Major Disruption in China – Coronavirus

*UPDATE

China closed for business to at least 10 February

The central government in China had advised that all businesses in mainland China except the Tianjin area, (the port city for Beijing) are to remain closed until 10 February.

As you may have heard the Chinese government have issued a instruction on the extension to Chinese New Year to avoid the movement of people to prevent the virus spreading. This is compulsory and so we would expect strict compliance from factories, especially as factory workers are likely to have gone home for New Year and will now be stranded there, hundreds or even thousand of miles from their workplace.

As of today 29 January our offices report opening dates as follows by region:

Region/Office LocationExpected Office Work Resumption date
Shanghai10th Feb 2020
Ningbo10th Feb 2020
Suzhou10th Feb 2020
Nanjing10th Feb 2020
WuhanSuspended until further notice
Chongqing3rd Feb 2020
Qingdao3rd Feb 2020
Lianyungang3rd Feb 2020
Zhengzhou3rd Feb 2020
Tianjin3rd Feb 2020
Dalian3rd Feb 2020
Xiamen / Fuzhou10th Feb 2020
Shenzhen10th Feb 2020
Guangzhou10th Feb 2020
Zhongshan10th Feb 2020
Hong Kong29th Jan 2020

Clearly this is a fast moving situation and so these dates may change. Note that the border China – Hong Kong is already closed to commercial traffic.

Airfreight: there is likely to be major disruption, though it looks like there will be little airfreight to send if factories are closed. British Airways have stopped operating flights to China and others will shortly follow. Most airfreight goes on passenger flights.

Our offices in China have well established plans for emergencies and so all necessary staff have on line access will be working from home in order that all bookings made already can be handled without disruption.