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Dear Valued Customers,

Due to the widespread Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, QUALITAIR&SEA is working with its partners and closely monitoring the authorities' information to offer you immediate solutions in case of urgent need.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 17, 2020

France imposes lockdown as EU calls for 30-day travel ban:

QUALITAIR&SEA is complying with the French Government's directives and is adapting its work set-up both to protect its employees in an approach that is in the general interest.

In the event of more substantial disruptions, we will adjust our operational set-up. We will, of course, keep you informed of any developments in the situation.

QUALITAIR&SEA wants to reassure you that the health and safety of teams and our clients are our top priority – which is why we want to give you an insight into the daily steps we take, as well as the additional steps we are taking, to be extra vigilant amid growing concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click on the link below to know more about the French state's measures to control the spread of the COVID-19

(Order of March 15, 2020)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 12, 2020

USA–EU: Travel ban from Europe for 30 days

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease, described now as a pandemic by WHO, US President Donald Trump took a new measure in order to halt the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the country.

Donald Trump announced in a televised speech on 11 March 2020, the closure of the US borders, for thirty days, to travelers from European countries of the Schengen area.

This restriction does not apply the United Kingdom.

This new rule will come into force on Friday at midnight on Washington time (5am Saturday GMT)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 05, 2020

The virus is now spreading and cases are confirmed in other parts of Asia, Europe, and North America:

In December 2019, authorities in the province of Wuhan (Hubei) announced a cluster of cases of pneumonia associated with the Huanan Seafood Market. Initially called 2019-nCoV, the virus was renamed SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2), and its disease COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).

The virus is now spreading across China and cases were confirmed in other parts of Asia, Europe and North America.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in January 2020 as a world-wide outbreak may potentially occur.

Our preventive and protective measures against the new coronavirus:

COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries.

Due to the widespread COVID-19 epidemic, be assured that QUALITAIR&SEA is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus situation and following the Public Health authority and the World Health Organisation advice. 

Please find below our Health and Safety guidelines :

As part of our Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) approach implemented in 2013, please find our Health and Safety guidelines to prevent our workplace exposure, as well as maintaining our best level of service :

  • A Coronavirus dedicated group to implement adapted actions without delay has been set-up
  • Health and Safety guidelines from the World Health Organisation and Preventive checks in our offices have been carried out
  • QUALITAIR&SEA is regularly updating staff on the situation and on Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading
  • Posters on necessary precautions to take are placed in our work areas
  • A Business Continuity Plans on remote operations management has been set-up including the establishment, depending on the level of urgency, of alternating teams
  • Postponement of travels in affected areas
  • Reduction of meetings and business trips

Our priority is to guarantee the Health and Safety of our employees and to limit the impact on our customers supply chain.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
February 25, 2020

Lack of space on board ships and freight rates:

  • Quarantine procedures imposed in China due to the Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) continue to impact both import and export shipments.
  • Due to the “blank sailing” (cancellation of stopovers) recorded on import in February in Asia, an impact on sea freight capacities has already been announced for the coming weeks from Europe
  • On the Asia and Middle East trade, shipping companies send us their departure schedules daily, including the available spaces on the next ships. Unfortunately, the lack of space is confirmed, and some companies no longer accept bookings for the moment.
  • At the same time, the companies are announcing significant PSS ("Peak Season Surcharge") and / or GRI ("General Rate Increase").

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update February 02, 2020

Here are the latest updates and consequences for international transport and logistics:

Chinese holiday extensions:

  • The Chinese government has announced that all of the offices are not expected to resume work until February 10, 2020, and the province of Wuhan (Hubei) on February 17, 2020.
  • The situation is constantly changing and varies from region to region in China. Some of our agents have already made their arrangements and their staff can be reached, and go to customs when necessary.
  • We inform you that there may be delays, additional costs and alternative solutions due to the limited capacity of the airlines.

Suspension of sea freight:

  • Many carriers are announcing new blank sailing during this period.
  • Due to the decline in ships and airlines willing to travel between China and Europe, the trend in freight prices is increasing.

Freight operations suspended at Wuhan port:

Until further notice due to local quarantine restrictions.

Suspension of air carrier routes:

A number of airlines have temporarily restricted or canceled flights due to a lack of passengers to and from China, with serious consequences for various supply chains that include air cargo:

  • Air France-KLM: Extends the suspension of its flights to China until March 15, 2020 (the resumption of Air France flights from/to Wuhan is also scheduled for March 29, 2020).
  • Cathay Pacific: 50% of flights to/from and within China have been canceled until further notice.
  • Air Bridge: Flights to/from other destinations, including Chengdu, Chongqing, and other cities, have been canceled.
  • Air China: All passenger flights to/from China are suspended until March 28. The next freight service from Dallas to Beijing is tentatively scheduled for February 10 (pending space requests).
  • Asiana: All flights to Guilin, Changshan, and Haikou on February 1
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon: Significant temporary reduction in capacity across the network over the next two months, including all flights to Wuhan. No passenger flights to/from Guangzhou between February 5 and February 29. The cargo schedule remains largely intact for the time being.
  • Cargolux: Flights from/to Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Xiamen, and Hong Kong. All flights to Luxembourg from JFK until February 6.
  • China Airlines: No reservations accepted before February 12. Flights to/from China and Hong Kong suspended until March.
  • South China: No reservations accepted until further notice.
  • Emirates: Cancellations of passenger and cargo flights to Guangzhou and Shanghai. A freighter scheduled for February 9 from Chicago to Dubai and Shanghai, cancellations from February 5 for flights to Guangzhou and Shanghai.
  • Eva Air: Partial cancellations from February 2 until further notice.
  • Hong Kong Airlines: All flights between China and Hong Kong until March.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: Direct flights from/to Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xiamen. From February 2 to February 9, suspension of direct flights to/from China. Weekly flights to/from Shanghai increased from 11 to 7.
  • Lufthansa Group: All flights from/to Beijing and Shanghai until February 28.
  • Qatar Airways: All passenger flights to/from mainland China until further notice. Freighters to/from the region remain on schedule until further notice.

For further information, please contact your usual representative at QUALITAIR&SEA. We are working continuously to provide you with alternative solutions and update you on your service needs.

We thank you for your confidence.



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