India Announces “Curfew-Like” Shutdown In Response To COVID-19

Posted on Mar 24

Our partners in India advise that the Indian Government has imposed a curfew-like lock-down of the entire country starting at midnight today and lasting for 21 days in an effort to avert the further spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

Prime Minister Modi announced that Government services involving law enforcement, municipal administration, supply of essential commodities, medical and emergency services as well as restricted banking and media services will be allowed during the 21 day period, while everything else without exceptions will be prohibited.

No official notifications about freight related services have been issued yet, but our partners expect that Air & Ocean Terminals, Customs, Carriers and Road & Rail Transport agencies are going to close down all commercial functions for the next 3 weeks, which would of course lead to an unprecedented situation for import and export activities to and from India that would come to a complete halt.

As everywhere else companies will shift to remote work as much as possible but it seems as if this shutdown will include actual cargo movements that still are mostly unaffected in other countries.

We will monitor this situation closely and will provide updates here and on our website as soon as they become available.