Precautions on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Mar. 20, 2020

Posted by Expeditors on Mar 20, 2020 3:34:41 PM

Countries continue to take precautionary measures, including restricting the export of personal protective equipment and implementing containment laws to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Houston Port Authority has resumed operations that were temporarily halted due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19

European Union
The EU Commission announced immediate steps to protect the availability of supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) by requiring that exports of such equipment outside of the European Union must receive an export authorization by the member states. The regulation can be found in multiple languages here

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
The Houston  conducted a thorough investigation regarding its employee who worked at both Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals; that employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). It is reported that the Port Authority implemented the necessary safeguarding steps and resumed full operations as of March 20, 2020. 

Miami, Florida, U.S.A
Two PortMiami terminals scheduled temporary closures due to low import container volume. 

Effective March 18, the Jordanian government implemented the following measures for the next two weeks, including:

  • Suspending work hours for public and private institutions, except those in health and other vital sectors (logistics);
  • Preventing movement between governorates;
  • Suspending public transportation and publication of newspapers; and
  • Asking people not to leave their homes unless confronted by an urgent emergency.

The overall situation remains very fluid. Contact your local Expeditors representative for more information and operational assistance.

Topics: U.S., European Union, Coronavirus, Jordan