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FREIGHT BUSINESS JOURNAL ISSUE 2 2020


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Ireland 16-page supplement


NEWS


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China were slowly getting back to normal aſt er the corona virus outbreak in the country. However, volumes remain depressed and services have been dislocated by the outbreak. Davies Turner head of supply


chain services, Tony Cole said: “For China rail, FCL space remains extremely tight in view of the fact we understand there remains no service ex-Wuhan and Yiwu and only 50% of the usual services are running from


Zhengzhou. “ However, the forwarder’s


Express China Rail consolidation service was ready to depart on 13 March as originally intended and Davies Turner is now planning cargo for its next consol departure on 20 March. All Davies Turner’s regular


ocean consol and FCL services have resumed from main China ports and are running as expected “and we are hearing far


fewer instances


trucking restrictions prohibiting collection of cargo”. Cole added that market volumes are gradually


turnaround times, increase capacity with a new double-deck linkspan and further improve safety with a one-way traffi c system.


increasing to an estimated 60-70% of the expected levels dependant on port of loading but it is apparent that the production at many factories is not yet back to normal output. This may be because not all factory workers have returned yet, delays in deliveries of


raw materials or


possibly both. However, said Cole: “We


are confi dent the market will eventually bounce back and Davies Turner is in a good position to continue to off er our range of services to importers.” Davies Turner’s Air Cargo


of any


(DTAC) arm reported that reduced passenger demand from mainland China had led to capacity cuts and freight was moving on a case by case basis rather than the usual pre-booked


or block space agreement system. However, volumes are gradually increasing in line with industry reopening with, on 10 March, 46% of factories open, up from 33% at the beginning of March. From


Hong Kong


consolidation and pre-booked space is being honoured but “anything outside of the p r e-boo k ed allocation is critical with


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