Coronavirus
(COVID-19) update

COVID-19 and its impact on supply chains is ongoing and fluid. 

The Radiant Network remains committed to providing our customers with customized supply chain solutions that deliver, whatever the challenge.

The coming weeks will require expertise in creative solutions for successful movement in and out of affected areas of the world. These updates illustrate the need to ensure your supply chain partner is well versed in both international and domestic out-of-the-box solutions, as shrinking space and restrictions continue to roll out at the ports and beyond.

The Radiant Network will continue to work with valued customers--past, present and future alike--on providing assistance and problem solving for these current challenges.

If you have questions or concerns with freight or with your supply chain, please reach out to your account executive from the Radiant Network. 

This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. More Coronavirus information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website, and the World Health Organization website. Additionally, Johns Hopkins currently has provided an interactive dashboard showing the latest statistics on the spread of COVID-19.


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General Timeline

Last updated June 5 2020 at 9am PST

June 5

June 4

June 3

June 2

June 1

  • As what is promising to be an active hurricane season officially starts today, officials are concerned with the timing of the season, coupled with coronavirus risks.
  • On Friday, May 29, the first-ever public teleconference hearing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill held by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee was held. Discussions included freight volume recovery at the ports for 2020.

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May 2

  • New York schools will remain closed through the rest of the school year.

May 1

April 30

April 29

April 28

  • US Auto plants unlikely to re-open for at least two more weeks.
  • As beef, pork and chicken processing plants close across the country, experts worry groceries could face shortages.
  • The following states are lifting some stay-at-home restrictions:
    • Colorado; retail stores are permitted to reopen under strict social distancing guidelines.
    • Alaska; gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted, and certain retail shops have been permitted to reopen.
    • Idaho; starting May 1 retail stores and places of worship will be permitted to reopen where social distancing can be observed.
    • Iowa; Restaurants, fitness centers, libraries and retail stores may reopen May 1 at half their normal operating capacity.
    • Mississippi; retail stores that don't require physical contact are permitted to reopen at 50% capacity.
    • Texas; Retail, restaurants, theaters, museums, libraries and churches can open at 25% capacity May 1

April 27

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April 24

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April 22

April 21

April 20

April 19

April 18

  • The following states have extended their Stay at Home orders:
    • New York; May 15
    • Missouri; May 3

April 17

  • The following states have extended their Stay at Home orders:
    • Maine; May 15
    • Kansas; May 1
    • Idaho; April 30

April 16

April 15

April 14

  • Several states have formed coalitions to collaborate on COVID-19 response and to navigate reopening the states and their economies post-virus.
  • India's national lockdown on its 1.3 billion residents has been extended through May 3.

April 13

April 12

April 11

April 10

  • The following states have extended their Stay at Home orders:
    • Georgia; April 30
    • Vermont; May 15

April 9

April 8

  • Healthy residents and visitors of Wuhan, the epicenter of the global COVID-19 outbreak, will be able to leave the province the province today as 76 day lockdown ends.
  • Los Angeles joins several cities across the US in making masks mandatory for workers or while visiting any other essential businesses that remain open, like a grocery store.

April 7

April 6

  • Japanese Prime Minister declares State of Emergency as infections in the country continue to climb. Details to follow.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Missouri; April 24

April 5

April 4

  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Alabama; indefinite

April 3

  • US military to convert temporarily medical facilities in New York, Dallas, and New Orleans to facilities for treating COVID-19 patients.
  • White House invokes Defense Production Act to prioritize ventilator manufacturing.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Florida; through April 30
    • Georgia; April 13
    • Mississippi; indefinite
    • Washington; extended through May 4

April 2

  • According to a new count, nearly 96% of Americans are currently living under a Stay-at-Home order.
  • Democratic National Convention, originally scheduled for mid-July, has been pushed to week of August 17.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Maine; through April 30
    • Texas; through April 30
    • Tennessee; April 14
    • Texas; April 30

April 1

  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Nevada; through April 30
    • Pennsylvania; through April 30
    • Oklahoma; April 40 (Only applies to adults over 65 and at-risk individuals)
  • Seven California Bay area counties have released updated Stay at Home orders that will be effective through May 3. 
    • The updated order requires essential businesses still in operation to adhere to stricter Social Distancing guidelines.
  • Global COVID-19 cases exceed 860,000, with nearly 190,000 cases in the US.

March 31

  • Southwest Airlines to reduce flight activity by as much as 40% from May 3 to June 5.
  • Scientists in Germany are experimenting with a new testing method that would allow several samples to be analyzed at once, potentially increasing testing capacity ten-fold.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Arizona; indefinite

March 30

  • New York to postpone statewide presidential primary from April 28 to June 23 to help prevent spread of COVID-19.
  • Hungary Prime Minister granted sweeping emergency powers amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Kansas; through April 18
    • North Carolina; indefinite
    • Maryland; indefinite
    • Virginia; indefinite

March 29

  • Working alongside private cargo carriers, FEMA launches Project Airbridge. The project will involve 50 flights, and aims to expedite delivery of medical supplies, and other necessities.

March 28

  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Alaska; through April 11
    • Montana; indefinite
    • Rhode Island; through April 13

March 27

  • US government signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package into law.
    • Package provides aid to state and local governments, individuals, small and large businesses, and hospitals.
  • To prevent reintroduction of COVID-19, China has closed their borders to foreign nationals.
    • Those conducting "necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs" can still apply via embassies and consulates
  • Airlines continue to convert passenger planes to temporary cargo carriers to meet freight capacity demand.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Vermont; through May 4
    • Minnesota; through April 10

March 26

  • With over 82,000 cases, United States now leads world in confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Colorado; through April 11

March 25

  • US Senate unanimously approves $2 trillion stimulus package to jump-start economy.
    • House to consider the bill Friday. 
  • China ends Hubei lockdown and announces plans to lift lockdown of Wuhan, ground zero of the global Covid-19 pandemic, on April 8.
    • After extensive testing, Hubei Province experiences no new cases for five consecutive days
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note- Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Vermont; through April 15
    • Hawaii; through April 30
    • Wisconsin; through April 24
    • Idaho; April 15

March 24

  • IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan announce that Olympics will be delayed until July of 2021.
  • The Indian Government has announced a nationwide lockdown for three weeks, beginning March 25 at 12am. Medical Services, Banking and essential goods services will be exempted from restrictions.
    • Transport of medicine, fertilizers, pulses and edible oils, and petroleum/petroleum products all qualify as essential goods services. The Government can include new commodities as and when the need arises.
  • Kansas City and much of the surrounding metro are now under a stay-at-home order
    • Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, and Jackson counties in Missouri are affected.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.
  • The following States have stay-at-home orders going into effect today. Please note: Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions:
    • Delaware; through May 15.
    • Indiana; through April 6.
    • Massachusetts; April 7.
    • Michigan; through April 14.
    • New Mexico; indefinite.
    • West Virginia; indefinite.

March 23

  • The Louisiana stay-at-home order will go into effect today, and will last through April 12.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions
  • Washington Governor has issued a stay-at-home order for state residents effective from 25 March.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.
  • Oregon Governor has issued a stay-at-home order for state residents.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.
  • Effective today at 5 pm ET, Maryland will be closing nonessential businesses.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.
  • Ohio joins the growing list of states under stay-at-home orders Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.
  • As of this morning, and according to the tally kept by the Johns Hopkins University, 351,731 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 15,374 have died and 100,430 have recovered. The country with the highest number of confirmed infections remains China, with 81,496, followed by Italy, Europe’s worst hit country, with 59,138, then the US with 35,241, Spain with 33,089, and Germany with 26,220.

March 22

  • India's enacts a one-week ban on all international passenger flights through March 31.
    • The most affected areas in India (13 states 80 districts) are also under a complete lockdown through March 31.

March 21

  • New Jersey Governor issues a stay-at-home order for State citizens, effective Saturday, March 21 at 9 p.m.
    • Freight transport is considered an essential service, and is exempt from these restrictions.

March 20

  • Illinois Governor issues stay-at-home order on Friday to state residents, effective Saturday, March 21, 5pm.
    • Freight Transport and other sources of fundamental supplies are exempt.
  • The United States and Mexico are working together to close non-essential travel between the countries.
    • Freight transport is exempt from these restrictions.
  • New York Governor is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home, and banning gatherings statewide.
    • Freight transport is exempt, as it is an essential service.

March 19

March 18

  • The United States and Canada are looking to temporarily close their shared border to non-essential travel while continuing to allow goods to move between the countries to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • The EU decides on entry restrictions for citizens of most non-EU countries, valid for 30 days from March 17th, 2020. Each country is responsible for implementing the closure of the EU's external borders. The flow and transport of goods in most countries is free from these restrictions in order not to interrupt the supply chains, however there may be an impact on freight capacities, tariffs and the speed of processing and delivery times.

March 17

March 15

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that no gatherings with 50 people or more — to include conferences or other events — be held in the United States for the next eight weeks.
  • Starting at 9pm all individuals in Puerto Rico are to remain in their homes for a period of 14 days and limiting the use of public roads, except in certain instances. In addition, a closure of government operations is decreed, as well as the closure of all businesses in Puerto Rico from 6pm on March 15, 2020 until March 30, 2020. Personnel who are working in the wholesale distribution chain and the manufacture of goods and food are not subject to the curfew. This includes personnel dedicated to the release of merchandise and transportation of goods and food received at ports to warehouses and properties of importers.

March 14

  • Ireland and the United Kingdom are added to the countries with travel restrictions.
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have indicated that truck drivers who are moving goods "in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks" will temporarily not have to follow the hours-of-service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work. 
  • Travelers entering Taiwan from European countries in the Schengen Area (EU including the UK, Ireland and Dubai) will be quarantined at home for 14 days. Foreign nationals who have visited China, Hong Kong and Macau in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. 

March 13

  • Panic buying is causing an unprecedented surge in domestic freight volumes, reports Freightwavesbut it is a trend that won't last. 

March 12

  • With the continued and enormous number of blanked (canceled) sailings from China to the U.S. and Europe starting in the weeks following Chinese New Year, COVID-19 has spawned a worldwide box-repositioning challenge.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that cargo is not part of the latest travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

March 11

March 10

March 9

  • The World Health Organization today held a news conference on COVID-19. Said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "The bottom line is: we are not at the mercy of this virus. The great advantage we have is that the decisions we all make – as governments, businesses, communities, families and individuals – can influence the trajectory of this epidemic."
  • Executive Director Rick Cotton for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has tested positive for coronavirus. Said Lindsay Kryzak, a Port Authority spokesperson, "We've been taking stock of the situation for weeks in preparation for something like this happening. Like many agencies and private companies, the Port Authority has work from home policies and contingency plans that allow the agency to function fully with certain staff working from outside the office."

March 6

March 4

March 2

  • United is suspending some service to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Singapore and Seoul, as well as extending the suspension of flights between US hubs and Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong through April 30.
  • American Airlines Cargo: Due to the reduction in demand, American Airlines is suspending operations to and from Milan, Italy, from New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA). Flights to Milan are scheduled to resume April 25.
    • Due to the reduction in demand, American Airlines has extended the suspension of flying to and from the mainland China and Hong Kong from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) hubs.
      • Flights between DFW/LAX and the mainland China are suspended through April 24.
      • Flights between DFW and Hong Kong are suspended through April 23.
      • Flights between LAX and Hong Kong are suspended through April 24.
  • Cathay Pacific Group has announced a number passenger network changes which will impact cargo operations and capacity from now, likely into April. 

February 28

Today's updates illustrates the need to ensure your supply chain partner is well versed in both international and domestic out-of-the-box solutions, as shrinking space and restrictions continue to roll out at the ports. Radiant Canada and the Radiant Network will continue to work with valued customers-- past, present and future alike--on providing assistance and problem solving for these current challenges.

  • We are seeing some restrictions on domestic 40’ units moving back to the West Coast, due to congestion concerns at the yards stemming from shrinking storage for all of the empties eventually destined for China. Currently actions are being taken to restrict domestic shipments into Los Angeles and Oakland, CA due to extremely high volumes of equipment at the West Coast ports.
  • Current restrictions include:
    • OOCL
      • All domestic shipments destined to Oakland have been restricted, regardless of container size (20’, 40’ stnd or HC, 45’)
      • All domestic shipments destined to Los Angeles have been restricted for all sizes EXCEPT 40’ HC
      • Customers/Shippers will be unable to book or request street turns for any OOCL domestic units originating on these origins (Chicago, Joliet, Memphis, and Kansas City), regardless of size or destination
      • Effective 3/9/2020, OOCL’s Ocean terminal in Seattle, Terminal 18, will close on Fridays until further notice. Customers should make arrangements to terminate their empties at the terminal Monday thru Thursday.
    • ONE
      • Effective 3/2/2020, domestic shipments destined to Long Beach ICTF (L.A.) will be restricted. Equipment in transit may be delayed and requested to return to a different return location due to surplus in CY’s.

February 26

  • CDC Officials have warned Americans to prepare for the "inevitable" spread of the Coronavirus. 
    • “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in the United States. It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses. . . I continue to hope that in the end, we'll look back and feel like we were overprepared. But that is a better place to be in than being underprepared.” – Nancy Messonnier, CDC Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
  • While new cases of Coronavirus slow in China, confirmed cases spike in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

February 19

February 13

February 10

February 6

  • As Coronavirus risks escalate, China's finance ministry announces plans to cut US tariffs levied on some goods to 5% from 10%, and to 2.5% from 5% on other goods. While the ministry didn't clarify the value of affected goods, the products are part of the $75bn worth of goods that have been subject to 5% or 10% tariffs since Sept. 1.
    • Updated tariff rates take effect Feb. 14.

February 5

  • Current estimates have capacity on the ocean as significantly impacted, with blank sailings climbing. The following Ocean Carriers, among others, have been affected:
  • Observation of the Chinese Lunar New Year has been extended as late as February 14 in some provinces.

February 4

January 31

  • United States Government declares the Coronavirus a public health emergency.

January 30

  • World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a public health emergency.

January 29

  • Several municipalities (listed below) have extended the New Year Holiday and are now planning on returning to work Monday, February 10th. Factories in these provinces will remain closed until the end of the Lunar New Year Holiday.
    • Shanghai – Suzhou – Nanjing – Wuxi – Hangzhou – Ningbo – Guangzhou – Shenzhen– Tianjin – Chongqing – Anhui – Fujian – Guizhou

January 27

  • China's Lunar New Year Holiday has been extended to February 2, 2020 by the General Office of the State Council. This extension is intended to prevent the gathering of large crowds, limiting the impact of the outbreak. The operational impact of outbreak is predominantly in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. Impact includes:
    • Factories closed, reopen TBD
    • Temporary closure of Wuhan International Airport
    • Barge Port Shipment delays of 2-3 days
    • Cross-border transportation restrictions
    • Customs closure in Hubei Province until further notice

January 7

  • WHO confirms a novel virus named 2019-nCoV is responsible for the growing number of cases. This virus belongs to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold. 

December 31, 2019

  • China alerts the WHO to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan. Wuhan is a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province.

COVID-19 Resources

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