A Word From GPLN: Newsletters Issue 85 / March-April 2022
First of all, good news for travellers to Rotterdam! People travelling to the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen, the obligation to have a test, recovery or vaccination certificate has ended on March 23, 2022. Travellers from other countries can also enter the Netherlands if they have a valid proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. Furthermore, the Netherlands has dropped its remaining domestic COVID-19 restrictions since March 23, 2022.
GPLN is happy to announce that by end of April over 140 GPLN delegates have already registered for the Annual General Meeting which will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam from May 20-22, 2022. Our technical course which is taking place on May 20 right after the Breakbulk event is also going ahead with over 20 attendees.
Considering the ongoing Covid situation this is a great outcome and proves once more that our projects network has the highest annual conference attendance in this industry which is thanks to the professionality and commitment of our GPLN members all over the globe.
The tragic war in the Ukraine has badly affected the Antonov Airport in Hostomel near Kyiv and the world’s largest aircraft, An-225 Mriya, has been destroyed during a Russian attack. This is a huge loss to the aviation and heavy lift industry. Besides potential damage to the aircraft on the ground, future maintenance of Antonov’s fleet could be in jeopardy as its main facility for this work is located in Kyiv. Airfreight is feeling immediate effects of the conflict. Airspace closures are disrupting connections between Asia and Europe.
On the shipping side, lines have withdrawn from Russia such as Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, and ONE among the carriers suspending bookings to and from the country to varying degrees.
China’s zero-covid strategy has seen major cities lockdown in response to a surge in cases. Shanghai and Xi’an have implemented lockdown measures, while the port city of Shenzhen started also a full lockdown. Last year, a covid outbreak at Shenzhen’s Yantian port sent shockwaves through the supply chain. This time round, ports and terminals are said to be operating normally but with land-side logistics impacted there are bound to be implications for global trade.
The situation will worsen delays and create bottlenecks, adding further pressure to an already tense supply chain. Hopes that this year would see a stabilisation of rates, an opportunity for forward planning, or even a return to something close to normal are quickly dissipating. As it stands now, 2022 has shaped up to be another difficult year for the supply chain.
As announced earlier, the GPLN team is exhibiting together with 12 GPLN member companies at Breakbulk Europe at a spacious GPLN booth in Hall 1 and we are looking forward to welcome visitors at our stand #1A20 from May 17-19, 2022 at Rotterdam Ahoy convention centre in Rotterdam.
Safe travel and stay healthy!
Your GPLN team