del Estado are normally maintaining their freight logistics operations.
  • ValenciaPort ensures all essencial logistic services.

News from 16/03/2019

  • The Port of Barcelona just published a press release today March 16th, guarantees compliance with essential services to maintain the supply of goods.
  • The Port of Cádiz will maintain its activity during the situation.
  • ACBE alleges collaboration between all the companies located in Bilbao to guarantee the maintenance of the logistics chain.

News from 15/03/2019

  • A legal order is published on March 15, which establishes a series of measures to facilitate the mobility of professional carriers in Spain. More info clic here.

News from 14/03/2019

  • Publication of the Royal Decree declaring the State of Alarm in Spain. This decree guarantees customs transit at locations of entry or border inspection points in ports or airports.
  • The temporary exception of compliance with the rules on driving and relax times in the transport of goods is published in the BOE. This applies from March 10th with a maximum period of 30 days and it will affect in the freight transport service which is developed in affected areas or with origin or destination in affected areas. More info clic here.
  • All Spanish ports guarantee the continuity of freight operations to ensure the supply chain.

News from 13/03/2019

  • Spain prohibits the entry of passenger ships from Italy and cruise ships of any origin. This measure will take effect from today March 13th till March 26th. During 14 days Spain executes this limitation. Nevertheless, it can be extended for future new periods.
  • Morocco suspends sea and air connections with Spain. Because of this decision, the port of Algeciras has added that the passenger line connecting the enclave with Tanger Med has been suspended, though lorry-with-driver traffic continues, as it does on the sea routes between Spain and Italy.
  • Spain prohibits the entry of passenger ships originating in Italy and all cruises. The restriction will not apply to exclusively cargo vessels or to drivers of tractor heads of rolled goods.
  • The port of Algeciras takes extreme measures to guarantee the health and safety of the stevedores.

News from 12/03/2019

  • As of Friday, 13 March, commercial flights with a connection between Europe and the United States will cease to operate.



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