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Transatlantic Support Update – March 16, 2020

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The United States has suspended entry until at least April 13 for any resident of Schengen Area countries, the U.K., and Ireland, including people who have visited these countries in the last 14 days. This travel ban comes in addition to the bans in place for China and Iran. Other countries around the world are also issuing travel bans, making the situation dynamic and constantly changing. 

The travel bans will cause a dramatic reduction of scheduled passenger flights once repatriation of US citizens is complete. Almost half of US and Europe trade is transported through air freight, of which over 60% is in the belly of passenger flights. Airlines will begin parking aircrafts in the very near future, disrupting global supply chains to an extent never seen before.
 
As a result, transatlantic air freight supply and demand will drastically change.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation and update our customers, and in the meantime, we have two options that may alleviate some of the pain caused by the bans. 

  • Freighter service – we may be able to schedule your freight on our Charter Network or on a scheduled cargo airline.
  • Passenger aircraft – we could find space on an airline whose network is linked to countries from which travel is allowed.  

Our charter network runs four times per week, has temperature controlled service via GDP, and is capable of handling oversize freight. We offer Block Space Agreement (BSA) or Spot Quotes based on available capacity.

Please reach out to your DSV representative to see what solutions we may have for your business.