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COVID-19 Updates

Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 impacts and solutions from GEODIS Americas


 

A message from Randy Tucker, President & CEO | GEODIS Americas

At GEODIS, we take pride in delivering trusted logistics solutions to help your businesses grow. Now more than ever, our work together is also vital to society. By continuing to serve you safely and responsibly, we help ensure the supply chain can move forward and essential products can be delivered to the people and places that need them most.

The global spread of COVID-19 is creating challenges that require all of us to think critically and act decisively to protect the health and well-being of our teammates, communities, and industries. We want to keep you informed of what we’re learning and how we’re adapting.

Your customers are our customers, and we view ourselves as an ally to your business and an extension of your brand. We are committed to being your partner in every way we can, especially during this difficult time. 

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy,

Randy Tucker - President and CEO | GEODIS Americas

 


 

How can GEODIS support your business?

With COVID-19 disrupting the business world in unprecedented ways, brands are having to adapt to new challenges daily. You need to have an agile supply chain to accommodate this new reality.

As a global supply chain provider, we want to let you know how we can support your business during these challenging times. 

Whether it's round-trip cargo flights between the US and Europe, open inventory space in our warehouses, finding capacity for your transportation needs, or using an alternative method to reach your Amazon customers, GEODIS is here to help. 

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Frequently Asked Questions - Updated April 27, 2020

Explore the latest impacts of COVID-19 on the supply chain industry and the actions we’re taking in response.

Is GEODIS still operating in the Americas during the COVID-19 pandemic?

GEODIS is considered an essential business by state and federal governments, and this designation allows us to remain in operation. We are part of a system that enables important products to be delivered such as food and medical and cleaning supplies. The global supply chain is complex and reliant on countless, seemingly unrelated actions. If part of the system shuts down—for example, the movement of non-essential items—it can affect all other components.

We are closely monitoring and adapting accordingly to the recommendations of health officials and orders of local, state and federal governments. We have issued letters to our employees stating that they work for a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the US Department of Homeland Security. We will keep you informed of new restrictions and any potential impact they may have on our ability to serve you.

You can keep track of the latest regional updates here.

What is GEODIS doing to keep teammates and facilities safe?

The well-being of our teammates is our number one priority. To keep everyone safe within our facilities, we’ve implemented a Stand for Wellness, a commitment by GEODIS to ask our teammates to:

  • Know the COVID-19 three critical symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • Self check their temperature at home if they can. A fever of 100.4 is a fever.
  • Stay home if they have the COVID-19 symptoms
  • Call our telemedicine service for assistance if sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain social distancing

How does GEODIS respond to a positive case of COVID-19 in operations or offices?

We have developed a Pandemic Readiness & Response Plan following CDC and World Health Organization guidelines that outline rapid actions to take should a member of the GEODIS family become infected. This plan includes:

  • Ensuring the impacted teammate(s) does not return to work in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Interviewing the impacted teammate(s)
  • Tracing the contact path of the impacted individual to identify who else may have come in contact with the impact teammate(s) and instructing those teammates concerning next steps in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning conducted both by internal teams and outside sanitation firms.  We’ve instituted heightened cleaning protocols to include cleaning high traffic and touchpoint areas multiple times per day such as shared workstations, breakrooms, restrooms, security points, and equipment and using outside sanitation firms when a positive COVID case has been confirmed for a teammate working at a facility
  • Communicating to our teammates and to our customers as appropriate throughout the process

Are end-customer shipments still delivering during the pandemic? Are there delays in delivery?

End-customer shipments and deliveries are currently running as normal.  Since the start of the pandemic parcel volumes have increased significantly, but service levels generally remain high.

 

Are there attendance issues impacting operations?

We continue to run our operations across the Americas network. While we have not experienced significant challenges in most markets, some operations have seen occasional attendance issues.  We will communicate any impacts to staffing and to our operations to you.

Even with the precautions GEODIS is taking, can COVID-19 be passed to end-customers via deliveries?

Customer shipments are generally processed in non-GEODIS facilities by a carrier partner prior to arriving at their final destinations. We will continue to ship packages consistent with our agreed-upon procedures. It is important to note that the CDC has stated the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from package handling and shipping containers is low.

Has domestic transportation availability in the Americas been impacted by COVID-19?

While less-than-load capacity and availability remain reasonably high, we are seeing some tightness in the truckload market, especially on the west coast of the United States.

How can GEODIS help me with incoming and outgoing supply issues?

Whether it's roundtrip cargo flights between the US and Europe, open inventory space in our warehouses, finding capacity for your transportation needs, or using an alternative method to reach your Amazon customers, GEODIS is here to help during these challenging times.

Click here to learn more about our business solutions.

What if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions, please reach out to your GEODIS point of contact or fill out the Contact Us form.

I'm with the media. Who should I reach out to?

For media requests, please email us at media.americas@geodis.com.


 

Regional Updates - Updated May 15, 2020

We are closely monitoring the orders of regional, state, and local governments and any potential impact they may have on our ability to serve you.

United States

Updated May 15, 2020 - 10:11pm CDT

GEODIS United States update:

 

State Mandates
Alabama

 

Beginning April 30th, the state’s stay-at-home order will expire, replaced by a “Safer at Home” order that runs through May 15th. Under the new order, businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines, though certain higher-risk businesses and activities will remain closed. All retail stores can reopen subject to a 50 percent occupancy rate limit in addition to social-distancing and sanitation rules. Beaches will reopen but with a ban on any gatherings of 10 people or more and required separation of six feet.

On April 3, Governor Kay Ivey issued a stay at home order for state residents, active 5 pm on April 4. Supply chain operations may continue within the state, as they are considered an essential activity.

Alaska

 

On May 11, phase two of the state's reopening plan took effect. Retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses may now open at 50% capacity. Personal care services can operate at 50% capacity or up to 20 patrons and there is now a 50 person capacity for social and religious gatherings.

On April 24, officials lifted the state's stay-home requirement and loosened restrictions on religious and social gatherings held in Alaska as part of the first phase of the economic recovery plan. Under the new guidelines, indoor gatherings can include up to 20 people, or 25% of the building's maximum occupancy, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings have a 20-person limit.

On April 10, Governor Mike Dunleavy extended the statewide stay-at-home order until April 21. The order also closed non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 28, Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a statewide stay-at-home order that will be re-evaluated on April 11. The order also closed non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 22, Governor Mike Dunleavy announced an order for citizens to maintain a six-foot "social distance" in public. Businesses that can't abide by that guideline were required to close by 5 pm on March 24. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz also issued a "stay at home" order for residents on March 22, which will be active until March 31.

Arizona

 

On May 14, Governor Ducey announced he would not extend the state's stay-at-home order past May 15. Gyms and public pools may reopen and major league sports may be hosted beginning May 15, but without fans and following CDC guidelines.

On April 30th, Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended to May 15th, with modifications. A new “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy will allow retailers not classified as an essential business to operate beginning May 4th through delivery service and other means that do not entail in-store sales. On May 8th, non-essential retailers can sell items to customers in-store.

On March 30, Governor Douglas Ducey issued a "stay at home" order for all activity that is not essential, effective 5 pm on March 31 until April 30. Essential Infrastructure Services are construed broadly to avoid any impacts on crucial infrastructure, broadly defined, and include the operation of distribution centers. Supply chain operations may continue within the state.

Arkansas

 

On April 28, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the first phase of reopening, to begin May 1. On that date, camping at state parks will be available for in-state residents with self-contained recreational vehicles. On May 15, restaurants and foodservice facilities, museums and exhibits, retail, marinas and retail equipment will be open to a limited capacity with social distancing enforced.

On March 26, Governor Ada Hutchinson ordered a limit on social gatherings of more than ten people, not to apply to businesses or manufacturers, effective 12:01 am on March 27 until further notice. The state has ordered salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors to close and banned dine-in services at restaurants, and bars and officials have recommended that residents stay at home—supply chain operations A as essential businesses.

California

 

On May 4, Governor Newsom announced the next stage of reopening the state will begin May 8. Select business types will be allowed to resume operations via curbside pickup and associated manufacturers that support those retail supply chains will also be allowed to resume production.

On April 10, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered Los Angeles residents to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when in grocery stores and other essential businesses. All essential, nonmedical workers required to wear these face coverings must frequently (at least once a day) wash any reusable face coverings, for the health and safety of themselves and others. Other California counties are requiring residents to wear face masks outside the home, including Riverside Country and Sonoma County.

On April 11, Los Angeles County extended its stay-at-home order through at least May 15. This order joins Governor Newsom's statewide order that is in effect until further notice. Essential services, banks, local government offices that provide services, and law enforcement agencies are still allowed to remain open. Transportation and Logistics operations will also remain open.

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide shelter-in-place order. All non-essential services such as dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms, and convention centers have been shut down. Essential services, banks, local government offices that provide services, and law enforcement agencies have remained open. Transportation and Logistics operations will also remain open.

Colorado

 

Governor Jared Polis stated that retail businesses can reopen with curbside pickup on April 27. Retail shops will then be allowed to reopen their doors to customers with strict precautions. On May 4, commercial businesses can open with up to 50 percent of employees working in-person. Critical and non-critical businesses and retailers with over 50 employees in one location should implement symptom screening like temperature checks. Gatherings of 10 people or more are still not allowed.

On April 21, Governor Jared Polis announced the statewide stay-at-home order will expire on April 27 and will allow a gradual reopening of non-essential businesses and permit non-elective surgical procedures and other activities as long as strict social distancing and other protective measures continue.

On April 7, Governor Jared Polis extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 26. Under the executive order, residents must remain at home and only leave their homes to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety. A resident may also leave their homes for critical work. Supply Chain operations are deemed critical work and may remain open.

On March 25, Governor Jared Polis declared a stay-at-home order effective 6 am on March 26 until April 11. Residents of Colorado must stay at home unless they need to leave for necessary business. While critical businesses are exempt from the order, they must comply with social distancing requirements. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Connecticut

 

 

On May 1, Governor Lamont announced some non-essential businesses across the state may begin reopening on May 20.

On April 15, Mayor Justin Elikcer signed an emergency order requiring the use of face coverings in public for the city of New Haven. The order will go into effect citywide on the morning of April 17.

On March 20, Governor Ned Lamont issued a "Stay safe, stay at home" order effective 8 pm on March 23. Under the order, all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities were told to close. The order excludes any essential business; logistics and transportation and similar critical services are deemed essential.

Delaware

 

On April 25, Governor John Carney issued the 13th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, requiring state residents to wear face coverings in public settings.

On April 2, Governor John Carney declared the statewide stay-at-home order would remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. Supply chain businesses are considered critical infrastructure and will remain in operation during this time.

Florida

 

On April 29th, Governor DeSantis announced certain businesses across the state can reopen on May 4th. Restaurants and retail spaces can let customers inside, but only at 25% capacity, and people must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties all have issued orders asking residents and visitors to cover their faces when they're shopping in supermarkets or other businesses. People working in those businesses also are required to wear masks, although Broward's order specifically exempts anyone who has trouble breathing and children younger than 2. Osceola County officials are also now requiring their residents to wear masks in public.

On April 1, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 12:01 am April 3, for 30 days. Residents will still be allowed to go out to obtain or provide essential services. Supply chain businesses are considered critical infrastructure and will remain in operation during this time.

On March 30, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order urging residents in four counties—Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe—to stay inside. The order restricts public access to businesses and facilities deemed non-essential. Supply chain operations will remain open during this time.

Georgia

 

On May 13, Governor Kemp ordered live performance venues, bars and night clubs to stay closed through May 31. He is strongly urging Georgians to continue to wear face masks. Starting May 14, summer day camps will be able to operate if they meet 32 safety guidelines. Restaurants will also be allowed to hold 10 patrons per 300 square feet.

On April 20, Governor Brian Kemp announced that that fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses could reopen as early as April 24. Theaters and restaurants will be allowed to open on April 27, while bars and night clubs will remain closed for now.

On April 8, Governor Brian Kemp extended his order for Georgia residents to shelter at home through April 30. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

On April 1, Governor Brian Kemp announced a statewide shelter-in-place order effective April 3 until April 13. Details of the order are expected to be finalized on April 2. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

On March 29, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Georgia would be enforcing social distancing directives at parks, lakes, and other outdoor areas. It followed an earlier, statewide mandatory shelter in place order for medically fragile individuals that also closed bars and nightclubs and banned gatherings of more than ten people unless there is at least 6 feet between each person at all times. On March 27, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reissued a stay in place order, excluding essential business. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Hawaii

 

On April 26, Governor David Ige extended the state's stay-at-home order along with the mandatory quarantine for travelers through May 31. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and may remain open during this time.

On April 20, Governor David Ige ordered customers and employees at essential businesses to wear cloth face coverings. These measures are in addition to orders requiring six feet of distance and limiting the number of customers allowed in an establishment.

On March 23, Governor David Ige issued an order requiring all citizens to stay at home effective March 25 until April 30. Under this order, individuals may leave their place of residence only for essential activities, to engage in essential businesses and operations, and only if their work cannot be conducted through remote technology from home. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Idaho

 

Stage 2 of reopening will begin May 16. Dine-in restaurants, hair and nail salons, and indoor gyms may reopen while meeting safety standards. Bars have been moved to Stage 3 from Stage 4 and could reopen as early as May 30.

On April 24, Governor Brad Little announced a plan to reopen. Under Stage One of the plan, which is set to go into effect on May 1, both retail stores and places of worship would be allowed to reopen, provided they can maintain appropriate social distancing. Bars, dine-in restaurants, and gyms would remain closed, and large gatherings would still be discouraged.

On April 16, Governor Brad Little extended stay-at-home orders within the state through April 30. Facilities and services that had been considered non-essential will be permitted to conduct curbside and delivery services. However, the state's convention centers, bars, gyms, night clubs, and hair salons will remain closed. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 25, Governor Brad Little issued a stay-at-home order valid immediately for 21 days. Idaho residents can still leave home to obtain essential services, but the order closes all non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Illinois

 

On April 23, Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the state's stay at home order through May 30. The order now includes a new requirement that residents cover their faces in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. The mandate begins May 1 and applies to anyone over the age of 2.

On April 2, Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the statewide stay-at-home order, initially in effect March 25, until April 7, to April 30. The order also closed non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

Indiana

 

On May 1st, Governor Holcomb announced that phase two of his plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th for most counties. Under phase two, limited types of retail and commercial businesses can operate at 50% capacity and mall common areas can have 25% capacity. Masks are recommended in public and when around other people. Phase two will begin later for the following counties: Marion (May 11th), Lake (May 11th) and Cass (May 18th). Churches may reopen statewide on May 8th following social distancing guidelines.

On April 20, Governor Holcomb extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 1. Holcomb has received input from the business sector on plans to reopen some businesses safely in the next few weeks. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

On April 4, Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb extended Indiana's stay-at-home order through April 20. He also extended the state's public health emergency by 30 days, through May 3. Essential businesses are still allowed to operate. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

On March 23, Governor Eric J. Holcomb ordered residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety, effective March 24 until April 6. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

Iowa

 

On April 27, Governor Kim Reynolds announced plans to gradually reopen the state.  Effective May 1 in 77 counties, restaurants, fitness centers, libraries, and retail stores may reopen at 50 percent of normal operating capacity. Enclosed malls may also reopen at 50 percent capacity, but play areas and common seating areas, including food court dining areas, must remain closed. Restaurants in food courts may reopen on a carry-out basis.

On March 26, Governor Kim Reynolds extended the closure of all non-essential businesses until April 7. Iowa has not yet issued a stay-at-home policy. Transportation and logistics are designated as essential businesses.

Kansas

 

On May 15, Governor Kelly ordered bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and announced some coronavirus-inspired restrictions will remain in place until near the end of June. A limit on public gatherings of 10 or fewer people will remain in place. Barbershops and hair and nail salons may reopen as planned but by appointments only.

On April 30th, Governor Kelly announced that phase one of her plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th. Under phase one, limited types of businesses will be allowed to reopen if social distancing and cleaning can be followed, and mass gatherings of more than 10 will be prohibited.

On April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended the statewide stay-at-home order until at least May 1. Under this order, people should not leave their homes except for essential business or activities. Maintaining supply chains for essential functions and critical infrastructure is designated an essential service and will remain in operation.

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly instituted a temporary, statewide stay-home order; effective 12:01 am on March 30 until at least April 19. The order exempts residents from taking part in essential activities as designated by the state. Maintaining supply chains for essential functions and critical infrastructure is designated an essential service that must remain in operation.

Kentucky

 

On April 30th, Governor Andy Beshear announced that car dealerships, construction, and pet grooming businesses may reopen on May 11th. Horse racing will also return to Churchill Downs, but without fans. On May 20th, retail shops and churches may reopen with social distancing guidelines in place. On May 25th, salons and barbershops may reopen, and social gatherings of up to ten people can take place.

On March 30, Governor Beshear issued an order instructing state residents to stop traveling to other states, except for essential reasons. On March 23, Governor Andy Beshear closed all non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Lousiana

 

On May 11, Governor Edwards announced he would allow select businesses including gyms, barber shops, hair salons, casinos, and bars with food permits to reopen with 25% capacity on May 15.

On April 29th, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15th.

On April 2, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the stay-at-home order, initially in effect from March 23 until April 12, to April 30. The order also closed places of public amusement, personal care and grooming businesses, and malls. The state identifies workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure as essential workers.

Maine

 

Governor Mills announced retail stores and restaurants will be permitted to open to in-store and some dine-in service with enhanced safety precautions in designated counties where community transmission is not present.

On April 29, Governor Mills extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 31 but allowed state residents to return to a limited number of businesses and activities deemed safe. The restricted use of golf courses and stay-in-your-vehicle religious services is now allowed.

On April 14, Governor Janet Mills signed a proclamation extending Maine's stay at home order through May 15. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On April 1, Governor Janet Mills issued an order requiring people to stay at home, unless for an essential job or service, effective April 2 until at least April 30. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 24, Governor Janet Mills announced an emergency stay at home order for all non-essential personal and business services effective at 5 pm on March 25. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open. The Governor has also prohibited all gatherings of more than ten people until further notice, mandating the latest U.S. CDC's guidance on gatherings.

Maryland

 

The state's stay at home order expired on May 15. Under phase 1, depending on your location, certain businesses may reopen at 50% capacity and most by appointment only.

On April 15, Governor Larry Hogan issued a statewide executive order that will go into effect on April 18 for all residents to start wearing face masks when inside retail establishments or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland.

On March 30, Governor Larry Hogan announced a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 8 pm on March 30. The order restricts residents from leaving their homes except to visit grocery stores and pharmacies, to seek medical attention or to exercise. Essential businesses will remain open but must limit contact between customers and staff. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses.

Massachusetts

 

 

On April 29, Governor Baker extended the state’s stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure to May 18 .

On April 16, The City of Northampton's Public Health Director, Merridith O'Leary, issued orders establishing that all consumers and employees must wear face coverings at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services.

On April 1, Governor Charlie Baker extended a statewide stay-at-home order, initially in effect from March 24 until April 7, to May 4. The order also closed non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 23, Governor Charlie Baker issued a statewide stay at home order that also closed non-essential businesses, effective noon on March 24 until April 7. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

Michigan

 

On May 8, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order to May 28. Whitmer also announced manufacturing workers can resume work May 11.

On April 24, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 15, but lifted certain restrictions on businesses and traveling. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries, and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling non-essential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Residents are also required to wear masks in public.

On April 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the statewide stay at home order until May 1. Transportation and logistics operations will still be open during this time.

On April 7, Governor Whitmer extended the statewide stay at home order until April 30. Transportation and logistics operations will still be open during this time.

On March 23, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective March 24, for at least three weeks. Individuals may only leave their homes or place of residence under very limited circumstances. All businesses and operations are prohibited from requiring workers to leave their homes unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Transportation and logistics are considered to be life-sustaining operations and will remain open.

Minnesota

 

On May 14, Governor Walz announced non-essential businesses and retailers may reopen with social distancing rules and gatherings of 10 or fewer people may resume effective May 18. Bars, restaurants, gyms and salons must remain closed with an aim at partially reopening by June 1.

On April 27, Governor Tim Walz announced that starting immediately, about 20,000 businesses employing between 80,000 and 100,000 in manufacturing, industrial, and office settings may reopen. It does not require owners of eligible businesses to open and does not include customer-facing retail businesses. It also requires businesses to meet a number of conditions, including creating a COVID-19 "Preparedness Plan" and conducting health screenings of employees each day at arrival.

On April 17, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order that reopened outdoor recreational businesses, including golf courses, bait shops, public and private marinas, and outdoor shooting ranges. The order went into effect on April 18 and required residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC.

On April 8, Governor Tim Walz extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 4. Transportation and logistics are considered critical services during this time and will remain open.

On March 25, Governor Tim Walz ordered state residents to shelter in place unless they are engaged in a specific list of activities or "Critical Sector Work." The order is effective at 11:59 pm on March 27 until April 10. Transportation and logistics are considered critical services.

Mississippi

 

On May 11, Governor Reeves extended his "Safer At Home" order for another two weeks. An amendment however allows salons, barbershops and gyms to reopen with some restrictions.

On April 25, Governor Tate Reeves signed a statewide safer-at-home executive order that goes into effect April 27 to replace the shelter at home order extending to May 11. This order will allow most retailers to reopen at 50% capacity. The new order will not allow businesses that require social contact — such as salons, gyms, spas, and tattoo parlors — to reopen yet.

On April 17, Governor Tate Reeves extended his statewide stay-at-home order until April 27. This order still requires the closure of non-essential businesses. Supply chain companies are designated an essential business.

On April 1, Governor Tate Reeves issued a shelter-in-place order effective 5 pm April 3 until 8 am April 20. Residents are to leave their homes only for essential activities, including working for essential business. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 24, Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order providing state guidelines, including the closure of non-essential businesses. Supply chain companies are designated an essential business. The Governor is operating on an "Identify and Isolate" strategy across the state. On March 31, Governor Reeves announced a shelter in place order for Lauderdale county, effective 10 pm, on March 31 until April 14. The order also closes non-essential businesses.

Missouri

 

On April 27, Governor Mike Parson announced a plan to reopen Missouri. The first phase begins on May 4, during which citizens may start returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements. All businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect their employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations.

On April 16, Governor Mike Parson extended the statewide stay-home order to May 3. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas also extended the city's stay-at-home mandate until May 15. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said she was extending orders indefinitely and would re-evaluate in mid-May.

On April 3, Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide "Stay Home Missouri" order effective April 6 until April 24. The order says individuals living in Missouri must avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary for essential services. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential services and will remain open.

On March 27, Governor Mark Burton issued an order prohibiting the operation of coin-operated gambling or amusement machines and closing campgrounds and lodging through April 30. Stay at home orders were issued for St. Louis and Kansas City, effective March 23 and March 24, respectively. These include the closing of non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.

Montana

 

On April 22, Governor Steve Bullock announced that the state's churches could resume services, and some businesses will be able to reopen on April 27 as long as they practice social distancing. Restaurants, bars, and casinos can reopen on May 4 with reduced capacity and an 11:30 pm closure time.

On April 10, Governor Steve Bullock extended the statewide stay at home order until April 24. Transportation and logistics services have been designated as essential work and will remain open.

On March 26, Governor Steve Bullock issued an order directing all state residents to stay at home except for essential work and limited outdoor activities, effective March 28. Transportation and logistics services have been designated as essential work and will remain open.

Nebraska

 

On April 27, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced certain businesses would be allowed to reopen May 4 and serve customers while following safety guidelines. Ricketts extended directed health measures to May 4 instead of ending April 30. Ricketts will also release religious services, funerals, and weddings from following the 10-person social gathering limit if guidelines are followed.

On March 19, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an order that effectively shuts down restaurants, bars, theaters, churches, gyms, and social gatherings of more than ten people in four eastern Nebraska counties: Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington.

Nevada

 

On April 29th, Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15th. He also announced that on May 1st, all retail businesses will be allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, drive-in services will be permitted for places of worship so long as people remain in their vehicles and social distancing is maintained, and restrictions will be relaxed on outdoor activities.

On April 1, Governor Steve Sisolak issued a "stay at home" directive, effective at midnight April 1 until at least April 30. It orders residents to stay at home, with exceptions such as leaving for certain essential jobs or obtaining essential services. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open. The order extended previously announced closures of non-essential businesses, gaming operations, and schools.

On March 17, Governor Steve Sisolak directed all Nevadans to stay home and all non-essential businesses to close to the public for 30 days. Logistics and supply chain operations, including warehouses, storage, and distribution facilities, have been designated essential businesses by the state of Nevada.

New Hampshire

 

On May 4, Governor Sununu extended the state's stay-at-home order to the end of the month, with some key amendments. Retailers will be allowed a limited number of customers in their stores beginning May 11, and restaurants can open with outdoor dining beginning May 18.

On March 26, Governor Chris Sununu ordered state citizens to stay home and announced non-essential businesses would be required to suspend all in-person business operations beginning 11:59 pm on March 27 until May 4. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies that supply materials and products used by essential businesses and operations have been designated essential businesses by the state of New Hampshire.

New Jersey

 

On April 29th, Governor Murphy announced state parks and forests will reopen and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen under restrictions starting on May 2nd.

On April 8, Governor Murphy signed an order requiring manufacturing businesses, warehousing businesses, and businesses engaged in essential construction projects to adopt a series of new mitigation policies, including requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises. Details on the new requirements can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200408e.shtml

On March 21, Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order requiring New Jersey residents to remain at home with exceptions and directing all non-essential retail businesses to close to the public, effective at 9 pm on March 21. Governor Murphy also signed an order that invalidates any county or municipal restriction that conflicts with these requirements.

New Mexico

 

On April 23, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 15. The state government will prepare for a "gradual and safe" reopening before the stay-at-home order ends.

On April 9, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the statewide stay at home order until April 30. All businesses deemed non-essential are ordered to close, and all non-essential workers are required to work from home in addition to limiting gatherings to five. Logistics businesses have been deemed essential and may continue to operate.

On April 6, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 29, keeping schools and non-essential businesses closed. Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment have been designated essential services by the state of New York and will remain open.

On March 23, Governor Lujan Grisham issued a "statewide stay-at-home instruction" effective March 24 until April 10. All businesses deemed non-essential are ordered to close, and all non-essential workers are required to work from home in addition to limiting gatherings to five. Logistics businesses have been deemed essential and may continue to operate.

New York

 

On May 14, Governor Cuomo announced five regions in New York may begin a phased reopening on May 15, allowing construction work to resume and retailers to reopen with curbside or in-store pickup.

On May 11, Governor Cuomo said that reopening metrics had been met in three regions: the Finger Lakes; the Southern Tier; and the Mohawk Valley. He said the state would allow certain low-risk businesses and activities to resume operations on May 15, including landscaping and gardening work; outdoor sports; and drive-in movie theaters.

On May 1st, Governor Cuomo announced the state’s schools and colleges will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year and will continue distance learning. A decision on summer school will be announced at the end May.

On April 16, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the state's stay-at-home order until at least May 15. On April 12, in addition to broader orders in place, Governor Cuomo ordered employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical facemask to their employees when they are interacting with the public.

On April 12, in addition to broader orders in place, Governor Cuomo ordered employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical facemask to their employees when they are interacting with the public. On April 15, Governor Cuomo ordered all New Yorkers to wear masks in public, starting on April 17. Mouth and nose coverings will be required in spaces where six feet of social distancing is not possible.

On March 20, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, directing non-essential businesses to close in-office personnel functions beginning 8 pm on March 22. Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment have been designated essential services by the state of New York. On March 29, Governor Cuomo announced the stay-home order would be extended through April 15.

North Carolina

 

On May 6, Governor Cooper announced Phase One of the state's reopening plan would begin May 8, allowing most stores and parks to open but keeping select businesses like bars and salons closed. Opening businesses must screen their employees for symptoms, ensure capacity never exceeds 50 percent of the building's total fire capacity, maintain social distancing among shoppers, and conduct routine maintenance and sanitation.

On April 23, Governor Roy Cooper announced he is extending the state's stay-at-home order through May 8. Cooper's executive order was scheduled to expire on April 29. The move keeps only essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, open. The restrictions, which also ban mass gatherings of more than ten people, are still in place.

 

On March 27, Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order, effective 5 pm, from March 30 until April 29. The order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. Logistics businesses have been deemed essential and may continue to operate.

North Dakota

 

On May 1st, businesses and restaurants began reopening under detailed operating protocols varying by industry.

On March 27, Governor Doug Burgum added personal care service businesses to an executive order he issued on March 19, mandating all eating and drinking establishments, as well as recreation and entertainment businesses, to close to on-site services.

Ohio

 

On April 27, Governor Mike DeWine announced a three-phase plan to reopen the state. On May 4, non-essential manufacturing, Distribution, construction, and office work can return. On May 12, retail stores can reopen. All of these businesses will need to follow health and hygiene protocols, including wearing facial coverings.

On April 6, Governor Mike DeWine extended the statewide Stay at Home order until May 1. This order still prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses, which are defined as providing services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations. Transportation and logistics businesses are considered essential and will remain open.

On March 22, under the direction of Governor Mike DeWine, Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH ordered all residents to stay in their homes beginning 11:59 pm on March 23 until April 6. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses, which are defined as providing services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations.

Oklahoma

 

On May 15, phase two of the state’s reopening plan began. Nonessential travel can resume, and organized sports activities can reopen while following safety protocols. Bars can operate with diminished standing room occupancy while following safety protocols, and funerals and weddings can resume with more than 10 people.

On April 23, Governor Kevin Stitt announced his plan to reopen the state and non-essential businesses in three phases—with the first beginning on April 24 to allow personal care businesses to reopen with social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants, gyms, churches, and movie theaters will be allowed to open from May 1.

On April 1, Governor Kevin Stitt's earlier executive order to close all non-essential business was expanded to all 77 counties and has been extended from April 15 until April 30. Transportation and Distribution have been deemed essential industries and may continue to operate. The Governor's "Safer at Home" order also now requires all vulnerable populations to stay at home until April 30.

On March 24, Governor Kevin Stitt announced a "safer-at-home" policy and asked Oklahoma residents to remain at home until April 30. The order also mandated the temporary closure of non-essential businesses from March 25 through April 15 that are not part of essential critical infrastructure sectors. Transportation and Distribution have been deemed essential industries and may continue to operate.

Oregon

 

On March 23, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order directing citizens to stay at home and non-essential retail businesses where close contact is difficult to avoid to close. Businesses not closed by the order are required to implement social distancing policies and teleworking and work-at-home options when possible. The order remains in effect until ended by the Governor.

Pennsylvania

 

Select approved counties will be begin Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, allowing restrictions will be eased for restaurants, bars, salons, massage businesses, gyms and fitness centers. Requirements include a maximum gathering limit, social distancing, and sanitation.

On May 8, Governor Wolf extended the stay-at-home order for most of the state until June 4, but allowed it to be lifted in 28 of the state’s 67 counties that have met benchmarks for new cases and testing.

 

On May 1st, Governor Wolf announced 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state will move to a reopening phase on May 8th. Guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8th will be announced on May 4th.

On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf extended the state's stay-at-home order to May 8. On May 8, Pennsylvania will allow limited construction projects to resume. Transportation and warehousing services may still remain open. As of April 19, essential businesses must provide masks for their employees and require them to wear the masks, according to the order from Pennsylvania's Department of Health. Customers at these businesses must wear masks while on the premises or be denied entry.

On April 1, Governor Tim Wolf issued stay-at-home orders for all 67 Pennsylvania counties, effective 8 am April 1 until April 30. The order followed previous county-specific orders. Residents may only leave their homes to perform essential activities. Transportation and warehousing are considered life-sustaining businesses and may continue to operate.

On March 30, Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their earlier "Stay at Home" orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order, effective 8 pm on March 30 until April 30. On March 20, the Governor issued an order prohibiting the operation of businesses that are not life-sustaining within Pennsylvania. Transportation and warehousing are considered life-sustaining businesses and may continue to operate.

Rhode Island

 

On April 7, Governor Gina Raimondo extended the statewide stay at home order to May 8. The order limits social gatherings to no more than five people and closes non-essential businesses. Supply Chain operations are considered essential businesses and will remain open.

On March 28, Governor Gina M. Raimondo ordered residents to stay home unless traveling to work, medical treatment, or obtaining necessities, and ordered all non-critical retail businesses to cease in-person operations beginning March 30.

South Carolina

 

On April 20, Governor Henry McMaster began loosening economic restrictions, allowing businesses previously deemed non-essential — department stores, flea markets, florists, bookstores and music shops — to reopen their doors if they can maintain social distancing measures. The Governor's official stay-at-home order remains in place.  Beaches may also open, depending on guidance from local jurisdictions.

On April 6, Governor Henry McMaster announced a mandatory "home or work" order, effective April 7. Under it, state residents should stay home unless they are working, visiting family, exercising outside at a safe distance, or obtaining necessary goods or services. Supply chain operations are considered necessary services and will remain open.

On March 26, Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory quarantine for those coming into the state from areas in the country deemed "hot spots" for COVID-19. On March 24, Charleston City Council passed a citywide stay-at-home ordinance effective March 26 for 14 days. The ordinance will require "non-essential businesses" to close and will direct citizens to stay at home unless making trips for essential services.

South Dakota

 

On April 28th, Governor Kristi Noem encouraged schools and businesses to allow limited gatherings but cautioned people to continue to maintain social distancing. She advised businesses to open while taking precautions including temperature checks.

On March 23, Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order outlining recommended guidelines for businesses, municipalities, and hospitals to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The recommendations include asking businesses to restrict gatherings, hospitals to postpone elective procedures, and restaurants and retail businesses to offer takeout or limit groups of people to 10 or fewer. The order leaves enforcement up to counties and cities.

Tennessee

 

On April 30th, Mayor Cooper extended Nashville’s Safer at Home Order until at least Friday, May 8th. All non-essential businesses must remain closed. Residents must also wear a mask or face covering and maintain six feet of separation from others when in public.

On April 21, Governor Bill Lee announced that the statewide stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30, and that some businesses around the state will begin reopening as early as April 27. Lee's announcement does not apply to the state's counties with the largest cities, including Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan counties. The Governor's office says they will work with these counties and their health departments as they plan their own reopening strategies.

 

On April 13, Governor Bill Lee extended the statewide Stay-At-Home Order through April 30 with plans to phase back into opening the economy in May. Manufacturing, Distribution, and Supply Chain operations for critical products and industries have been deemed essential businesses and will remain open.

On April 2, Governor Bill Lee issued a statewide stay at home order that will remain in effect until April 14. The order asked that residents only leave their homes for essential activities. Manufacturing, Distribution, and Supply Chain operations for critical products and industries have been deemed as essential businesses and will remain open.

Texas

 

On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott said he would allow the state's stay-home order to expire on April 30. Retail, restaurants, theaters, museums, libraries, and churches can open at 25% occupancy on May 1. Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis are allowed, as long as there are four participants or less.

On April 22, Dallas County Commissioners extend the county's Safer at Home order until May 15, keeping restrictions in place involving business operations and large public gatherings while advising people to stay at home unless they are conducting "essential business."

On April 17, Governor Greg Abbott announced executive orders that eased some of the restrictions on retail stores and parks, but all schools, public and private, will remain closed for the rest of the school year. All stores in Texas will be able to operate retail-to-go beginning April 24. They can deliver items to customer's cars, homes, or other locations. State parks are to be reopened on April 20.

On April 13, Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended the stay-at-home order for Travis County until May 8. The order mandates that residents remain home unless they are leaving for essential activities or essential work. Critical manufacturing and transportation systems are identified as essential services and will remain open.

On April 2, Governor Greg Abbott ordered all Texans to stay home until April 30. Residents must stay home unless providing essential services or doing essential things like going to the grocery store. Critical manufacturing and transportation systems are identified as essential services and will remain open.

On March 29, Governor Gregg Abbott issued a new executive order mandating a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana, joining identical requirements for air travelers from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans and air travelers from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, California, and Washington state. This mandated quarantine will not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions. Texas cities, including Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, McKinney, and Hudson, are under stay at home orders.

Utah

 

On April 14, Governor Gary R. Herbert extended the statewide "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive to May 1. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. The directives, aimed at establishing minimum statewide standards, include recommendations on social distancing, travel, dining, and working for citizens. For businesses, the directives suggest assessing and prioritizing essential functions, products, and services.

On April 10, Governor Gary Herbert extended the statewide stay at home directive until April 30. The directives, aimed at establishing minimum statewide standards, include recommendations on social distancing, travel, dining, and working for citizens. For businesses, the directives suggest assessing and prioritizing essential functions, products, and services.

On March 27, Governor Gary Herbert issued a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive effective immediately until at least April 13. The directives, aimed at establishing minimum statewide standards, include recommendations on social distancing, travel, dining, and working for citizens. For businesses, the directives suggest assessing and prioritizing essential functions, products, and services.

Vermont

 

On May 12, Governor Phil Scott announced a “gradual reopening” of retail will begin on May 18. All retail employees will need to wear face coverings and maintain a distance of 6 feet. Stores will be required to stay under 25% of their  legal capacity and conduct health and safety training on state guidelines if they have more than 10 employees.

On April 20, Governor Phil Scott issued an order allowing some "low contact" businesses to reopen with a two-person staff limit. In an addendum to his stay-at-home order, he directed the state's Agency of Commerce and Community Development to issue guidance to allow outdoor businesses and construction operations — including those working in civil engineering, exterior construction, public works, and landscaping — with crews of two or fewer people to operate.

 

On April 10, Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont's State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this order, Vermont closed all non-essential businesses in the state. Distribution companies may continue limited in-person business under the Governor's Executive Order for only those operations supplying services to businesses providing essential services.

On March 24, Governor Phil Scott ordered all state residents to stay at home effective March 25 until at least April 15. Under this order, Vermont will also be closing all non-essential businesses in the state. Distribution companies may continue limited in-person business under the Governor's Executive Order for only those operations supplying services to businesses providing essential services.

Virginia

 

On May 4, Governor Northam announced his order closing non-essential businesses will be extended to May 14.

On March 30, Governor Ralph Northam announced a 'Stay at Home' order for the state effective immediately until June 10, permitting citizens to leave home only for essential reasons. Non-essential brick-and-mortar retail stores may continue operating, so long as they limit people in any space to 10.

Washington

 

On May 5, Governor Inslee announced the state has entered phase one of reopening. Essential businesses are now open, including but not limited to existing construction that meets agreed-upon criteria and retail (curb-side pick-up orders only). Some outdoor recreation can also take place.

On May 1st, Governor Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31st. On April 29th, Governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order beyond May 4th, date to be announced.

On April 6, Governor Jay Inslee extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 4. Under this order, all non-essential businesses must close. Transportation and logistics workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers and may continue to work.

On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee mandated the closure of non-essential businesses and ordered state residents to stay at home unless pursuing an essential need. Transportation and logistics workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers and may continue to work.

West Virginia

 

On April 29th, Governor Jim Justice announced that “week 1” businesses in the state’s strategic reopening plan can resume operations on April 30th. If the state sees three consecutive days of positive cases below 3%, “week 2” reopening will begin May 4th.

On March 24, Governor Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order for residents, effective 8 pm on March 24. The order also required all non-essential businesses to close. Transportation and logistics are considered essential for business operations.

Wisconsin

 

On May 12, Governor Evers announced standalone or strip mall-based retail stores would be allowed to reopen to in-person shoppers. Drive-in theaters are also allowed to reopen, with some restrictions. Social distancing practices must be maintained at all operating businesses.

On April 27, Governor Tony Evers announced that non-essential business that can operate without customer contact would be allowed to open on Wednesday, April 29. Outdoor recreational rentals may also return to business.

On April 16, Governor Tony Evers extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 26. All non-essential businesses will be required to remain closed.

On March 24, Governor Tony Evers issued a stay-at-home order for state residents prohibiting non-essential travel, with some exceptions, effective March 25 until April 24. Several categories of "non-essential" businesses also must close. Those include clothing stores, sporting good stores, bookstores, golf courses, shooting ranges, frisbee golf courses, and malls.

Wyoming

 

On April 28th, Governor Mark Gordon announced barbershops, nail salons, and gyms may reopen with specific restrictions on May 1st.

On March 19, Governor Mark Gordon issued an order Thursday afternoon closing bars, gyms, and most other public spaces across the state until April 3. On March 29, he extended those orders until April 17. The Governor has not issued a statewide "stay in place" order.

Canada

May 15, 2020 - 10:10pm CDT

GEODIS Canada update

  • On May 15, phase two of the state’s reopening plan began. Nonessential travel can resume, and organized sports activities can reopen while following safety protocols. Bars can operate with diminished standing room occupancy while following safety protocols, and funerals and weddings can resume with more than 10 people.

May 5, 2020 - 10:47pm CDT

  • Government of Canada announced today the creation of the COVID-19 Supply Council which will bring together a diverse group of leaders to provide the government with advice on the procurement of critical goods and services required as part of Canada’s COVID-19 response and recovery. The Council will provide advice on building innovative and agile supply chains for goods in wide use such as masks, gloves and disinfectants, including production, sourcing, shipping and distribution strategies as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve

May 4, 2020 - 9:17pm CDT

  • Hamburg Süd announced due to continued unsatisfactory economic results ending of the Montreal to Western Mediterranean Service.
    • The last eastbound voyage will be Nysted Maersk” voy 24e departing Montreal on June 14, 2020.
    • The final westbound voyage will be Nysted Maersk” voy 24w departing Genoa ( Vado Liqure ) on May 25, 2020.
  • Hamburg Süd will continue to provide weekly all water service from Vancouver to the Western Mediterranean and offers service from Canada to and from Latin America, Asia as well as Australia/New Zealand.

April 29, 2020 - 7:08pm CDT

  • United States has now cleared the new trade agreement USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement) that will take effect on July 1, 2020. The new agreement specifically states that the NAFTA Certificate of Origin cannot be used to apply for duty relief under the new USMCA Agreement. The USMCA does not have a prescribed format for the new declaration, but it must meet the minimum data elements found in Annex 5 A of the agreement.

April 28, 2020 - 7:56pm CDT

  • United States has now cleared the new trade agreement USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement) that will take effect on July 1, 2020. The new agreement specifically states that the NAFTA Certificate of Origin cannot be used to apply for duty relief under the new USMCA Agreement. The USMCA does not have a prescribed format for the new declaration, but it must meet the minimum data elements found in Annex 5 A of the agreement.

April 27, 2020 - 8:30pm CDT

  • Air Canada Cargo introduces new scheduled cargo flights to/from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, and Mexico and an additional flight to/from Frankfurt.
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Amsterdam (AMS) – 1 flight per week
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Copenhagen (CPH – 1 flight per week
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Frankfurt (FRA) – 3 extra flights per week + ongoing daily service
    • Toronto (YYZ) > Mexico City (MEX) – 3 flights per week
    • Montreal (YUL) > Tel Aviv (TLV) – 2 flights per week
    • Four flights a week have also been scheduled between Toronto and Los Angeles

April 20, 2020 - 9:25pm CDT

  • Canada & US border have agreed to extend the border closure by another 30 days to until 20-May-2020. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries. Hence have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.
  • Air Canada announced effective Monday, April 20, the free storage period would be three days. For any shipment received prior to April 20, the previous 10-day storage limit will apply, but new shipments arriving on April 20 will be subject to the revised free storage limits. The free storage period of 24 hours for specialized freight remains unchanged.

April 16, 2020 - 9:08pm CDT

  • Menzies Aviation announced the implementation of emergency handling surcharge at the Calgary Airport effective April 20 until further notice. COVID 19 related medicines, medical equipment, PPE and pharmaceutical materials, as well as human remains and humanitarian relief goods, are exempt from the surcharge
  • CBSA is temporarily reducing service hours at a total of 27 Canadian low traffic ports of entry (POE) along the Canada United States land borders. The temporary hour adjustments are in effect as of April 15, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT and will remain in effect until the expiration date of the Order in Council made under the Quarantine Act prohibiting entry into Canada from the United States.

April 15, 2020 - 7:25pm CDT

  • In a memo to customers on April 8, Swissport stated: “Swissport is dealing with multiple challenges to ensure that our facilities remain operational and secure for business by adjusting our cost base in line with current activity. Despite this, the material reduction in flight schedules and a significant increase in unit costs necessitate a change to our charging arrangements, as Swissport needs to cover operational fixed costs. Therefore, and in order to sustain service delivery, Swissport is forced to introduce a COVID-19 Emergency Support Surcharge to be collected from the clearing agent and applicable to all import cargo processed through our facilities. This shall apply to import cargo handled loose, warehouse transfers, and pre-built units. A surcharge of $35.00 CAD per MAWB will be applicable as of April 15, 2020, and until further notice. This surcharge shall not apply to the following shipments: COVID-19 related medicines, pharmaceuticals, Human remains & humanitarian relief goods, Export cargo.”

April 9, 2020 - 7:40pm CDT

  • Fitch Ratings said Canadian ports, including the ports of Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax, will maintain relatively strong financial profiles during the COVID-19 crisis and rebound quickly once the crisis is over. This comes despite the expected sharp declines in cargo volumes and cruise activity at the ports. Fitch explained in an April 6 statement that the expected quick rebound is due to the strength and resilience of the respective markets in which the ports operate and the financial cushion they derive from their revenue mix.
  • Air Canada is currently offering four flights per week between PVG and YYZ. From April 11 that this will be a daily service.

April 8, 2020 - 10:34pm CDT

  • Port of Halifax sets up “Fastlane” Initiative Enabling Identification and Movement of Critical COVID-19 Cargo to major Canadian centers and the US Midwest. This is not an expedited service offer, and there are no fees.
  • CN Rail is now providing extended storage options in Toronto, Chicago, and Memphis. It is reviewing additional off-site options in Montreal, Detroit, and Joliet.

April 7, 2020 - 8:55pm CDT

  • BA/IAG Cargo is adding additional flights with daily service in Toronto starting on April 8. This brings its LHR connections to seven flights a week

April 3, 2021 - 6:52pm CDT

No new updates today.

April 2, 2021 - 10:47am CDT

  • The Government of British Columbia, Ontario & Québec provinces has extended closure all non-essential stores
    and services until May 1, 2020.
  • DP World Canada terminals in Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Fraser Surrey are waiving the charge for containers
    requested for expedited rail service (ERS) or “local rush” that contain the following commodities: COVID
    19 test kits, Medical ventilators/respirators,
    Personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical industry (e.g., face shields, gowns, gloves), Virus critical shipments (e.g., hand sanitizer, raw materials going into PPE production), Other medical cargo (to be mutually agreed upon by the port and the ocean carrier.

April 1, 2021 - 6:47pm CDT

  • Canada & US border will be restricted to essential travel only. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries. Hence have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.
  • CN Rail announced it continues to operate efficiently, and its network is fluid, including at the Canada U.S. border. The ports and terminals on the three coasts are also functioning fluidly.
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is functioning fully. Admin staff working remotely. No delays noticed on regular pre-arranged shipments.
  • No impact/delays noticed on clearances on pre-arranged shipments. Corrections have been extended from 30 days to 90 days.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced deferral for Duty & Tax payment.

 

March 31, 2021 - 1:46pm CDT

GEODIS Canada update:

  • Freight forwarding offices are functioning fully, with almost 100% of the team working from home.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been set-up for each office location.

 

3/29/2020

The Canadian government & public health agencies have restricted entry of all travelers except Canadian citizens and permanent cardholders and have announced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for Canadians returning home.

The Government of Ontario & Québec provinces has ordered the closing from March 25 until April 13 of all non-essential stores and services.

The Canadian Federal government announced on March 18 that Canada & US border would be restricted to essential travel only. Both countries have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.

No significant impact has been observed at the British Columbia ports. Shipping lines have advised no change or extensions yet to free demurrage & detention days. CMA announced pre pull service to avoid port/rail terminal storage charges, and costs are higher than regular market rates.

CN Rail stated that it continues to operate efficiently, with a fluid network and the capacity and resources to meet ongoing customer needs, especially in the intermodal sector.

Air Canada announced the extension of the free storage period for import general cargo from two days to 10 days at all Canadian stations. Special cargo will continue to have 24 hours of free storage.

Airlines have canceled or reduced PAX services, and all rates are now on a spot quote basis only.

Some warehouses and trucking companies have decided to halt their services until the end of this mandatory closure order.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is functioning fully, and there are no delays noticed on regular, pre-arranged shipments.

CBSA has not announced any changes to its regulations. Canadian Society of Customs Brokers ( CSCB ) is working on the physical aspect to improve the process.

Health Canada is waving some of its IID requirements to make it easier to declare the goods that are for essential services.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has advised receipt high call volumes. They are requesting importers to refrain from calling to check on the status of shipments. They have activated its business continuity plan, which prioritizes critically important services as follows;

  • Food safety investigations and recalls
  • Animal disease investigations
  • Inspection services
  • Export certification
  • Import inspection services
  • Emergency management
  • Laboratory diagnostics in support of the above

GEODIS Canada offices are fully functioning, and a majority of employees equipped and capable are working remotely.

Employees are reminded to wash their hands frequently and social distance to ensure their safety and that of their teammates. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been set up for each office location. Employees have been reminded to inform their manager immediately if they are feeling unwell or have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, is self-isolating due to symptoms, has been recently hospitalized, or has returned from outside Canada within the last 14 days. Access to GEODIS Canada offices is restricted.

Argentina

May 11, 2020 - 8:56pm CDT

GEODIS Argentina Update:

  • The total quarantine was extended until the 24th May.
  • Some more industries as well as small shops were exempted and can start to work.

April 27, 2020 - 8:32pm CDT

  • The total quarantine was extended until the 10th May.

April 22, 2020 - 7:47pm CDT

Starting today everybody is obliged to use face masks on the streets and in the offices.  Masks face should be hand made in order to avoid the purchase of official sanitary masks that may affect the normal provision to sanitary workers, medical doctors, etc

April 15, 2020 - 7:26pm CDT

  • Starting today everybody is obliged to use face masks on the streets and in the offices. Masks face should be hand made in order to avoid the purchase of official sanitary masks that may affect the normal provision to sanitary workers, medical doctors, etc..

April 7, 2021 - 9:02pm CDT

  • All the Forwarders, Customs Brokers, NVOCC’s and Carriers (like Hapag Lloyd, MSC, and HHSUED) are closed or operating with a very small staff until further notice.

April 3, 2021 - 12:38pm CDT

  • Starting today 9 new industries will be part of the list of exceptions and will be allowed to transit and produce. Mining is one of them. 

 

April 2, 2021 - 10:39am CDT

  • The Government confirmed the extension of the total quarantine and curfew until the 13th
  • Payment and issuing of checks were authorized again but there continue to be discussions with the Unions about it.
  • Only authorized and vital goods will be cleared by the Customs Authorities. That will help our job a lot because we will not be obliged to hand documentation over.
  • We have informed the Social Insurance System (ART) that our staff will work from their homes (just to be on the safe side) and are sending them a report of the people working at their home every day.

April 1, 2021 - 6:49pm CDT

  • All the Forwarders, Customs Brokers, NVOCC’s and Carriers (like Hapag Lloyd, MSC, and HHSUED) are closed or operating with a very small staff until further notice.
  • Some Provinces have closed their borders.

 

March 31, 2021 - 1:46pm CDT

GEODIS Argentina Update:

  • Today is a National holiday in Argentina, and we anticipate less activity because all public institutions remain closed.
  • Achieved 100% work from home status for staff.

Brazil

May 15, 2020 - 10:12pm CDT

GEODIS Brazil update

  • The Minister of Health has resigned.

May 11, 2020 - 8:57pm CDT

  • In one month, there were more than 8,022 deaths in the country.
  • Quarantine is extended in São Paulo State until May 31

May 6, 2020 - 8:51pm CDT

  • Another lockdown was decreed. At this time in Pará State ( 10 cities will be reached )

May 4, 2020 - 9:18pm CDT

  • Possible quarantine extension in SP with more restriction due to the increasing cases
  • Was decreed the first lockdown in Brasil ( Maranhão State – including specifically 04 cities – for 10 days)

May 3, 2020 - 8:43pm CDT

  • Celebrated Labor Day in Brasil on Friday, May 1st, 2020
  • Possible quarantine extension in SP with more restriction due to the increasing cases
  • Was decreed the first lockdown in Brasil ( Maranhão State – including specifically 04 cities – for ten days)
  • Study shows that Brazil has the highest contagion rate of covid-19 in the world (Imperial College London did the research) According to the study in Brasil 1  person being contaminated get three others contaminated.

April 26, 2020 - 11:21am CDT

  • Bad news coming from Brazil: Justice Minister Moro has left the Government, and USD reached 5.75 and growing.

April 22, 2020 - 7:48pm CDT

  • On May 1, Aeromexico will start flights to GRU again.

April 9, 2020 - 10:37pm CDT

  • Export volumes are strong (strong demand)

April 2, 2021 - 1:46pm CDT

  • Home office contracts sent to all employees

April 1, 2021 - 6:49pm CDT

  • The contract is being issued in conjunction with our lawyers for all employees about the Home Office to avoid any labor issue in the future

March 31, 2021 - 2:30pm CDT

GEODIS Brazil Update:

  • 80% of GFF staff are working remotely, with 20% in the office practicing social distancing and enhanced health and safety protocols. 
  • 100% of the Contract Logistics administrative team is working remotely.
  • CL Warehouses still operating with minimal to no labor outages.
  • Converted to Skype interviews for open positions.
  • The situation in China is improving and we see withdrawn the congestion plugging fee at the terminals there, given the resumption of operation at the origin, plugs availability back to normal.
  • All customs checkpoints are operating without presencial attendenca but no delays are reported.
  • Industrial product quotes are picking up again.

 

Chile

May 15,  2020 - 10:13pm CDT

GEODIS Chile Update:

  • Chilean Government declared on 13th of May total quarantine for Greater Santiago and also additionally for the communes San Bernardo, Buin, Puente Alto, Padre Hurtado, Lampay Colina–Total Quarantine will start on Friday 15.05.2020 at 10:00 pm

May 13,  2020 - 7:06pm CDT

  • Chilean Government declared on 13 th of May total quarantine for Iquique y Alto Hospicio in region of Tarápaca Quarantine will start on Friday 15.05.2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Chilean Government declared on 13 th of May total quarantine for Greater Santiago and also additionally for the communes San Bernardo, Buin, Puente Alto, Padre Hurtado, Lampa y Colina Total Quarantine will start on Friday 15.05.2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Chilean Government also declared on 13th of May that persons with an age from 75 years or older are in mandatory quarantine this restriction is valid for whole country of Chile
  • These declared quarantine will affect 42% of the Chilean population
  • On 13 th of May Chile had with 2.660 new cases by far the highest number of new cases and in total now 34.381 confirmed cases and 19.170 active cases

May 6,  2020 - 8:52pm CDT

  • Ñuñoa Norte (until Av. Grecia) will be released from quarantine at 07.05.2020
  • La Pintana and San Ramon will enter now in total in quarantine
  • Chilean Government declared at 06th of May that communes Cerro Navia , Conchalí , La Granja, San Miguel, Lo Espejo, Macul , Lo Prado, Peñalolén , La Florida, Renca , San Joaquín y La Cisterna will enter into total quarantine on Thursday 07.05.2020
  • For communes of San Bernardo and Puente Alto the radius of the quarantine was extended

May 4,  2020 - 9:20pm CDT

  • Chilean Government declared total quarantine from 05.05.2020 at 10:00 pm for the communes Santiago, Independencia , Cerrillos, Recoleta , Antofagasta, Mejillones y Quilicura.
  • Chilean Government declared total quarantine for the commune of Quilicura where the GEODIS DC is located. Management Team in contact with landlord and in contact with governmental authorities in order to receive a collective permission for the employees.

April 28,  2020 - 7:58pm CDT

  • Chillán y Chillán Viejo: Sanitary Customs will be released on Thursday 30.04.2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Temuco and Osorno: From 28th of March until 30.04.20 at 10:00 pm quarantine will be released in urban radius at 30.04.20 at 10:00 pm but still with sanitary customs which does not allow to enter or leave the city.
  • Estación Central, Independencia and urban radius of Angol and Victoria will enter in quarantine on Thursday 30.04.20
  • La Pintana (North of Street El Observatorio) and San Ramon (South of Street Americo Vespucio ) will enter in quarantine at 30.04.20 at 10:00 pm.

April 26,  2020 - 11:23am CDT

  • Today in Chile, it is the first day of reduction of Active cases as the number of new cases is lower than the quantity recovered.

April 21,  2020 - 7:47pm CDT

  • Quinta Normal, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, and South Part of Independencia (Gamero to River Mapocho) are in quarantine beginning April 23, 2020, at 10 pm.

April 16,  2020 - 7:26pm CDT

  • The GEODIS Chile team had a new Town Hall with all employees from FF and Contract Logistics. Held on Wednesday, April 15 at 03:00 pm local time in Chile, the Town Hall explained the Coronavirus situation and confirmed the protocols and recommendations/instructions regarding social distancing and hygiene.

April 14,  2020 - 7:26pm CDT

  • Arica, El Bosque and part of San Bernardo will be start quarantine from 16thof April at 10:00 pm
  • Industrial Projects division: Ministry of transport giving transport permissions for Heavy and oversized pieces is still in quarantine so permissions will get delayed. Police have slowed down 50 % of all escorts from Santiago till further notice, so movement on ODC´s can be handled from Santiago but at lower pace.

April, 8  2020 - 10:40pm CDT

  • Mandatory usage of masks in public transport

April, 7  2020 - 8:06pm CDT

  • Temperature Control at the entrance of Distribution Center:  After delivery of thermometers we implemented on April 7th, a voluntary temperature control at the entrance of the Distribution Center (employees, subcontractors, and drivers). Due to legal restrictions, we cannot oblige the control, therefore it is on a voluntary basis.

March 31, 2021 - 2:09pm CDT

GEODIS Chile Update:

  • 95% of freight forwarding team members are now working at home with 100% productivity reported. 
  • One employee is working in our airport office to guarantee document delivery.  3 times a day cleaning and sanitizing of the workplace is common.
  • Industrial Projects division: Ministry of transport giving transport permissions for Heavy and oversized pieces is
    in quarantine so permissions will get delayed. And police stopped all escorts from Santiago till further notice,
    so no ODC ´ s can be handled from Santiago at this time.

Customs Clearance Update:

Q: How are customs regulations being adapted to facilitate the continuous flow of goods? 

A: Customs has authorized the transfer of original documents via email of documents to ease the process for import sea freight and airfreight.

Q: What is the impact on customs services?

A: Less customs agents are required for physical inspections. Lead times are the rest are still business as usual.

Colombia

May 15, 2020 - 10:15pm CDT

GEODIS Colombia Update:

  • Colombian airline Avianca, one of Latin America’s largest airlines filed for Chapter 11 in the USA, due to impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose to take this action is protected and preserve operations (it will not affect cargo bookings) and the employment, currently, they have 21,000 people throughout Latin America including more than 14,000 in Colombia as direct employees. Moreover, they have informed that they will continue flying international and domestic on its Freighters and bellies. The only exception will be Peru where they cancelled domestic operations and they will only attend international flights for this country.

May 13, 2020 - 7:08pm CDT

  • Through “CoronApp – Colombia” (free application) the government will issue status of mobility by QR code that lasts 24 hours; before this code is issued the citizen must fulfill a questioner about their health status and declare under oath that the information provided is true. Once the self-diagnosis has yielded good results, the app issues the code. This measure will allow:
    • The government control citizen who is outside,
    • Employees from the reopened sectors can travel to their workplaces
    • Monitor the health status of citizen and take a plan action according to the statistics.

May 11, 2020 - 8:59pm CDT

  • Through resolution 41, DIAN (Customs authority) The exceptions to the suspension of customs terms by the State of Social, Economic and Sanitary Emergency were adjusted, and the management of evaluation and response to requests for assigning the accreditation of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is added. This decision reactivates the AEO program in Colombia, thereby activating the sale of the GEODIS Specialized Consulting Service.
  • The mayor of Bogota stipulated the following conditions in order to reopen the new economy sectors after May 11th, 2020:
    • Different shifts per sector
    • Construction: from 10:00am to 7:00pm
    • Manufacturing: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. (They can use different shifts in between this time)
    • Merchandise: from 12:00pm to 12:00pm
    • Ground transport and distribution: at night.

May 7, 2020 - 7:45pm CDT

  • By decree 637, the Government declared state of emergency for the next 30 days.
  • By decree 636, the Ministry of Interior made official the following decisions:
    • Extended the national quarantine until May 25th, 2020.
    • Extended the domestic air transport restrictions until May 25th, 2020. Excepted humanitarian emergency flights, freight transport and fortuitous event.
    • Authorized reopen the following sectors:
      • Wholesale and retail marketing of building materials, hardware, locksmiths, glass products and paint.
      • Wholesale of furniture.
      • Manufacture, maintenance and repair of computers, peripheral equipment, communication, electronic and optical equipment
      • Wholesale and retail marketing of motor vehicles and motorcycles, including parts, pieces and accessories.
    • Estipulate the requirements for the municipalities that hasn’t had confirmed COVID cases to open gradually the economy.
    • The Government announced a subsidy for payroll payment of 40% of the minimum wage. This measure is aimed to small, medium and big size enterprises. The company should fulfill the following conditions:
      • Revenue reduction of 20% comparing results April 2020 vs. April 2019 Certificate issued by the fiscal auditor who ratifies the information mentioned in the previous point.

May 6, 2020 - 8:55pm CDT

  • The Ministry of Commerce authorized the exports of face masks made by woven fabrics due to it can be reused. Face masks made by non-woven fabrics which fulfill requirements established by the Ministry of health remain the restrictions to be exported.

May 5, 2020 - 9:21pm CDT

  • The government is evaluating the option to gradually open the economy in the regions and departments that hasn’t have confirmed COVID cases. Mayor of Bogota is evaluating to reopen the economy proposing 4 different shifts that allows operating 24 hours per day.
    • Ground transportation from 10pm to 6:00am
    • Manufacturing and construction would start 10:00 a. m.

May 3, 2020 - 8:45pm CDT

  • We had a meeting with the Ministry of Commerce to standardize documentation release virtual process at port. We must structure our means to implement it in the second week of May.
  • In our distribution center, this Saturday, we will sanitize the administrative area and a part of the warehouse (Approx. 2.500Mtr2). We already agreed with all our customers, and we will take all the measures to protect our personnel and goods using a biosafety standard.

April 29, 2020 - 7:13pm CDT

  • Main steam shipping lines (HSUD, CMA, Maersk, ONE, MSC) have confirmed a blank sailing extension to the end of June for all shipments from Asia.
  • Hapag enlarges free days for shipments in the USA from 14 to 18 days until the end of June; however, we are working on getting an extension of it.
  • HSUD extends free days from 18 to 20 for shipments with regional SVC from Asia up to the end of December.
  • We are implementing measures in our distribution center according to biosecurity standards.

April 27, 2020 - 8:35pm CDT

  • By decree 593, the Ministry of Interior made official the following decisions: o Extended the national quarantine until May 11th, 2020.
    • Authorized the reopening of the construction sector as building constructions, civil works, and road infrastructure.
    • Marketing of goods and restaurants are allowed only through E-commerce.
    • Authorized the reopening manufacture of textiles, leather, and clothing, manufacture of paper, and the manufacture of chemicals, metals, electrical products, machinery, and equipment.
    • Authorized the reopening of the bicycle industry, allowing the manufacture, repair, maintenance, purchase, and sale.
    • Suspended the domestic air transport until May 11th, 2020. Excepted humanitarian emergency flights, freight transport, and fortuitous event.
    • A citizen can do outdoor exercise for a maximum of 1 hour for people between 18 and 60 years old.
  • Through decree 121, the Mayor of Bogota established the biosecurity protocol following the recommendations of the Ministry of health and social protection for those sectors reopened mentioned on decree 593.
  • INVIMA (Colombian Sanitary Authority), in an official Communication of April 22nd, 2020 clarify the conditions to import face masks, as a temporary measure the Colombian health authority requires the completion of a “Sworn Statement” confirming that those items will be for the internal use of the importing company.

April 26, 2020 - 11:24am CDT

  • Steam shipping lines are taking actions during the current situation, and we have received the following updates:
    • HAPAG/HSUD: have established special cost (USD 25/day) for additional free days or special open days for bookings handled in their platform.
    • HAPAG will change the IMO2020 charging methodology; from now, this charge will be included in the ocean freight.
    • Menzies ground handler is announcing to charge an additional fee (USD 15) for import shipments, kind of Covid-fee, this measure was also notified by Air France Group so that we will review the acceptance.

April 22, 2020 - 7:49pm CDT

  • We are providing our employees who are attending the premises with kits to prevent Covid 19. Each kit includes a bottle of water, three sterile gloves, 1 Mask, 1 Antibacterial gel, and wet towels.

April 16, 2020 - 9:11pm CDT

  • The Government has implemented the “CoronApp – Colombia,” a free application that allows all citizens to consult information related to Covid in Colombia, a number of cases, government measures, news, and care advice.
  • We have replaced the biometrical fingerprint to access the distribution center to magnetic cards to reduce the risk of contagion.

April 15, 2020 - 7:28pm CDT

  • By decree 551 issued by Ministry of finance established that during the validity of the health emergency declared by the Government, a total of 211 health elements as; mask, biosafety suits, medical equipment, among others devices and health elements are exempt of sales tax -VAT (19%) by undefine time period. This measure will apply in imports and sales inside Colombian territory.
  • Received a formal letter from the PIL steam shipping line clarifying that the rumors about bankruptcy are false; however, we maintain restriction, and we aren’t operating with them.

April 8, 2021 - 10:13pm CDT

  • The Mayor of Bogota implemented a decree (No. 106 of April 8th, 2020), establishing new mobilization restrictions per gender for women on even days and for men odd days. This transit allows people to do essential activities to purchase food and do bank procedures. Geodis employees can mobilize themselves with special permission to our facilities.

April 7, 2021 - 8:38pm CDT

  • By decree 520 issued by the Ministry of Finance is extended deadlines for payments of duties and tax obligations for legal entities.
  • The world bank has given a loan of USD $250 Million to Colombia; these resources will be distributed to attend the sanitary emergency and natural disaster. In addition, the bank will provide policy advice and technical assistance in managing the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
  • FITAC (Freight forwarders and customs association) is reporting an important backlog at ports, through an official communication is requesting the cargo removal from port terminals to relieve terminals in order to allow the arrival of cargo and minimize the risk of damming, storage capacity and port collapse.
  • Maersk and Hamburg Sud have canceled the service from the Far East to West Coast South America, Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, other steam shipping lines are making decisions as black sailing and considering giving the service biweekly and not weekly services as normal because they are working at 70% of their capacity.
  • Due to the 14 days extension of isolation, we are going to keep the COVID contingency plan, good practices, and policies until the end of the quarantine.
  • We are consolidating the product ITR (de-consolidation at port and FTL movements) as a solution to our customers, to attend the petition made by FITAC (Freight forwarders and customs association), In addition, we will offer warehouse for spot cargo.

 

April 6, 2021 - 8:13pm CDT

The Government took the following decisions:

  • Extend the national isolation until April 26th (11:59 pm)
  • Keep schools and universities till May 31st.
  • From today the production capacity of health protection elements will be increased, such mask, biosafety suits, sanitizer antibacterial gel through national companies which produce that kind of element and others that has to adjust its production.
  • Today masks are mandatory in supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, public transport.
  • The Government has created the National Fund of Guaranties, and this program will offer COP$12 Billion, the companies will have access through loan giving guaranties, the benefits for them are postponing commission payment for up to four months or extension of the credit up to six months. It will allow them to minimize liquidity problems, massive layoffs, and can keep their businesses.
  • As a commercial initiative, we are exploring other solutions for our customers because of the cargo backlog at the port. In Colombia, we manage a figure called ITR in international trade, which allows us to de-consolidate the cargo at a port warehouse to transfer it to a dedicated truck with the purpose of returning the container immediately in the same place, avoiding demurrage and other fees associated to containers.

April 3, 2021 - 12:47pm CDT

  • We have implemented newsletters for our clients, informing them about changes in Colombian regulations and operation processes. This bulletin will be sent twice a week.

 

April 1, 2021 - 6:52pm CDT

No updates today

 

March 31, 2021 - 1:58pm CDT

GEODIS Colombia Update:

  • In contact with all steam shipping lines, agents, and representatives to understand new methodologies and schedules. The intent is to start doing virtual processes with ports.
  • Continue to connect with new ground suppliers in light of the recent truck shortage.

Mexico

May 15, 2020 - 10:17pm CDT

GEODIS Mexico Update:

  • The Mexican Institute for Social Security ( informed that it has become the first institution in the country certified to use convalescent plasma as an alternative treatment for patients with serious cases of COVID 19
  • Zoé Robledo, the head of the IMSS announced that Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez home of Mexico’s Gran Prix, will become a temporary hospital to treat patients infected with COVID 19 According to Zoé Robledo, authorities will install 192 hospital beds and 26 intensive care beds
  • The first 48 ventilators for patients with COVID 19 bought from China arrived last night in Mexico City on the tenth shipment of medical supplies from Shanghai
  • Carlos Salazar Lomelín President of the Mexican Business Coordinating Council announced that Mexico’s Private Sector will coordinate with state governments all the efforts to face COVID 19 economical crisis

May 13, 2020 - 7:10pm CDT

  • Mexico had its worst 24 hour period during contingency reporting 353 deaths and 1,997 new infections
  • The Mexican government signed an agreement with the Teletón Foundation so that the federal and state governments can use 23 Children's Rehabilitation Centers ( as temporary hospitals to treat patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms, as well as regular hospitals
  • The General Health Council announced today that the construction, mining and manufacturing of transportation equipment will be added to the list of essential activities, so they can return to their activities

May 11, 2020 - 9:02pm CDT

  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Deputy Health Minister Dr Hugo López Gatell said authorities expect the COVID 19 pandemic to reach its peak in Mexico City and the metropolitan area this week López Obrador said the peak will take place between May 6 8 and that COVID 19 will later start to decrease
  • Health Ministry informed that national hospitals are at 60 of it’s capacity on regards the number of beds intended to treat COVID 19
  • Francisco Cervantes, President of the Mexican Industry Chambers Confederation announced that starting next May 17th, the automotive industry and some of its supplier sectors ( tires, auto parts, glass, steel, among others) will gradually restart activities under all the necessary health safety protocols, staggered hours and only with employees who do not suffer from chronic diseases
  • Mexico wants to contribute to the search for a cure or an effective treatment against Covid 19 today dozens of researchers from Mexican health institutions and universities, both public and private, are developing 14 scientific projects to fight coronavirus through clinical trials involving 1,500 patients
  • The IMSS will convert its three resorts into shelters or temporary hospitals to treat patients infected with COVID 19 The three facilities are located in Oaxtepec Atlixco Metepec and La Trinidad and have 1,238 rooms in total these rooms will be converted to treat asymptomatic patients, those who have mild symptoms, and people who are still recovering and need special treatment
  • President of the National Autoparts Industry ( Óscar Albín urged President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to declare the automotive industry as an essential one in order to guarantee its reopening on May 13 th

May , 7 2020 - 8:37pm CDT

  • Mexico City’s authorities informed that they are planning a gradual return to general activities on June 1 st, its expected that detailed plan is released early next week
  • Business private initiative urged President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to set up an Economic Emergency Council to attend COVID 19 economic crisis, and a meeting to discuss this issue will take place in the next days
  • Government announced that 110 indigenous radio stations had started a new initiative to translate 2,200 messages into over 60 native languages so that indigenous communities are informed about COVID 19 and prevent its spread during the health emergency

May 6, 2020 - 8:56pm CDT

  • Health Ministry announced that the next days will be the peak of infections in the country, yesterday Mexico recorded its highest number of deaths so far in a 24 hour period with a total of 236.
  • In order to prevent COVID 19 contagions inside the Central de Abasto the largest market in Mexico City authorities sanitized its 246 hectares, this will be done on daily basis In recent days, the market set up 52 checkpoints throughout the facility, as well as doctors and a laboratory Markets in Mexico City have become hotspots for the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Trade indicators showed decrease on the transactions between US and Mexico by 1 9 during first trimester due COVID 19 crisis, it is expected a total drop of 30 by the end of the second semester

May 5, 2020 - 10:48pm CDT

  • According to Dr Hugo López Gatell Mexico’s COVID 19 czar, the country has flattened the COVID 19 curve now that it has registered the doubling of novel coronavirus cases every six days However, he emphasized that this doesn’t mean there are no more positive cases, but that the spread of the virus has slowed down
  • The first shipment of ventilators from the U S arrived in Toluca this morning The equipment will be used for patients with serious COVID 19 cases
  • Analyst expect a 14 drop in Mexican economy on the second trimester, they also foreseen that economy will not start its recovery until 2021 closing 2020 with a total of 7 drop

May 4, 2020 - 9:22pm CDT

  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Deputy Health Minister Dr Hugo López Gatell said authorities expect the COVID 19 pandemic to reach its peak in Mexico City and the metropolitan area this week. Meanwhile the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Monterrey, Nuevo León, have been able to contain the public health crisis
  • Zoé Robledo, the head of the IMSS, announced Los Pinos cultural center, the former presidential residence, will shelter healthcare workers at the frontline in the fight against COVID 19 Some of the doctors are afraid to return to their homes since they could infect their families with COVID 19
  • Results of the first three months of the year shows that Public Health Sector spend 61 above budget due COVID 19 emergency

May 3, 2020 - 8:46pm CDT

  • Celebrated Labor Day in Mexico on Friday, May 1st, 2020
  • Mexico’s economic activity dropped 1 6 in the first quarter compared to the final three months of 2019, plunging the country deeper into a recession that predated the pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by INEGI, the government statistical agency
  • Federal government has confirmed today that all municipalities with no COVID 19 cases will slowly return to normal activities on May 17th.
  • Mechatronics Engineering students of the University of Monterrey ( in Nuevo León, Mexico, have designed AMBUDEM 2020 a ventilator that works without electricity in patients with mild COVID 19 cases.

April 28, 2020 - 8:00pm CDT

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Mexican Business Council (CMN) are launching a credit program for 30,000 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (Mipymes). The IDB and the CMN are asking national and international investors to join the initiative.
  • María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, head of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) announced that by May 15, CONACYT will finish assembling 700 ventilators that will be installed in hospitals with COVID-19 patients.
  • Ford announced that it will transform its production line at its Chihuahua plant to produce 100,000 face shields that will be donated to healthcare workers throughout the country, this personal protective equipment will be destined for doctors who work directly with patients with coronavirus to protect them from infections

April 27, 2020 - 8:41pm CDT

  • The Mexican government announced 11 austerity measures to mitigate the effects of COVID 19 and the drop on oil prices. The most remarkable ones are:
    • The government will postpone its expenses, except priority welfare programs that benefit the elderly, the disabled, farmers, students, children, as well as programs to build public universities, banks, the new airport in Mexico City, an oil refinery, rural roads, the Maya Train, among other projects and programs
    • Finance Ministry will be able to use the necessary resources to cover payrolls, pensions, and public debt
    • Health Ministry, the National Guard, and the Defense and Navy Corps can use resources from Trusts created by the Executive Branch
    • Federal Government will grant 3 million credits for the poor and middle class and create 2 million jobs The President vowed not to increase gas prices, create new taxes, or acquire more debts
  • Metropolitan area (Mexico City State of Mexico) will partially close down the public transport system in a new effort to contain virus, in addition car drivers must follow a strict calendar forcing each car to stop once a week

April 26, 2020 - 11:26am CDT

  • A group of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has forecasted, through two epidemiological models, that the number of COVID-19 infections in Mexico will reach its peak during the last week of April. The Sentinel surveillance system used by Mexico's Health Ministry calculates the highest peak will take place in the first two weeks of May.
  • A multidisciplinary group of experts from the Hermosillo Technological Center (CTH) and the State University of Sonora (UES) developed an Automatic Machine for Artificial Breathing (MARA) that is able to attend six patients at the same time.

April 23, 2020 - 4:43pm CDT

  • The Mexican government announced 11 austerity measures to mitigate the effects of COVID 19 and the drop on oil prices. The most remarkable ones are:
    • The government will postpone its expenses, except priority welfare programs that benefit the elderly, the disabled, farmers, students, children, as well as programs to build public universities, banks, the new airport in Mexico City, an oil refinery, rural roads, the Maya Train, among other projects and programs
    • Finance Ministry will be able to use the necessary resources to cover payrolls, pensions, and public debt
    • Health Ministry, the National Guard, and the Defense and Navy Corps can use resources from Trusts created by the Executive Branch
    • Federal Government will grant 3 million credits for the poor and middle class and create 2 million jobs The President vowed not to increase gas prices, create new taxes, or acquire more debts
  • Metropolitan area (Mexico City State of Mexico) will partially close down the public transport system in a new effort to contain virus, in addition car drivers must follow a strict calendar forcing each car to stop once a week

April 20, 2020 - 9:28pm CDT

  • USA and Mexico announced restrictions at the border for non-essential transit will be extended for 30 more days up to May 30th, legal trade still with no restriction
  • Jalisco State Governor announced mandatory quarantine as from today, and only essential activities will be allowed for the next 15 days as an effort to contain COVID 19
  • Health Ministry announced that over one thousand municipalities in Mexico (out of 2464 less than 50 will return to normal activities in two weeks since no case have been reported so far

April 16, 2020 - 9:12pm CDT

  • Amid the COVID 19 pandemic and since the country will likely enter the third phase of its contingency plan soon, the Navy Ministry is working on producing personal protective equipment for the navy personnel who will treat patients infected with COVID 19 Through its factory, the SEMAR will produce face masks, proximity suits, bedding, pajamas, surgical gowns among other equipment.
  • One of Mexico City’s largest Convention Centers (Centro Banamex) has been enabled as a COVID 19 hospital with the help of Carlos Slim’s foundation, adding 3000 beds in order to the intensive care centers.

April 15, 2020 - 7:29pm CDT

  • Mexico City will be patrolled by the Army due to prevention protocols within police actives
  • Mexico’s Health Ministry announced that they expect Phase 3 in the next weeks and that the peak of the curve will occur in June

April 8, 2020 - 10:10pm CDT

  • Amid the health emergency sparked by COVID-19, the Federal Government has reached an agreement with private hospitals so that these are turned into special units to treat coronavirus patients. At least 146 private hospitals will join the initiative.
  • Last night, a humanitarian flight carrying 10 tons of medical supplies and equipment to fight COVID-19 arrived Mexico, all the way from Shangai. The flight was operated by Mexican airline Aeromexico. Mexico will receive supplies two to three times a week in the incoming weeks. According to Dr. Hugo López – Gatell, all these supplies will allow the country to fulfill 100% of the equipment required to protect health workers amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Federal government published on the official gazette an agreement specifying the essential activities that are the responsibility of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Fleet services and general cargo transportation, supply chain, regular port activities and related services are included.

April 7, 2020 - 9:10pm CDT

  • In the midst of criticism after the announcement of his National contingency plan, the Federal Government has announced the creation of the National Contingency center, which will start operating once the crisis enters into phase number 3.
  • Three of the most important infrastructure projects in this administration will continue despite the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Any company with valid contracts with any of these government projects should maintain their activities exclusively to honor these contracts
  • After President Lopez Obrador announced the economic plan to fight Coronavirus effects on Mexican economy markets did not react as expected due to lack of tax incentives for small-medium businesses.

April 6, 2021 - 8:31pm CDT

Amid the economic crisis caused by COVID 19 and the collapse of oil prices, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador unveiled an economic recovery plan focusing on public investment and social spending in favor of the poorest. During a state of the union address on Sunday, López Obrador said the economic crisis is transitory and that
economic recovery will depend on social and economic development. His Economic Plan includes:

  • The creation of 2 million jobs in 9 months
  • Personal credits and mortgages
  • Maintain the stimulus on gas prices
  • The immediate reimbursement of VAT to taxpayers
  • Projects such as the Maya Train, the Santa Lucía airport and the Dos Bocas refinery will carry on
  • The President and other high ranking officials will take pay cuts

April 3, 2021 - 12:41pm CDT

  • National Electoral Institute announced that Local Governor elections will be suspended due coronavirus crisis
  • National Health Ministry launched a national announcement to all the doctors and nurses of the country to
    join the force that will be fighting COVID 19
  • National Finance Ministry downgraded its expectation for Mexico growth in 2020 from 0.1% to -3.9%

April 2, 2021 - 4/2/2020 CDT

  • TMH Consulting Investment Group released a Report today warning that 39 of Mexican companies will
    reduce their workforce in April and May due to COVID 19 crisis.
  • Current volumes are stable, however, we are expecting volumes to drop beginning next week. 

4/1/2020

  • The Mexican government has no plans to restrict international travel to the country or close its borders.
  • No disruptions within operations have been reported so far.

3/29/2020

Mexico’s federal government announced that all non-essential activities will be suspended beginning March 26. Essential businesses remaining open include hospitals, gas stations, the electricity company, and the police department.

Port and airport operations nationwide remain stable and without disruption. GEODIS Mexico has implemented protocols to keep its teammates safe in the workplace. 

Peru

May 13, 2020 - 7:12pm CDT

GEODIS Peru Update:

  • Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra extend the quarenteen period until May 24th.
  • Over the weekend and Monday, the goverment kept issuing sanitary parameters for all activated industries which after a quick evaluation, the implemenattion will represent investment from all industries including International Logistics.

May 11, 2020 - 9:03pm CDT

  • Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra extend the quarenteen period until May 24th.
  • Since Monday, May 11, the mandatory social immobilization in almost the entire country, which was from 6:00p.m., will now be from 8:00 p.m. until 4 a.m. However, this measure will not apply in the Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Loreto regions, where the 4 p.m. restriction schedule is maintained. at 4 a.m.
  • Next week, some sectors of the economy will also begin to work progressively, among which is the home delivery of food and pick up in stores, provided that the establishments (restaurants) follow the sanitary protocols established by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
  • Similarly, the head of state announced that from Monday, May 18, minors under 14 years of age will be allowed to leave from noon to 6:00 pm, accompanied by an adult for a maximum of half an hour, and without leaving more than 500 meters from your residence.
  • Vizcarra specified that minors must wear a mask and cannot attend places such as parks and children's games, in order to avoid contagion of coronavirus.

May 6, 2020 - 8:58pm CDT

  • New jumps over the weekend but at the same time showing volatility day by day
  • Peruvian government issue on Saturday night the Supreme Decree 080-2020 which enable the re-activation of sectors. All sectors will need to present their sanitation plan directly to the Health Ministry for approval and it will be audited without notice during the rest of 2020.
    • This reactivation will happen in 04 stages: 01 stage per month, during May these are the following industries: Mining & Industrial – Construction – Services & Tourism – Commerce (E-commerce).

May 5, 2020 - 10:50pm CDT

  • New jumps over the weekend but at the same time showing volatility day by day
  • Peruvian government issue on Saturday night the Supreme Decree 080-2020 which enable the re-activation of sectors. All sectors will need to present their sanitation plan directly to the Health Ministry for approval and it will be audited without notice during the rest of 2020.
    • This reactivation will happen in 04 stages: 01 stage per month, during May these are the following industries: Mining & Industrial – Construction – Services & Tourism – Commerce (E-commerce).

May 3, 2020 - 8:49pm CDT

  • New jump on the COVID cases around 9% increase.
  • So far, no lockdown announcement for this weekend.
  • 8% of COVID is female population and 62.2% men.
  • Government-approved 25% amount for collection on the retirement fund. There is a minimum of 4,300 PEMN ( 1,250 Eur) and a maximum of 12,900 PEN (3,500 Eur), and for the ones with not sufficient reserves below the minimum amount, will be able to collect 100% of the reserve.

April 29, 2020 - 7:18pm CDT

  • New jump on the COVID cases around 14 % increase.
  • A lot of noice on the streets that the goverment will shut down completely this weekend starting on Friday to avoid more expansion of the virus.
  • Popular markets will be monitor for additional contaiment measures due to the fact this is considered the main reason for the expansion.

April 28, 2020 - 8:02pm CDT

  • High increase in positive cases shown during the weekend 17% more in comparison with Friday results.
  • à President didn’t provide a national message to the people due to an emergency meeting with their Chief Staff to determine more restrictions or measures to ensure containment of the virus.

April 26, 2020 - 11:27am CDT

  • REACTIVA PERU: The Reactiva Peru program consists of financial institutions granting loans on preferential terms to companies, especially SMEs, with funds provided by the Central Reserve Bank (S / 30,000 million) and with guarantees from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
  • Reactiva PERU already applies for GEODIS PERU, and after the first evaluation, we will be able to obtain 4.3million Peruvian soles = 1.172 m Eur as working capital to ensure payroll and direct/indirect expenses.
  • Before we come to a conclusion quarantine period, the Peruvian Government extended this period until May 10th. So there are an additional 15 days on this phase.
  • There are still speculations on which industries will start after the quarantine period. So far, we are talking about restaurants for delivery, textile factories, cleaning companies.

April 21, 2020 - 7:51pm CDT

  • Peruvian Government will allow since today the Perfect Suspension of Labor in companies that belong to Restaurants, entertainment, sports, and related companies.

April 20, 2020 - 9:29pm CDT

  • May will be the month was the President expect a slow reactivation of the economy. Many sectors will be activated with a direct impact on the first necessary product and services.

April 15, 2020 - 7:31pm CDT

  • 03 Stages that are considered by the Government on how we will manage COVID-19 situation:
    • Stage 01: Duration 03 months – Containment Stage – present day.
    • Stage 02: Will conditioning progressively the different market sectors and businesses until the end of 2020.
    • Stage 03: Will start on Q1 -2021. We expect to have the vaccines and immunization process to fight the virus.

April 14, 2020 - 7:37pm CDT

  • Peruvian Government stated that social gatherings would be prohibited for the rest of 2020.

April 6, 2021 - 8:44pm CDT

  • During the Holy Week Holidays on Thursday and Friday, the Government stated everyone is to be in the house with no possibility to go out during these two days.

April 3, 2021 - 6:42pm CDT

  • As of today, the new decree stated that men would be able to be out of their homes to buy food, medicine, or else Mon-Wed – Fri and woman Tue-Thur-Saturday on Sunday nobody will be able to exit their homes.
  • Only allowed industries female and male personnel will be able to exit daily.

April 2, 2021 - 12:50pm CDT

  • The President extended 13 days more of quarantine starting on April 01st to keep avoiding the spread of CIOVID-19.
  • Three projects that are being analyzed by the Peruvian Government:
    1. Suspension of payments of financial obligations and tax obligations for a period of 90 days
    2. Suspension of payment of labor obligations for a period of 90 days
    3. Disposal of 5% of the AFP fund of each person
  • Chinese Ambassador confirms the donation of 30 thousand molecular tests.

 

April 1, 2021 - 6:55pm CDT

GEODIS Peru Update:

No updates today

 

March 31, 2021 - 1:27pm CDT

GEODIS Peru Update:

  • 95% of staff are working remotely, with 5% in the office practicing social distancing and enhanced health and safety protocols. 
  • Noticing an increase in requests for temporary open space.
  • Rise in masks and gloves shipments and shipment quote requests.


 

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