Transportation of goods remains a priority for Italians, despite changes to daily life that come with a nationwide lockdown intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Yesterday, Italy announced a national ban on most travel, imposed restrictions on social activity, and urged people to stay home.
News outlets are reporting the restrictions will be in place through April 3rd, but cargo is still moving with some limitations:
- Ports in Italy are not experiencing delays.
- Blank sailings are mostly occurring as a result of Chinese export inactivity.
- Airports are open, but most airlines are reducing their passenger flights, which is impacting some air cargo availability.
- Commercial freighters in and out of Milan (MXP) or Rome (FCO) are maintaining their regular schedules.
- Production for many manufacturing companies continues, and domestic transportation has not been affected.
Deringer’s overseas partners in Italy continue with normal business operations. Transportation workers, whether at a desk or in a warehouse, have government authorization to work. If you have questions regarding specific shipments, please contact the Deringer service center managing your account.