Coronavirus in China Affects Global Logistics Business

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The Chinese authorities have introduced different measures on national, provincial and city level to cope with the corona virus outbreak. Recently, the State Council announced that the Lunar New Year holiday, which originally was scheduled to end on 30 January, was extended to 2 February. Additional announcements from several provincial and city governments followed, mandating that companies shall not resume operations immediately, but keep offices closed for longer. Please refer to the provided branch overview for specific re-opening dates of all DSV China offices.

Until offices re-open, DSV China will implement an “on-duty” schedule for our staff in line with government regulations. DSV is strongly committed to the safety of its employees while working to mitigate any potential impact on the supply chains and operations of our customers. To this end, we have established several preventive actions to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees, now and upon their return from the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Air Freight To & From China 

Multiple airlines have suspended or reduced flights into mainland China due to the deadly strain of the coronavirus, which has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. Such an unprecedented response will have a significant impact on global supply chains, leading to disruptions in all modalities and regions of the world in the coming weeks.

How will this impact my airfreight shipments?

Due to suspension of flights, airfreight into China has been majorly disrupted until further notice from government officials. Once normal flights resume and ports reopen, delays are to be expected due to Customs, inland, and terminal congestion.

The nature of global rotation of flight schedules means that the closure of China will have a ripple effect on all airfreight shipments around the world. 


  • Airline XYZ starts their rotation in the United States by collecting high-end pharmaceuticals for the European market
  • Airline XYZ then unloads the pharmaceuticals and collects milk powder for the Chinese market
  • Airline XYZ can no longer fly the milk powder into China due to port closures
  • As a result, airplanes are stranded in Europe and rotations are halted, disrupting business in the American and European regions


What is DSV doing to manage the situation?

Our Air & Sea division is constantly monitoring the situation and working to secure its allocations with airlines to ensure your shipment gets priority. 

DSV has a charter network of freight aircrafts. In addition to the routes serviced by our charter network, we are structuring several scenarios using these airplanes to create additional uplift and bridge the capacity needs once the Chinese ports are open for business.

For any information specific to your cargo, contact your local DSV representative.

At this stage, it is likely that further government instructions will be released to contain the quickly evolving situation. DSV China has therefore implemented a Business Continuity Planning (BCP) committee that will frequently update our customers on new regulations and government guidelines, which may affect our operations and processes. We aim to swiftly advise you on the impact of these regulations and offer contingency measures to the extent possible.