Coronavirus Update - April 29

Posted on April 29, 2020

Allyn International is committed to providing you with the latest and most accurate updates during this very fluid and ever-changing period. Our goal with the information provided below, is to give you, at a high-level, a current overview of the most heavily impacted regions.  

The French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe announced a reopening strategy. His speech to parliament yesterday included plans to reopen shops beginning next week. One of the first steps to normalization. Spain, Greece and several other European nations made similar announcements and plan to reopen portions of their economies beginning next week.  


  • Texas plans to reopen stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls on Friday; the most expansive move toward reopening than any other US state.
  • Ohio’s staged approach to reopening will allow manufacturing work to resume next week.
  • US European trade lane air freight costs, although high, have stabilized.
  • Brazil and Ecuador have emerged as the Latin American coronavirus epicenters now that testing and tracking have increased.

United States – 1,015,289 confirmed cases, 115,955 (11%) recovered, 58,529 deaths


  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that lockdown measures will continue for the foreseeable future. The government will reassess the lockdown on May 7.
  • Italy has released a timetable for reopening beginning next month.
  • May 1 European holiday may cause pick-up, delivery, customs and transport delays throughout the region.
  • South Africa announced non-essential cargo can be moved from ports/airports to storage facilities. Once lockdown measures are lifted, the cargo can move on to its final destination.

Spain – 236,899 confirmed cases, 132,929 (56%) recovered, 24,275 deaths.

Italy – 201,505 confirmed cases, 68,941 (34%) recovered, 27,359 deaths.

France – 169,053 confirmed cases, 47,775 (28%) recovered, 23,694 deaths.

United Kingdom – 162,350 confirmed cases, 813 (.5%) recovered, 21,745 deaths.

Germany – 160,479 confirmed cases, 120,400 (75%) recovered, 6,374 deaths.

Iran – 93,657 confirmed cases, 73,791 (79%) recovered, 5,957 deaths 


  • Bangladesh announced that operations at garment factories can resume production. 1,800 of the country’s 7,620 garment and textile factories have now reopened.
  • Cross-city cargo movements into and out of the Indonesian city of Bandung is restricted; cargo is permitted to move within city limits.
  • Trucking within India is very limited due to driver availability and road restrictions. Essential cargo movement is permitted however Kolkata/Nepal corridor is currently closed. Rail options are available.

China – 83,940 confirmed cases, 78,455 (93%) recovered, 4,637 deaths.

The following tables and charts will provide the current cargo transport operational status for heavily affected countries. 

Global Air Cargo Transport – Updated 4.29.2020 

Please note: the above table displays airport operational updates and does not include carrier capacity data.

*Aircraft from mainland China or South Korea will be limited to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Kansai (KIX) international airports. Restrictions apply until at least the end of April.
** Atlanta and New York City airports are operational for cargo, but staffing reductions are impacting efficiency. No freighters are flying in Denver as a result of state government restrictions. Los Angeles operating with restricted operations, cargo movement impacted.  
*** Restricted operations in India are impacting cargo flights; freighters are operating with reduced capacity.  Customs of non-essential goods have resumed subject to availability of Custom’s officers.  

Global Air Freight Capacity by Trade Lane – Updated 04.29.2020 

  • Munich Airport said that Qatar Airways is operating 11 cargo flights per week, Lufthansa Cargo is operating daily flights to Shanghai and Beijing and Uzbekistan Airways has now begun a twice weekly charter operation.
  • Capacity remains low, especially for long haul and India destinations.


Global Ocean Transport Impact – Updated 04.29.2020 

  • Some carriers have announced a “Equipment Imbalance” surcharge for areas where shortages are acute.

Please note: The above table displays seaport operational updates and does not include carrier capacity data 

Global Ocean Container Average Price by Trade Lane – Baltic Index – Updated 04.24.2020 

*Source: Freightos Baltic Index

Global Road and Rail Transport – Updated 04.29.2020 

Please note: The table above displays road and rail operational updates and does not include carrier capacity data.

United States of America Domestic Trucking Overview – Updated 04.29.2020 

Load volumes in the truck spot market were higher in week 16 than in the week prior. Experts believe that is a sign the domestic freight industry is poised to begin recovering as lockdowns begin to ease. Refrigerated and specialized loads saw significant increases in load availability.  

  • Restrictions exist on cargo movement between cities and regions in California. It is important to verify with pick-up and delivery locations regarding possible regional restrictions.
  • Rates within most US markets are declining to normal or below normal levels however areas that may see an increase are:
    • Loads with an origin of South Dakota.

The map below shows each US state’s current operational status. 

Our operations and consulting teams are working diligently and will continue to offer alternative solutions to move your cargo in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. All Allyn International regional offices are fully operational and will continue to support you as we navigate the current and future challenges. 

If you have any questions regarding the impact of the coronavirus to your supply chain or would like additional research and market intelligence, please contact our Americas Consulting and Sourcing manager Mitchell Turiel at or (239) 219-7179.