Corona effect:Logistics cos suspending operations
Amidst a pan-India lockdown to contain Coronavirus, air freight operators and logistics firms are being forced to suspend operations. This is because owing to the lack of staff and trucks have being halted by the police enforcing the Covid-19 lockdown across the country has led to the piling up of their goods at cargo terminals. Global air freighter operators Fedex and UPS have already suspended most flight operations to and from India, while logistics companies including Ecom Express, Safexpress and Spoton Logistics are shutting warehouses and delivery centres.
Essential products like food, medicines, masks, sanitisers and even testing kits for the Covid-19 virus are soe of the commodities that these firms produce.This could lead to a dearth in the supply of essential supplies, though government has repeatedly assured the nation that it is taking adequate measures to ensure that such kind of a situation does not arise.
“While freighters are allowed to fly, our airport facilities are choked to the point where we can’t even offload boxes from the aircraft,” RS Subramanian, senior vice president and managing director, DHL Express, told media. “We are seeing a major supply chain disaster in the coming days,” observed Vijay Kumar, chief operating officer of the Express Industry Council of India lobby group.