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C4 Logistics Group COVID-19 Bulletin: 23th 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.

Bulgaria

As of 00:00, 18 March, entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for people coming from the following countries is forbidden: China (the People’s Republic of); Iran (the Islamic Republic of); Bangladesh; India; Maldives (the Republic of); Nepal (the Federal Democratic Republic of); Sri Lanka (the Democratic Socialist Republic of); Spain; Italy; Korea (the Republic of); United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland; France; Germany; the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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 has introduced a quarantine. Foreigners will not be able to enter the country, except for those who deliver goods. People entering from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Korea, Singapore and Japan will be subject to health checks. The Ogrodniki-Lazdijai border crossing is open to all drivers, there are no tonnage restrictions at the crossing.

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);
  • suspension of international passenger transport (air, rail, bus) 

Hungary

Hungary closed its borders foreign nationals on 16 March midnight. Only Hungarian nationals can enter the country, but international freight transport is still allowed. The government has created freight corridors for trucks. Trucks can enter the country at designated border crossings, they must then follow a designated transit route, they can re-fuel only at designated fuel stations.

Border-crossing open for international freight traffic:

  • Rajka (SK)
  • Hegyeshalom, Sopron, Rabafuzes (Austria)
  • Redics (Slovenia)
  • Letenye (Croatia) Udvar (Croatia)
  • Roszke (Serbia)
  • Csanadpalota (Romania)
  • Zahony (Ukraine)
  • Tornyosnemeti (Czechia)

Turkey

All Turkish border crossings were closed yesterday for travellers from the following countries: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Turkish truck drivers entering the country from one of these countries will be quarantined for 14 days at home. Foreign truckers entering Turkey from one of these countries will be quarantined for 14 days at the border and will not be able to enter the country during the quarantine period. Truck drivers who are nationals of these countries will not be allowed to enter Turkey.

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.

Serbia has introduced a state of emergency – access is banned for all foreigners except diplomats and Chinese citizens. Penalty for non-compliance – 3 years in prison. These measures, however, do not apply to freight traffic when performing international road transport. In the case of international road traffic burden, the stay is limited to a period of no longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of 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. The border will not be closed for road transport because that would cause further damage to the economy.

Belarus

Foreign truck drivers travelling through Belarus will be able to stop to rest and refuel only in places designated by the Belarus Ministry of Transport from midnight 19 March. Sanitary and epidemiological controls will be introduced at fuel stations. Compliance checks will be carried out by road transport inspectors. The measure will be in force from midnight 19 March.

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.

Business as Usual!


C4 Logistics are continuing to operate as normal during the Coronavirus outbreak. Our business continuity plan has been thoroughly tested and we will continue to deliver our usual level of service.

How have we prepared:

  • All our operations employees are equipped for homeworking.
  • In the event of a large level of sickness in any hub office, all calls and transports will be transferred to an alternative office.
  • Transports will be organised on a solution basis and customers will be advised of any restrictions to movements at the time of booking.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly. Contact details can be found at www.c4logistics.com

Congratulations C4 Germany, C4 Ireland and C4 Spain!


C4 Logistics Germany, Ireland and Spain are celebrating achieving ISO accreditation for a further 3yrs!

ISO 9001-2015 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS.) A government-recognised certification, ISO 9001-2015 dictates the standards a QMS must satisfy in order to achieve international accreditation.

Assessed by an independent awarding body, C4’s QMS procedures were appraised against multiple industry standards including risk management, service quality, carrier selection and ongoing staff training. The awarding body found C4’s QMS to be excellent in all areas.

By adhering to ISO 9001-2015 C4 Logistics ensures their customers always receive the best possible service.

To find out more about how C4 Logistics maintains it exceptional standards visit the website at www.c4logistics.com.

Covid-19 Update 11th March


With the outbreak of COVID-19 worsening in Italy, the decision has been taken to restrict movement across the country until the 3rd of April. Transports for supply chain and working needs are exempt from these restrictions. Pickup and delivery of goods will still be allowed, along with free movement of shipments in and out of the country.

It is necessary to highlight that some transports maybe be subject to extra checks by the Italian authorities on main highways. We also appreciate that some drivers may be unwilling to enter the restricted areas.

C4 Logistics are committed to continuing to provide transport solutions on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage any customers who want further information on the latest restrictions to get in touch with our operations team directly. Visit our website at www.c4logistics.com for contact information.

COVID-19 Update


As of the 8th March, Italy has introduced widespread quarantine measures to its worst affected regions. Travel has been restricted in 14 Northern and Central provinces, limiting transports to and from these regions.

While local access will need to be checked on a case-by-case basis, there are plenty of transport options still available. We would encourage our customers to get in touch to discuss what solutions are available. Contact us at www.c4logistics.com

Think we only deliver within Europe? Think again!


C4 Logistics already deliver to over 160 countries worldwide and we are always adding new destinations to our catalogue. When destinations are hard to reach quickly by road, we enlist the skills of our specialist air transport team (C4 Air) to find a bespoke solution.

For example, when key automotive parts needed to reach Thailand from France on a tight 24hr deadline, we organised a bespoke hand-carry service including door-to-door delivery and customs clearance. C4 employ a specially selected catalogue of hand-carry couriers who are trained in customs clearance and security. This ensures shipment can clear customs quickly and high value or sensitive items are always delivered safely.

To find out more about our hand-carry services contact C4 Air at air@c4logisics.com or visit our website www.c4logistics.com.

Congratulations C4 UK!


C4 UK have achieved ISO accreditation for the 15th year!

ISO 9001-2015 is an internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS.) A government-recognised certification, ISO 9001-2015 specifies the standards a QMS must satisfy in order to achieve international accreditation.

Assessed by an independent awarding body, C4 UK’s QMS procedures were appraised against multiple industry standards including risk management, service quality, carrier selection and ongoing staff training. The awarding body found implementation of the C4 QMS to be excellent in all areas.

Adhering to ISO 9001-2015 ensures our customers always receive the best possible service.

To find out more about how C4 Logistics maintains exceptional standards visit our website at www.c4logistics.com.

Need a specialist vehicle? No problem!


With access to over 6,800 carrier vehicles, C4 Logistics can always find the right vehicle for any shipment.

Temperature controlled shipments are one of our specialities – we maintain a catalogue of available vehicles designed to be able to carry temperature sensitive deliveries of all weights and volumes. Our specialist knowledge also allows us to provide vehicles capable of in-warehouse collection/delivery for shipments that must be loaded within temperature-controlled environments. With real-time tracking and updates we monitor a shipments status throughout its journey, providing our customers with the peace of mind that their delivery will remain at temperature throughout transit.

To find out more about the specialist vehicles available visit our website at www.c4logistics.com or contact your local C4 Logistics office: www.c4logistics.com/contact/

Hand-carry – not just for small shipments!


Most people think hand-carry services can only be used for small packages or sensitive documents, but this is not the case!

When scheduled airfreight is unavailable, our specialist team at C4 Air can utilise their special relationship with the airlines to gain permission for larger shipments to be carried on scheduled passenger flights. Our trusted hand-carry couriers will accompany the shipments throughout transit and can also complete any customs requirements in advance to ensure the fastest possible transit.  

To find out more about our hand-carry services email C4 Air at air@c4logistics.com or visit our website www.c4logistics.com