Borders: Notification of the closure of borders is not currently affecting the movement of freight – including mail and parcels. Information on the restrictions on the mass movement of people is available from HMG – FCO (as updated).

Deliveries: Deliveries (and collections) of post and small parcels for the most part continue in the ‘normal’ course of operations. Temporary alternate working arrangements for selected local and regional areas are in place including restricting deliveries of items to a maximum of 20kgs. Operational demands and changes in the light of the impact of CoronaVirus are reviewed daily.

Flights: Airlines continue to cancel flights restricting freight (and mail) capacity both on short & long haul routes. Freight (and mail) is being airlifted as space is available or is moving on alternate carriage such as via road across Europe. China in particular remains a challenge with airfreight capacity in very short supply.

Flights Update Tuesday 17th March: Temporary suspension of mail services to the USA and a number of multi-transit destinations including the Pacific Zone have been implemented with imemdiate effect. Freighters are operating on a normal schedule however medical, pharma, foodstuffs and urgent industrial goods have been prioritised. We are anticipating revised schedules for mail, packets and small parcels no later than Friday 20th. We expect backlogs to be progressively cleared from the week-end.

Staffing: Logistics companies are stating they are managing with full or reduced staffing with periodic interruptions of no more than 24/36 hours. Depots in a number of countries have been temporarily closed for deep cleaning. Temporary arrangements are made for the alternate movement of goods in these situations.

HSE: There are no specific health and safety issues raised in relation to handling mail, packets and small parcels. However IMX and all suppliers are taking precautionary measures as required and advised from time to time by the many authorities involved in seeking to stem the CoronaVirus and its impact.

the IMX Group