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.

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

News from 22/09/2020

  • The Regional Government of the Community of Madrid allows the transport of goods in all areas of the Community including within the affected areas.

News from 26/08/2020

  • Fenadismer reminds all the Autonomous Communities of Spain that in case of executing of any declaration of a state of alarm, road transport must be exempted as it is essential.

News from 07/08/2020

  • The list of Autonomous Communities that requires travelers and carriers to register in health terms is as follows: Galicia, Madrid, Aragon, Catalonia, Navarra, the Basque Country and other European countries.

News from 03/08/2020

  • Belgium has decided to establish entry controls into the country, both for people and goods. This obligation, which has been in force since August 1th, requires foreign carriers entering Belgium to fill out an official form.

News from 29/07/2020

  • The announced stowage strike in the port of Bilbao changes its dates. It is now called for the same duration, from August 8 to 28, in alternate working hours.

News from 28/07/2020

  • The unions of the stowage of the Port of Bilbao present a notice of strike that would take place for a period of 20 days from 3th of August until 23th of August.

News from 27/07/2020

  • After negotiations with the Ministry of Transport, the planned strike for July 27 and 28 has been unlocked.

News from 24/07/2020

  • France is considering the possible closure of its border with Spain in light of the outbreaks of covid-19 that have been appearing in recent weeks.

News from 08/07/2020

  • The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luís Ábalos, today announced in the Council of Ministers the approval of new economic measures that seek to benefit the freight transport sector.

News from 21/06/2020

  • Spain closes the Alarm State. Click here to consult more information about the plan developed by Spanish Government about the "New Normality"

News from 18/06/2020

  • BOE publishes Order PCM / 531/2020 of June 16, which establishes the Spanish ports and airports designated as "Entry Points with capacity to attend Public Health Emergencies of International Importance", and which adds to the ports Algeciras and Tarifa as entry points.

News from 15/06/2020

  • Spain will open its borders with the end of the state of alarm on June 21th. 
  • Our neighbors in France lift the closure of their land, air and sea borders, implemented to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it will maintain restrictions with Spain and the United Kingdom.
  • The border between Spain and Portugal will officially open on July 1.

News from 10/06/2020

  • The Government of Spain has decided to increase to 15 the number of airports available as entry points to Spain adapted for de-escalation, after including 'Seve Ballesteros-Santander' and Bilbao, according to the ministerial order that was published in the BOE.
  • The Government of the Canary Islands will take the temperature of passengers in ports and airports, both on routes between islands and from outside the archipelago; in addition to controlling the reasons for the journey of people who move by air or sea from outside the Canary Islands.

News from 05/06/2020

  • Today it has been published in a list of spanish areas that go to phase 2 or phase 3. In this sense, Madrid, Barcelona and Castilla y León go to phase 2 of the de-escalation and the rest of Spain changes to phase 3.
  • The DGT cuts the validity of driving licenses.

News from 29/05/2020

  • Last Tuesday, May 27, some specific and temporary measures relating to the renewal or extension of certain certificates, permits, licenses and authorizations were published in the EU 2020/698 Regulation. They are measures that will have immediate and harmonized validity in all Member States, regardless of the national measures that are imposed.

News from 28/05/2020

  • All the Member States of the European Union finished the flexibility of driving and rest times, which they have been establishing at the national level during these months.

News from 26/05/2020

  • The Council of the European Union approved this week the two pending measures of the transport aid package presented by the European Commission on April 29th. In addition to the extension of certifications and the relaxation of port charges, adopted last week, aid is added to airlines and airports.

News from 22/05/2020

  • Since yesterday, May 21th, the use of masks in mandatory spaces is mandatory. Included in public transport. A measure whose objective is to continue reducing the risk of contagion and that must be met when it is not possible to keep the two meters of distance.

News from 21/05/2020

  • The Council of the European Union has approved this Wednesday a series of measures that will allow to extend the certificates and licenses that are required of operators and, in addition, the payment of port fees will be made more flexible. The entry into force is scheduled for next week.

News from 20/05/2020

  • Our neighbors in France and Italian are beginning to impose measures to facilitate international transport in this new phase that is opening during health crisis. On the one hand, since May 18th, Italy no longer requires transport certificates from transporters or the declaration of the Prevention department. And on the other hand, France has reissued a decree partially lifting restrictions on the movement of trucks from May 20 to June 1.

News from 18/05/2020

  • Spain limits its entry points to passenger ships and flights. There are a total of 8 ports and 12 Spanish airports. These places were established as entry points with the capacity to attend public health emergencies of international importance and are the following: Barcelona-El Prat, Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, Alicante-Elche, Seville, Valencia, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Gran Canaria, Tenerife South, Lanzarote-César Manrique, Palma de Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza as airports; Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Valencia, Vigo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife as ports.

News from 12/05/2020

  • The European Union, through the Council and the Commission, has been working for several weeks on a set of urgent measures to help companies in the transport sector.

News from 06/05/2020

  • The port of Barcelona recognizes the great work executed by the stowage sector since the beginning of the situation.
  • Click here to see the document which criteria followed when carrying out roadside checks while the alarm state lasts and the regulations related to road transport derived from COVID-19 continue to be in force.

News from 04/05/2020

  • The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agency has published a page that visually explains and with a map, the phases within the "Plan of de-escalation" or otherwise mentioned "Plan of Transition to the New Normality". You can find out by clicking here.
  • The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agency announces a catalog of measures to guarantee the safety of transport users

News from 30/04/2020

  • The European Commission, after two months of pandemic, begins a minimum agreement for the transport sector. The purpose is to have unified standards in matters such as traffic regulations, tachograph, ITV permits, etc.
  • The Government of Spain proposed last Tuesday, April 28th, a so-called "Plan for the Transition towards a new Normality", after its approval by the Council of Ministers, this plan will determine aspects related to the logistics sector.

News from 29/04/2020

  • The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, has participated in a videoconference, with the rest of the transport ministers of the European Union where he has promoted the creation of a high-level working group for the European Union to establish sanitary guidelines for all modes of transport.
  • The European Commission, after two months of pandemic, begins a minimum agreement for the transport sector. The purpose is to have unified standards in matters such as traffic regulations, tachograph, ITV permits, etc.
  • The Government of Spain proposed on Tuesday, April 28, a so-called "Plan for the Transition towards a new Normality", after its approval by the Council of Ministers, will determine aspects related to the logistics sector.

News from 27/04/2020

  • A new report released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicates that 80 countries and customs territories have introduced export bans or restrictions as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
  • Our neighbors in Italy, starting today, will begin the opening of the factories. During the month of May, the rest of the places will open. On the other hand, France will apply it from May 11. Portugal will do it on May 3.

News from 24/04/2020

  • The stevedores of the Port of Barcelona have agreed in an "exceptional" way, to provide their services on Labor Day with the intention of continuing to offer citizens their basic needs.

News from 23/04/2020

  • The interactive map developed by the Government in collaboration with Cetraa (Spanish Confederation of Automotive and Related Repair Shops) and Conepa (Spanish Federation of Professional Automotive Entrepreneurs) is already active on the website of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. Click here.

News from 22/04/2020

  • The Government extends teleworking in companies for two more months to allow the continuity of economic activity.

News from 19/04/2020

  • The Spanish Government extends the State of Alarm and it will last until the next May 9th. And it is possible to establish a progressive lack of confidence.
  • Tomorrow, Monday, April 20th, a second distribution of masks begins for ground transportation service companies.

News from 17/04/2020

  • Puertos del Estado fixes the activities to be carried out with a mask and gloves.

News from 16/04/2020

  • Transport temporarily exempts compliance with driving and rest time regulations. This BOE was published last April 14. Click here.

News from 14/04/2020

  • United States continues to maintain the closure of borders with Europe. 
  • The Ministries of Transport of Spain and Morocco have signed an action protocol that aims to "facilitate and promote the proper conduct of road transport between both countries" during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Puertos del Estado began yesterday, April 13, the process to complete the distribution of masks corresponding to the maritime sector, thus fulfilling the mandate of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
  • Regarding the situation of our european neighbors, Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Norway, they are the only countries that have already officially published dates for the giving up of the confinement in the coming days. In fact, in Austria some businesses may already open as from today.

News from 13/04/2020

  • Today, Monday, 13th of April, non-essential activity returns to the scene, paralyzed by the decree through the recoverable paid leave. Regarding the transport and logistics sector, it has been fully operational at all times which it has been considered as essential activity.

News from 12/04/2020

  • The 51 countries signatories to the International Agreement on the Transport of Dangerous Goods ADR agree to harmonize the extension of permits and authorizations for drivers and vehicles due to the coronavirus crisis. This has been published in the BOE on April 10. Click here.
  • Our neighboring country, Morocco, establishes exceptional measures to regulate the development of transport activity.

News from 10/04/2020

  • The lifting of restrictions on trucks continues despite the confusing information on the DGT website.

News from 08/04/2020

  • Any driver who has expired the tachograph card since March 6 and who has not been given the renewed card may continue to carry out printing the activities.

News from 06/04/2020

  • 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 04/04/2020

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

News from 03/04/2020

  • 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 02/04/2020

  • 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 01/04/2020

  • 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 31/03/2020

  • 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 30/03/2020

  • 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 28/03/2020

  • 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 27/03/2020

  • 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 26/03/2020

  • 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 25/03/2020

  • 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 24/03/2020

  • 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 23/03/2020

  • 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 20/03/2020

  • 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 19/03/2020

  • 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 18/03/2020

  • 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 17/03/2020

  • 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 16/03/2020

  • 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 15/03/2020

  • 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 14/03/2020

  • 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 13/03/2020

  • 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 12/03/2020

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



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