The situation is constantly evolving and restrictions are being introduced in more and more countries and some countries are even closing their borders. Today Norwegian government has decided to continue their regulations, at least up to and including April 13th. This means strict rules for movement, hygiene and quarrantine and also schools, nurseys and universities are closed.
Precautions hits SRG severly, but despite this we continue to maintain normal operation.
Flights, boat routes and train routes are cancelled and traffic regulations in Europe are restricted. The situation changes from hour to hour and the measures change. All train lines are operating as normal.
This makes the situation at present both confusing and demanding.
We therefore seek to update information in the future on our website at least once per day.
The Corona pandemic now characterizes the worldview in full and the situation have huge influence for individuals, government agencies and businesses.
The operations of our companies are also affected – but we can assure you as a customer that we do our outmost to maintain operations and to deliver within limitations regulations gives us.
Our transport lines
When it comes to our transport routes in Europe, these are maintained in collaboration with our suppliers as long as is practically possible.
What we do know is that Fjordline is cancelling their sailings between Bergen / Stavanger / Langesund and Hirtshals and between Sandefjord and Strømstad.
An extraordinary daily route is established between Kristiansand and Hirtshals to maintain communication for goods. We will use this to the extent possible.
Please be aware that route changes and rate escalations on ferries gives higher cost. Also exchange rates for USD, EUR, SEK and DKK are extremely high – those factors will result in higher rates than normal.
SRG uses standing containers on all shipments in and out of Holland, Germany Denmark and UK, and we will use all available routes to deliver.
Sea Cargo has so far not announced any changes to its route layout, but it is being considered day by day. Together with SR Group, Sea Cargo is considering extraordinary departures from Holland and Denmark to ensure accessibility.
The Shortsea companies have not reported any particular irregularities caused by the pandemic yet.
Norwegian ports were closed on Monday 16.3 at 0800 for passengers from abroad. Freight traffic will until further notice continue as normal.
Italy closes all factories and introduces stricter border control from Wednesday 25.3. Virtually all road traffic to and from Italy has been stopped.
France and Spain introduce a state of emergency, which will probably delay transport and terminals, but freight traffic is said to be maintained.
UK is also introducing measures, where ports and airports can be closed. Shops with non-essential items are also closed. In UK passengers and air traffic will primarily be reduced. We do not yet have an overview of the consequences the restrictions will have on freight traffic at sea.
As is well known, Denmark has also closed its borders – access for people is severely limited. It has so far been said that this will not affect the transport industry and that goods should be able to be transported in and out of Denmark. So, basically, normal traffic is maintained, but this can change.
Contact our car department for more information on specific needs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global ocean / train transport
Overseas capacity is somewhat reduced due to falling volumes and closed ports / borders.
Reduced capacity means pressure on rates – and as most rates given now are ad hoc based on capacity, higher rates than normal is a likely result.
Train traffic between EURASIA is generally normal. Activity is now picking up on the Chinese side as the effects of the pandemic on Chinese mainland are about to calm down.
Shortsea goes pretty much as normal.
Contact our ocean department for further information regarding specific needs – email@example.com
We can see that with constant cancellations and layoffs in the airlines, the freight will naturally be affected.
65% of capacity between Europe and Asia/America are based on pax-carriers!
Reduced capacity will initate a huge pressure on rates – almost all rates are at the moment ad hoc – which based on experience are higher than normal.
Monday 16.03 at 0800 strict restrictions on traveling in and out of Norway were implemented at all our airports and borders! People arriving from abroad is set in 14 days quarantine. Domestic traffic will go as normal, but airlines experienced a heavy drop in travelers so routes are cancelled.
The consequence of this will be reduced capacity of air cargo on passenger aircraft.
For the time being, cargo is still operating as normal and it is being considered to increase cargo capacity on stretches of need, while many scheduled aircraft carrying cargo are cancelled. Different charter solutions are also available.
Freight volume is also declining so a huge capacity problems are not likely to occur, but it can thus happen.
There may also be restrictions in individual countries regarding landing, for example Saudi Arabia, are closed for all international flights up to and including March 31st.
Contact our air freight department for further information regarding specific needs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the traffic nationally goes as normal. We are experiencing fluctuating volumes, but currently have good capacity both locally and nationally.
Most municipal special rules have now been relieved, but we as a carrier are still required to carry out a risk assessment of all transport assignments in order to assess the risk of possible infection risk and take measures to reduce any infection risk.
Some exemption rules have been introduced – including exemption from driving and rest time rules and exemptions from drivers’ working time regulations. The exceptions are given for what is defined as transport of articles related to life and health. This is defined for the following modes of transport:
- Food distribution and related industries, including fuel distribution
- Commodity Transportation
- Animal feed and transport of live animals
- Transport of medicines and medical equipment
- Distribution of equipment to hospitals and other public institutions
These rules may have consequences for our ability to carry out transport assignments to or from these municipalities, but for the time being we interpret the provisions that transports can proceed as normal if they are assessed for general risk and risk of infection.
As previously reported, we have implemented intervening internal measures in our companies with the aim of reducing the risk of infection and, of course, we follow our customers’ regulations with respect to measures to limit infection.
We are therefore ready to carry out your mission with our own capacity whenever possible. For time-critical shipments nationally, we have material and personnel available to carry out express transport!
For larger transports and projects where a boat can be an alternative, our company Gesi Shipping AS has the opportunity to assist – contact email@example.com
Time-critical shipments – special solutions
If you have special time-critical shipments or special needs, we can assist with various charter or courier solutions both by sea, airplane and car.
For specific inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Customs Service reports that all customs offices, with the exception of Drammen, are still open.
The border with Sweden is also open to normal traffic. The border with Russia is still open on the Norwegian side, but Norwegian citizens are therefore not allowed to enter Russia. On Norwegian side, there are at the moment no particular regulations related to freight forwarding and import/export are running as normal.
Also our Government says; Shipping to Norway is important to ensure that we still have sufficient supplies of necessary goods, such as food, medicines and other products. All transport of goods, imports and exports, which does not involve the carriage of passengers, shall be carried as normal by road, train, ship and aircraft. Airports, ports and border crossings are kept open for such traffic. All customs offices maintain (as far as possible) their capacity in the freight forwarding and the possibility of controlling the flow of goods.
Also note that a provisional customs regulation was adopted on 19 March that applies to business operators using direct driving. The deadline for submitting a completed declaration is extended from 10 to 30 days. Furthermore, recipients of goods can more easily dispose of uncollected goods when this is necessary for security of supply.
On March 23, a new provisional customs regulation was adopted. Carriers with a valid transport permit are given the opportunity to cross the border without stopping at specified customs locations within business hours. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the risk of infection at the customs offices concerned.
On the Norwegian side, no special measures have been introduced related to cross-border crossing. There are also no restrictions on e-commerce.
Nor are there any specific measures that deal with imports of goods from so-called risk countries.
The authorities are introducing increased border controls in particular to prevent foreign nationals from entering.
Currency exchange rates
The recent events have led to turmoil in the financial markets, which has led to a sharp fall in the Norwegian krone. We have seen huge changes in exchange rates. This results that costs in EUR, USD, SEK and DKK are unpredictable. We no longer have an overview of what the services we buy will cost.
We therefore see ourselves having to introduce a currency surcharge on all our freight applicable to all offers that have not been invoiced by us. In practice, this means that all assignments along the way will receive a foreign exchange supplement.
This does not apply to assignments received before 1 February 2020. This will take care of shipments with a long transit time. The currency supplement, of course, only applies to the part of the cost that is derived from foreign currency. The fee may vary depending on exchange rates and the currency in question. Alternatively, we can offer customers who come with new invoicing assignments in foreign currency. We strongly apologize for the challenges this poses to all of you, but can assure that we will do our utmost to bring the goods to the benefit of our customers.
However, we must emphasize that this situation can lead to delays to expected delivery both domestically and abroad.
We are in a Force Majeure situation and this situation can cause delays and similar. In the event of delays or irregularities, any financial claims will lapse.
We refer here to the message from NHO Logistics and Transport;
“The Korona virus means that we are now in a force majeure situation for the transport and logistics industry. Normally, being in a force majeure situation means that you are not liable for ongoing liabilities and financial losses. »
We can ensure that SR Group and our companies focus on getting through this crisis in a good way and also help our customers meet their delivery needs to the greatest possible extent.
Our dedicated staff will work to find good solutions if possible and we will continue to deliver in line with our vision: «Best in quality and service» even during this crisis!