As the coronavirus spreads, so too does the uncertainty that surrounds it. As governments and businesses react to ongoing updates, the situation constantly evolves.
At the time of writing, there have been nearly 140,000 coronavirus cases reported worldwide. It’s been declared as a pandemic and travel restrictions are being imposed, including between the US and 26 countries across Europe. Many businesses are telling employees to work from home and governing bodies have suspended public events and sporting fixtures.
These are the headlines at 2pm on Friday 13th March 2020. As a business that helps people move across the world, the services we offer and the customers we serve are obviously going to be affected. While we’re not in a position to change the headlines, and would urge people to seek advice from their respective governments, we always aim to provide help and guidance where we can.
What is the current state of world travel?
Again, the situation has been constantly evolving and will continue to do so. Travel bans and restrictions are being introduced all over the world, from India to Israel and Norway to Guatemala.
However, it’s important to remember that, while travelling between countries will be restricted, shipping and trade in and out of most countries is set to continue as normal for the time being, albeit with measures and procedures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
One of the most recent, and high profile, developments has been the travel ban imposed by the US government, prohibiting travel by non-US citizen between America and 26 countries within Europe. This came into effect on Friday 13th March at 4am GMT. As things stand, these restrictions don’t include the UK or Ireland. They are also only applicable to people travelling so should not affect cargo shipments. More details available here.
We’re here to help! 30 days’ FREE STORAGE
With offices and hubs across the globe, we are well placed to be able to handle goods to and from most countries. However, in the case of small shipments going between the US and Europe, or anywhere else where travel has been restricted or prohibited, we understand that difficulties are likely to arise when it comes to picking up items at the other end and getting them cleared through customs.
So, for any customers that experience delays in getting from Europe to the US due to these recent travel restrictions, we’re offering up to 30 days of FREE storage for your goods and personal effects. We’ll keep them safe for you during this uncertain time so that you need not worry and can pick them up at a later date. This goes for any shipments that have already been collected as well as new bookings.
As the situation continues to develop, so too will the solutions we provide so be assured that we’ll do all we can to help during these difficult times.
From a business perspective, our offices have remained open across the world. If it becomes necessary over the coming days or weeks for people to work from home, that won’t be a problem. As a global technology company, we have every measure in place to allow each of us to work remotely when necessary. Meanwhile, drivers and delivery professionals are taking all of the necessary precautions as outlined by health authorities.
If you do have any enquiries at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here.
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