C4 Logistics Group COVID-19 Bulletin: 18th March 2020 at 12pm GMT



The European Union

Brussels has announced a 30-day travel restriction into the European Union because of the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission. This restriction does not apply to freight transportation.

Please see below for the specific restrictions in place in individual countries:

United Kingdom

There are currently no travel restrictions in place.

France

On Monday evening, President Macron announced that France would enter a period of enforced lockdown from midday on Tuesday 17th March.

International freight transport is not included in the lockdown.

Austria

The weekend traffic ban for all heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes has been suspended until 3 April 2020. According to IRU, this measure has been discussed and coordinated with Italy and Bavaria in order to avoid border waiting times where possible.

Austria is refusing entry to anyone arriving from Italy without a valid health certificate. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday morning. “In order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, the Austrian government has issued a regulation for health checks upon entry from Italy. From Tuesday morning, two mobile health check teams will carry out selective health checks in the Brenner border area (motorway, state road and train traffic) and at the Sillian and Reschenpass borders. During the health checks, temperature measurements will be carried out at random. Also, the medical team will ask standard questions, such as whether the trip was started from a risk area and whether the people being checked have flu-like symptoms.”

Denmark

The Danish government have suspended the rules governing drivers’ hours and working time in road transport for 10 days. From 23rd March, drivers carrying groceries will not have to comply with the 24 and 45-hours rest regulations.

Norway

Travellers who want to enter Norway from countries outside Scandinavia must enter quarantine for two weeks or will be refused entry.

Germany

From Monday morning, Germany has closed its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Only German citizens, those who reside in the country and work in a neighbouring nation, and physical goods, can now cross the German border. International freight transport will also be allowed to cross the borders.

The federal police have tightened controls on the French border in Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. People travelling from France will be asked about their health, and officials will measure body temperature. A checkpoint is also in place on the A8 near Perl, where drivers from Luxembourg are checked.

The German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have relaxed the ban on delivery trucks on Sundays and holidays. However, this will only apply to transports of hygiene products and non-perishable foods.

Latvia

A state of emergency has been declared and will remain in force until 14 April. Currently we do not have information about any difficulties for transport or border controls.

Lithuania

Lithuania Introduced health checks on the border with Poland and Latvia. The authorities are conducting random checks on travellers and truck drivers.

Poland

Between 15th March to 24th March, border controls will be in force on the Polish borders with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Polish borders can only be crossed at designated places. Checks will also be carried out at seaports and airports.  Restrictions will be introduced for foreigners on entry to Poland but those who carry goods, including truck drivers, will be allowed to enter the country.

Poland has also introduced health checks at its border crossings with Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

List of road border crossings with EU countries that will be OPEN:

Czech Republic

  • Cieszyn – Chotebuz
  • Gorzyczki
  • Chałupki
  • Trzebinia
  • Kudowa – Salty
  • Jakuszyce

Germany

  • Jędrzychowice
  • Olszyna – Forst
  • Świecko – Frankfurt
  • Lower Krajnik – Schwedt
  • Kołabaskowo – Pomellen
  • Świnoujście – Garz

Slovakia

  • Periwinkle
  • Chyżne

Lithuania

  • Budzisko

Switzerland

Random checks are taking place on the Italian-Swiss border and people entering the country will asked about the reason of their journey. 83 control points have been established and nine smaller border crossings with Italy are closed in the Canton of Tessin: Pedrinate, Ponte Faloppia, Novazzano Marcetto, San Pietro di Stabio, Ligornetto Cantinetta, Arzo, Ponte Cremenaga, Cassinone and Indemini.

Spain

On Thursday evening (12th March), the Catalan government decided to quarantine four towns in Spain’s north-eastern autonomous region of Catalonia:

  • Igualada
  • Vilanova del Camí,
  • Santa Margarida de Montbui,
  • Enadena.

There is no information about the impact on freight transport yet.

Czech Republic

There are random health checks being conducted at the borders with Germany and Austria. Entry is being refused for foreigners coming from the most infected countries (China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.) A 30-day state of emergency was declared from 12th March.

From 14th March, border controls with Austria and Germany will resume. Entry will be restricted to 11 designated crossings. Necessary documents and an updated list of active border crossings can be found on the website Czech Ministry of the Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239800&doctype=ART

 Estonia

Estonia has introduced health checks at its borders to identify people with possible coronavirus symptoms. Travellers arriving in Estonia must fill in a document to declare which countries they have recently visited.

 Slovakia

Temporary border controls have been reintroduced at crossing points with Austria, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary. Only people with a permanent or temporary residence permit in the Slovak Republic and Slovak citizens will be allowed to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic. For persons living abroad and commuters in Slovakia, priority border controls have been introduced – proof of employment is required.

 Further measures:

  •  introduction of a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from high-risk countries.
  •  suspension of international transport (except supply and transit);
  •  no controls will be introduced on the Slovak-Polish border
  • closure of international airports for passenger traffic (Bratislava, Košice, Poprad);

Hungary

Border controls at Slovenian and Austrian borders have been reintroduced.

There is no entry to Hungary for people coming from the territory of Italy, China, South Korea and Iran but this measure does NOT affect the transportation of goods.

Italy

The quarantine of Italy does not apply to road transportation of goods. However, drivers carrying out transportation in zones subject to exceptional measures, and now, de facto the whole country should have a statement with them, which includes the origin and the destination of their travels, the route between the two points, and the employer’s declaration of the driver’s job.

Collections and deliveries from/to Italy are becoming increasingly challenging.

Romania

Romania has closed its border to freight traffic arriving from northern Italy. The border lock is in force until 31 March. Drivers are currently reluctant to go back to Romania as they are subject to a 14 days confinement.

Serbia

Serbia is closing its borders with immediate effect for those coming from areas that are the focal points of the new type of coronavirus. According to the Serbian Public Service Television (RTS) report, the President of the Republic has explained that people from parts of China, South Korea, Iran and Switzerland, as well as northern Italy, are temporarily denied entry to Serbia.

Slovenia

Slovenia has closed its border with Italy however this does not apply to the transportation of goods. To be able to enter Slovenia, drivers and passengers should be able to present a negative coronavirus health certificate issued by the competent authorities within the preceding three days. Otherwise, their entry will be refused.

However, the border will not be closed for road transport because that would cause further damage to the economy.

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Written by
Sébastien Barth
Group Managing Director at C4 Logistics
Founder and Managing Director of C4 Logistics, Sébastien Barth manages the international operations teams and growth strategy of C4 across Europe.

With more than 20 years’ experience in premium freight services, Sébastien brings a wealth of experience to his role. Prior to C4 Logistics, Sébastien was UK Manager of Gefco Special (a former subsidiary of the Peugeot Group) and has delivered outstanding customer service to a variety of industries including the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors.

Sébastien has an MA in Business and Logistics from ESIDEC Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Commerce, Metz University in France.
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