There’s no doubt that manufacturing and shipping has been dramatically affected by COVID-19. Not only is the timeframe for handling shipments continue to change on a weekly basis, there are certain elements like personal safety that have to be considered when making plans. Here are a few things you need to know about the coronavirus effect on international logistics.
Freight Forwarding During COVID-19 & Local Jurisdiction Requirements
While some cities and ports are starting to open up with less social distancing requirements, others remain closed. It is important to understand that freight forwarding might take a little bit more time than usual during this global pandemic. Staying in consistent contact with your shipping company is often the best way to know where your shipment stands, but it is also vital to pay attention to guidelines in both the area you are shipping from and the one you are sending to. This will give you a good idea on where timeframes should approximately be for your particular situation.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Handling of Cargo
Another big change in shipping thanks to the coronavirus crisis is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the handling of cargo. It is highly recommended that anyone who is packing or unpacking equipment wear gloves and a face mask during the task. Furthermore, it is also a good idea to have disinfectant spray or wipes handy to clear surfaces. While studies are still thin on how long the virus lives on surfaces, it is important to take as many precautions as possible.
Getting Through This Difficult Time Together
While we are all going through a difficult time, it is important to remember that we are all in this together. There isn’t a single aspect of this situation that hasn’t affect our lives in one way or another and shipping has definitely been changed for the moment. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have hope for a new normal in business, and our team at JML is doing everything we can to assist our customers.