Member News

COVID 19 - Lockdown Update On 1st April 2020

Submitted on April 1, 2020 by V. Chandra Kumar of 5SLN in USA

1st Apr 2020. 

Dear Overseas Partners,

We are entering the 9th day of Lockdown – People curfew in INDIA – called by the Honourable Prime Minister. 

Both the Central and the State Government have been issued various guidelines, restrictions and some relaxations.



Due to the multiplicity of Circulars at various level and for each State it is difficult for us to share a uniform advisory. 

As per the letter issued by the MHA no.DO no.40-3/2020-DM-I(A) Dated 29th March, 2020 that even transportation non -essential goods has also be allowed. 

However, with lock down and curfew, there are certain problems faced by our Members. One of the main issue is of stepping out of house and travel. Many States are strict in enforcing curfew and hence it is difficult for CBs to carry out their day to day work. Whereas, some States are moderate that mobility to a limited extent is permitted.

While it is required to obtain a pass or permit to travel, there is neither set procedure nor clarity on the authority that will issue such pass or permits. This is done by some States online while others follow manual system.

Operations at Port, Airport, CFS, ICDs across various cities has been adversely affected due to minimum workforce available on account of travel restrictions. 

Even though Customs have declared 24 X 7 working but are functioning with very minimum staff/ Officers. Majority of Shipping Lines and NVOCCs have adopted work from home than thereby limiting their normal work.

Unlike most other professions where online processing and work from home concept is possible, our profession requires manual presence of our staff at various stages and locations. This is avoidable exposure and is contrary to the appeal of the Honourable Prime Minister for social distancing.

The management has suggested that the entire process of clearance and handling of cargo – be it Customs or others – should be system driven to avoid human intervention. To achieve this target of paperless processing entirely, will take some time to accomplish.

Another major issue faced is regarding lack of transport trucks. Most of drivers of vehicles operated in different parts of the country, have travelled back to their native to protect themselves and their family.

This is one of the main obstacles for movement of cargo. In certain places even when drivers have returned back to work, due to difficulties in obtaining travel permits across the locations is very difficult hence logistics activities has been affected.  Under these circumstances, We have suggested to : - 

a. Protect yourself & Your staff family and be safe.

b. Seek official pass or permit before venturing out.

c. Ensure all precautions are taken – usage of protective gear, social distancing, avoiding crowded areas.

d. Check prevailing condition in each of your State / Locality.

e. Beware of the restrictions imposed and follow the guidelines.

The management shares / exchanges, updates daily through video conference facility and basis inputs received from various locations and it is understood that :- 



i. At Customs, Port, Airports, CFSs, ICD, Shipping / Air Lines availability of officials / staff available to carry on the routine normal work is very less.

ii. The strength is far below normal attendance and almost skeletal staffing. With this strength it would be impossible to handle regular volume.

iii. Authorities have taken this conscious step to maintain social distancing otherwise It would expose all stakeholders to possible COVID 19 virus.  

iv. Availability of vehicles / drivers is almost nil or insignificant / negligible.

v. CB are unable to discharge their normal duty due Restrictions imposed by the State is curtailing our normal working.

vi. Process of obtaining passes / permits is very difficult.

We are taken stock of the situation across the locations and noted the concerns. We will continue to monitor the situation to update you.

Finally, safety comes first and it is suggested to prior to venturing out, we should take adequate precautions to maintain social distancing and safe working condition.



Logistically Yours,









Chairman – Managing Director.






Mob   : +91 98450 49313.



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·        Free demurrage period at the Airport is reduced to 48 hrs instead of 72 hrs from the touch down time of the Aircraft.



·        Bill of entry for the consignment should be file with the Indian customs within 24 hrs of Vessel/Flight arrival , after that penalty will be applied.



                         Day 1st to 3rd day-    @ Rs.5000/- per day



Submitted on April 1, 2020 by Aung of 5SLN in USA

1 April 2020,      

 5 Star Member in Myanmar, Innovo Shipping & Logistics reported that Yangon International Airport will no longer allow the landing of all international commercial passenger flights in all Myanmar Airports to prevent the importation of COVID-19 via air travel.  The statement is announced on 29 March 2020 by the Department of Civil Aviation with reference to a directive from the Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar Government.  This temporary measure will be effective from March 30 until April 13, 2020.


However, the measure will not affect relief flights, medical evacuation flights, all-cargo flights and special flights which received approval from the DCA.



The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country is 15 as per the Health Ministry report.  One of the confirmed patients who was also taking cancer treatment recently died as a result of the COVID-19 virus.



Myanmar is taking all preventive measures and the Country’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Su Kyi said lockdown will be used only if needed.





Aung, Managing Director of Innovo said “Business is slowing down at current situation.  Myanmar New Year long holiday will fall in April from 10th to 19th and we are concerned that everyone in the country will follow the guidance from the government to lower the risk of spreading the virus by staying at home during this official holiday period.  



Most of the business sectors are already suffering from this pandemic and if people are negligence, the impact will be huge and it will be very hard to recover for a developing country like Myanmar. Innovo team is fully operational at this moment. We are taking all preventive measures and supporting our customers’ needs as much as we can.”

Vietnam Airlines cuts Europe flights as Covid-19 spreads across continent

Submitted on March 12, 2020 by Mr. Huynh Dang Phuc of 5SLN in USA

Source: VN Express

Dated: March 11, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads in Europe, Vietnam Airlines is set to reduce the number of weekly flights to the continent by 14 starting March 25.

Its flights are from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the U.K., France, and Germany.

The services would be restored after the disease is controlled, the only Vietnamese carrier operating direct flights to Europe said in a release.

On Tuesday the airline began screening all passengers at European airports leaving for Vietnam and made face masks mandatory for them.

It has also begun to disinfect airplanes coming to Vietnam from abroad on landing.

It used to be done only for aircraft coming from China or with sick passengers.

Vietnam on Monday suspended visa waivers for citizens of eight European countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, and the U.K.

A number of people coming from Europe have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since March 6.

The country has so far recorded 38 cases as of Wednesday, 22 of whom are now in hospital.

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ZHL handled the ship spare cargo

Submitted on March 10, 2020 by Lika Gao of 5SLN in USA

ZHL Logistics just handled a project cargo fm Qingdao to Singapore. It's the desulfurization equipment for ship spares.

ZHL is always doing her efforts for the envioremental protection business !

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Submitted on February 12, 2020 by Andy Titley of 5SLN in USA


Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics makes major investment

Submitted on February 11, 2020 by Rocco van Horik of 5SLN in USA

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics increases their transport supply within Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East by buying the forwarding company CR Cargo International.

We operate in complex markets, which demands a high knowledge level on documentation and local bureaucracy. We have cutting-edge expertise on vehicle transports to Eastern Europe and Russia as well as to the Middle East..

Latest Project of 2020!

Submitted on February 4, 2020 by Can Boyaci of 5SLN in USA

Agemar Global Lojistik, A.S. is happy to announce its latest project!

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Submitted on January 9, 2020 by Preeti Shukla of 5SLN in USA

Dear Friends, 

Pls be informed we are facing some issues in our banking due to some spam issue. Our New Bank details are attached for your reference. please do not use old bank details for any transaction 

Thanks for your undrestanding. 

Kind Regards, 

Preeti Shukla

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successfully handled OOG

Submitted on January 6, 2020 by Chalee Wongjoy of 5SLN in USA

We are handled Ex Work shipment from Itajai, Port of Brazil to Laem Chabang Port and delivery to door services at Phuket Island, Thailand.

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TreLog Dubai Wish all 5SLN Partners Happy & Prosperous New year 2020

Submitted on December 30, 2019 by Angela Ann of 5SLN in USA

Thank you  all 5star Partners for All the Support in the year 2019. on behalf of the staff & Management,Team TreLog sincerely Wish you All Happy NewYear 2020. Year 2019 was a period of global up and down turn waves. However glad to know that most of 5SLN partners has sailed thru it smoothly. We at TreLog Dubai Wish 5 SLN partners ALL THE BESTS and grateful for the kind support and solidarity in the past many years if NOT in terms of real biz exchanges but atleast by words and messages. We are obliged to you as a founder 5SLN member for being the integral part in the growth of 5-SLN. Lucky and glad to be associated with such a wonderful Team.We are committed and assure our continuous support to all partners for years to come... Praying and wishing everyone all the wellness & prosperity,

Staff & Management.TreLog Shipping & Projects.Dubai WhatsApp # +971503009679 

Industry News

Covid 19 Updates

Submitted on May 29, 2020 by overseas Team of 5SLN in USA

COVID-19 Latest from Dubai UAE.Submitted by overseasteam. Email. WhatsApp# 971503009679 "The emirate of 3.3 million, the UAE’s commercial capital, is pushing ahead with reopening its economy after a grueling two months of lockdown that included a three-week stretch in April of some of the strictest measures imposed anywhere in the world, requiring residents to apply for a police permit in order to leave their homes. Since late April, the restrictions have eased, allowing malls, restaurants and hotels to reopen at reduced capacity and under stringent sanitation and social-distancing rules."

#TreLogDubai #TreLogShipping #trelogs


Submitted on April 2, 2020 by Jordi Baez of 5SLN in USA

Spain is still not reaching the peak of contagions and daily deaths, despite the fact that the authorities consider that we are very close. Statistics inform about +10.000 casualties and +100.000 infected. Confinement and industrial lockdown,  except for essential services / goods, will continue until April 12, although it is expected that it will slowly return to normal, and there is no clear date.

All types of road transport are already authorized, with no difference between basic or commercial goods, thus Newblock S.L. is in a position to meet all requirements, as long as customers are open and operational, for both Seafreight and Airfreight, always depending on the very strong congestion that exists in both services.


Lam Dong province sees sharp increase in flower export

Submitted on March 12, 2020 by Mr. Huynh Dang Phuc of 5SLN in USA

Source: Nhan Dan Online (NDO)

Wednesday, 2020-03-11 16:06:07

Flower export of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has risen sharply since the beginning of this year, in contrast to the gloomy picture of coffee, cashew nuts and tea that are being hit by COVID-19.

The provincial Department of Industry and Trade said on March 10 that in February alone, the locality shipped 34 million flower stems to Europe, Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan (China) and some Southeast Asian nations, up 15% in volume and 17.5% in value year-on-year.

The stronger export is attributable to local businesses’ investment in new flower varieties, farming and preservation technologies, and trade promotion for market expansion.

Lam Dong has 3,450 ha of flower plantations for domestic consumption and export, with an output of 1 billion items per year.

In Da Lat city alone, about 5,000 households and more than 30 enterprises are engaged in supplying different species of flowers including rose, mimosa and orchid.

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Receiving investment ‘wave’ from Japan

Submitted on February 26, 2020 by Mr. Huynh Dang Phuc of 5SLN in USA

Tuesday, 2020-02-25 16:47:15

NDO – A survey on business conditions of Japanese companies in Asia and Oceania released by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in Hanoi showed optimistic signals that 63.9 % of Japanese enterprises in Vietnam are planning to expand their business in the coming years. In case of business relocation, Vietnam is the first choice of Japanese enterprises (accounting for 42.3% of enterprises).

Thus, this is the third consecutive year, Vietnam has become an attractive destination to Japanese investors and these enterprises continue to place high expectations on the potential and growth possibility of the Vietnamese economy.

During the 30-year period of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), capital inflow from Japan has always occupied an important position, which has been increasingly diverse and pouring into areas that Vietnam is paying much attention to.

Japanese enterprises are evaluated to operate effectively and seriously while complying well with the laws of Vietnam, contributing to promoting economic growth and creating jobs for locals.

Working style and skills of Japanese enterprises are always appreciated while Japanese investment projects in Vietnam run effectively with good technologies. Japanese investment is considered a high-quality capital flow and has become a model for the cooperation relationship between Vietnamese enterprises and FDI enterprises.

In particular, Japan has maintained a high and stable rate of investment in Vietnam and has always been one of the two leading FDI countries in Vietnam for many years.

But in 2019, investment capital from Japan decreased to the fourth position in the list of countries and territories investing in Vietnam, the lowest position in the past five years. Notably, this decline occurred in the context that Japan has continued to increase investment in Asian countries.

On a global scale, Japan has replaced the US to become the world’s largest country investing abroad as it has maintained an investment scale of more than US$100 billion over the past eight years.

While many companies have been moving out of China, Vietnam is still not in the choice of large enterprises because Vietnam remains at the middle level of the regional and global production chains. This fact requires more effort from Vietnam to attract Japanese investment as expected.

For many years, recommendations of Japanese enterprises have focused on improving the investment and business environment, developing supporting industries and improving the quality of labour training.

Investors believe that the biggest risk they may face is the unilateral withdraw of incentives when policies change, complicated and overlapped administrative procedures, limited supply of electricity, and delays in investment and payment for infrastructure projects.

56% of enterprises also said that they still encountered difficulties in purchasing components, accessories and materials from the Vietnamese market even though they wish to expand purchasing from the domestic market and this rate hasn’t changed compared to previous years.

In order to take full advantage of and absorb the ‘wave’ of Japanese investment as well as attracting new-generation FDI capital, the Government needs to improve the institution and remove difficulties and obstacles that enterprises have recommended.

In particular, special attention should be paid to comprehensive solutions regarding enhancing the business environment, improving labour quality and developing supporting industries.

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ietnam licenses 460 US meat producers: deputy minister of agriculture

Submitted on February 26, 2020 by Mr. Huynh Dang Phuc of 5SLN in USA

Wednesday, 2020-02-26 12:24:16

NDO - Vietnam has granted licenses to 460 US meat producers and another 210 companies applying to export seafood to Vietnam, according to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh.

Doanh revealed the information during a working meeting with US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud on February 24.

The deputy minister added that Vietnam has also approved the export of six types of US fresh fruit to Vietnam, namely cherry, pear, grape, apple, blueberry and orange, and is assessing the biological safety risks with four other fruits.

At the meeting with US officials, as part of his working visit to the US, Deputy Minister Doanh asked the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to soon recognise the Hanoi Irradiation Centre and Toan Phat Irradiation Company as eligible for fresh lychee irradiation so that Vietnamese exporters can reduce costs from transporting the fruit to southern irradiation centres.

He also called for US inclusion of vapor heat treatment to sterilise fresh fruits exported to the US, in addition to irradiation, and to finalise risk assessment procedures so that Vietnamese pomelo can be exported to the US.

The US Department of Agriculture is expected to send a delegation to Vietnam from March 2-13 to conduct a periodical review of Vietnam’s catfish products.

Vietnam pledges cooperation during the review and ensures that Vietnamese catfish exported to the US are high quality, safe and reasonably priced.

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Door opened for Vietnamese fresh lychee exports to Japan

Submitted on February 20, 2020 by Mr. Huynh Dang Phuc of 5SLN in USA

Source: Nhan Dan Online

NDO -Japan has officially opened the door for Vietnamese lychee to directly enter this market in the 2020 crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) informed the MARD’s Plant Protection Department of its opening market for Vietnamese “thieu” lychee associated with regulations on plant quarantine in late December 2019.

Thus, lychee is the fourth fresh fruit of Vietnam, after dragon fruit, mango, and banana allowed to be imported into the Japanese market - one of the world’s most demanding markets in regards to quality standards and food hygiene and safety.

This is a great opportunity to stabilise the production and consumption of lychee while reducing the oversupply during peak harvesting times. In particular, this opportunity is more important in the complicated development of the Covid-19 epidemic that has cause heavy impacts on many types of Vietnamese agricultural products that are currently not being exported to China and some other markets.

However, many stricter requirements are set for our country's lychee growing areas, especially for main lychee hubs such as Hai Duong and Bac Giang, to change their production methods to properly and fully meet the most stringent standards of the Japanese market.

The Plant Protection Department has issued documents guiding localities to proactively and quickly implement requests from partners, particularly accelerating the process of granting areas codes and ensuring the traceability of farming areas.

Accordingly, the minimum registered area is 5ha per coded area and the rate of lychee trees flowering in the coded area is from 70%. In addition, the production diary of lychee gardens must be kept in a record and inspected and granted a code by the Plant Protection Department.

The lychee farming gardens must also apply control methods to deal with Bactrocera dorsalis and absolutely not use plant protection drugs on the banned list.

Furthermore, the package and fumigate of lychee fruits must comply with the regulations on plant quarantine of the MAFF.

Thus, Vietnamese localities with large lychee farming areas should have plans to connect enterprises with planting areas and managing plant quarantine before exporting while monitoring the planting areas and the implementation of other necessary conditions.

In addition, authorised agencies must make efforts to facilitate the implementation of administrative procedures regarding the export of the fruit while farmers should raise their awareness in production and exporters raise their accountability in export activities.

Farmers should strictly abide by importers’ regulations on the production process and exporters must ensure the buying of products meeting all the set requirements to ensure the long-term reputation of Vietnamese lychee as well as other agricultural products that are under negotiation to be exported to other countries.

The penetration into such a fastidious market will be a driving force for Vietnamese agricultural products to escape dependence on established markets and gain confidence to compete at a global level.

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Submitted on January 19, 2020 by Jordi Baez of 5SLN in USA

Dear associates, due to the strong rain and wind storms in West Mediterranean area, we expect delays at arrivals & departures of all vessels calling Marseille/Fos, Barcelona and Valencia ports until end of this week. Most terminals will be closed or low going.

HIGH ACCESS LOGISTICS - ANNOUNCEMENT on Saudi Port Authority regulations w.e.f. 27th June 2019

Submitted on May 30, 2019 by Yousuf Mohamed of 5SLN in USA

According to the Saudi Port Authority regulations, the shipping agents must obtain/ keep records of a copy of the freight forwarders’ license copy issued by the Saudi Public Transport Authority (PTA) if the consignee or notifying party on the bill of lading is a freight forwarder. The regulation will come into effect immediately and shall be strictly enforced for all imports, exports and in-transit shipment after 27th Jun 2019. 


If the Shipping Line fails to confirm there is a penalty in the case of breach of this regulation, a fine of (SR50,000) Fifty Thousand Saudi Riyals per shipment (about US$13,500). The merchant shall be fully responsible for all the fines and/ or penalty for non-compliance. In the case of import shipments, the forwarder shall show proof of the license to Saudi Arabia COSCO agent (Alireza) at the time of delivery together with original bills of lading in exchange for delivery order. During the interim period before enforcement, original LOI would be accepted in lieu of the copy of the license. Effective from 28 Jun, LOI is no longer accepted and carrier could only accept cargo from licensed forwarders only. 


Based on this requirement of shipment to Saudi Arabia,


The following information is for your reference.



Consignee: Forwarder, Saudi Arabia

Notify Party: Forwarder, Saudi Arabia



Consignee: To Order

Notify Party: Forwarder, Saudi Arabia


Kindly check with us if you have any shipments import / export from Saudi Arabia.

We hold our freight forwarder license issued by Public Transport Authority of Saudi Arabia. This will help your customer(s) from various blockages from shipping lines. 




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Tight Trucking Market USA

Submitted on February 8, 2018 by Steve Dew of Interglobal Forwarders in USA

The USA trucking capacity is currently very tight and we are facing challenges and increasing cost in FCL, LCL, and Intermodal Trucking.  Some Factors at the root of this issue include: * Qualified Truck Driver Availability * Federal Government Mandated ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) * High Economic Demand.  All of these factors combined with several severe winter weather conditions in various parts of USA have combined to create maybe the tightest trucking capacity I have seen in 20 years.  This trend may continue for some time to come so plan ahead and allow extra time for trucking arrangements.