COVID-19 Supply Chain Updates

The coronavirus pandemic is straining supply chains close to the breaking point. How are supply chains adapting to meet the demands? How will COVID-19 redefine supply chains once the pandemic has passed? Stay up to date with the rapid changes that are impacting the industry here.

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COVID-19 Supply Chain Impact Timeline

Each day is bringing new challenges for companies and carriers as they race to meet global demands.
See the most important points here. Read the full article by clicking on the date.

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    June 4, 2020

    Effective June 8, 2020 until further notice, FedEx will implement peak surcharges to U.S. domestic Residential, SmartPost and Oversize packages.

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    May 28, 2020

    Effective May 31, 2020, UPS implements peak surcharges to U.S. domestic Residential, SurePost, and Large packages.

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    May 22, 2020

    FedEx announces increases in its temporary surcharge from Hong Kong and the Philippines.

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    May 20, 2020

    Effective May 24, 2020 until further notice, the amount of the Peak Surcharges applied to shipments from China Mainland and Hong Kong SAR to the U.S. will increase. The Peak Surcharge applied to international shipments from all other origins will continue to apply.

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    May 7, 2020

    DHL Express Emergency Surcharge Adjustment effective May 24.

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    April 7, 2020

    Effective April 12, peak surcharges will apply to any international shipment from all origins (except China Mainland and Hong Kong SAR) to all destinations.

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    April 7, 2020

    Peak surcharge increase on UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight and UPS Expedited shipments originating from China Mainland and Hong Kong SAR to North America and Europe effective April 12.

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    April 3, 2020

    The USPS will temporarily suspend mail service to 29 international destinations effective April 7, 2020. These additional suspensions bring the total number of international destinations suspended to 51.

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    April 2, 2020

    Amazon prioritizes the supply of key medical supplies to only hospitals and government organizations and has eliminated its standard referral fees through June 30, 2020.

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    April 1, 2020

    Waives two weeks of inventory storage fees for products stored in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

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    March 31, 2020

    A temporary surcharge on all FedEx Express and TNT international parcel and freight shipments beginning April 6. Surcharge range from $0.11 to $1.00 per kilo depending on the origin and destination.

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    March 26, 2020

    Waives the April 15 long-term storage fees for inventory stored in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

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    March 25, 2020

    Temporarily prioritizes household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into fulfillment centers through April 5. For products other than these, Amazon has temporarily disabled shipment creation.

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    March 24, 2020

    Effective 1st April 2020 DHL Express will temporarily implement an Emergency Situation Surcharge to all Time Definite International (TDI) shipments.

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    March 24, 2020

    Effective March 24, UPS Service Guarantee is suspended for all U.S. origin shipments (U.S. Domestic and International) at any service level.

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    March 23, 2020

    Suspends money-back guarantee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office service effective immediately until further notice.

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    March 19, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, FedEx will not require customers to physically sign for most deliveries with the exception of deliveries with adult signature required.

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