While shipping from Thailand to China is normally a relatively straight forward process, recent events surrounding the outbreak of the coronavirus in both of these countries has added another layer of complexity and delay between many of the ports.

During times like these, it is even more important than ever to work with a logistics specialist that you can trust and who can provide you with the most up to date information before your goods are shipped. 

Here are a few recently published items that may affect those of you shipping between these two countries:

China 

  • In some Chinese ports Customs officials are boarding merchant ships to take the temperature of all crew members before the ship is allowed to berth.
  • Crew substitutions are limited, causing occasional shortages and delays.
  • Loading and unloading of ships is delayed due to a shortage of dock personnel.
  • Transport of goods into the loading areas has been delayed in some cases due to restrictions requiring all trucks entering some port areas to be locally licensed.
  • Ship repairs have been delayed as access is restricted in certain ports.

Thailand  

  • Ships coming from China must report the temperature of all crew members every day for 7 days before the ship arrives in Thai waters.
  • Intensive screening by the Harbor Master will occur for all crew members upon arrival. If any crew members are believed to be infected with the coronavirus, the ship will be quarantined for 14 days. 

For those businesses that are moving goods between these and other affected countries, the best advice is to work closely with your freight forwarder to identify any potential problems and delays before they happen, not after the situation has already been engaged. 

Working with your suppliers and customers to understand the reality of the logistics situation is the best practice while this problem exists. If your shipments are delayed to a customer, many times the responsible government authority will be willing to offer a force majeure certificate if needed. 

For many types of cargo, a health certificate may be required. If this is the case for you, it will be important to be working closely with your freight forwarder to make sure that all documentation is in order and reflects the latest requirements that are currently in a constant state of flux due to the dynamic characteristics of this pandemic. 

As an experienced logistics supplier, Eagles Air & Sea have the people who can help you work through these difficult times with a minimum of delay and cost. Many of our Eagles staff and management team were here when we navigated the SARS epidemic several years ago. At Eagles, we have personal relationships with our freight forwarding partners at the ports of call in China and are able to maintain daily dialogue with our logistics partners in this part of the world. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding shipping to China from Thailand, we can be contacted by phone at +66 (02) 790 4599 or via email at sales@eaglesthai.com.