Thu Aug 13 2020

The stage four Covid-19 restrictions now in effect in Melbourne are having significant implications across all business sectors. This includes our Australian cargo, shipping, transport and logistics businesses.

In addition, the global impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has led to the imposition of unprecedented measures by governments around the world.

For transportation of cargo, this is creating potential cost implications, delays and changes in procedures. Whether the cargo is being shipped by land, sea or air, the impact can be severe. It has also led to a significant number of vessels lying idle and/or crews being unable to be rotated which also has implications and challenges when it comes to managing transport risk.

While by no means exhaustive, the following links may be useful in clarifying what is permitted, and how your business and your client’s businesses might be affected.

  1. Business and Industry Victorian Stage 4 restrictions – a breakdown provided by Victorian Government on the permitted workplaces by industry, outlining which industries and services are deemed essential, what is permitted and what exemptions apply. Updated as at 11 August 2020
  2. Coronavirus information for the marine industry – A fact sheet produced by Australian Government Department of Health for international voyages and maritime crew entering Australia, includes additional immigration, reporting and quarantine requirements. Updated as at 5 August 2020
  3. Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for freight industry – with borders closed, there is important information for road and rail freight with regards to permits, protocols and public health orders.
  4. Important information in relation to border closures – important information from Transport Victoria, in regards to movement across borders, curfews and active transport both for public transport and freight.
  5. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Report on Coronavirus: Loss prevention measures for cargo storage and transportation. A report outlining recommendations on loss prevention measures, and recommendations to consider developing risks for cargo storage and goods in transit.
  6. Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty Risk Bulletin – Safety of maritime assets, coronavirus challenges for the shipping sector.

We recommend that the information provided by the regulatory bodies should be regularly monitored as it is subject to frequent change and update. AM&T is ready and able to support you with any queries relating to insurance cover for your marine and transit policies.

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