The coronavirus COVID-19 logistics update

Dear Saloodo! customers,

the exponential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 affects us all. Logistics, as a sensitive indicator of the situation of the economy and society, is also feeling the consequences.

One thing is certain: Even in these difficult times, Saloodo! remains fully operational for you! As a digital freight platform, our processes have always been not only fast. smart. reliable, but also paperless, automated and very quickly adaptable, to ensure that your transports will continue and that everyone gets the goods they need.

For you, this means you will always get the same quality and service that you expect from us. What’s more, thanks to our worldwide logistics network, we have a lot of up-to-date information on the situation of transport and logistics in the individual countries effected.

We will share this information with you on this page, so that you are well prepared and can plan your supply chain despite the coronavirus COVID-19.

We are convinced that Saloodo! is well prepared for all challenges that are currently waiting for us and those that may still come.

You can rely on us!

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

KSA reduces Transit Visa issuance except for trucks carrying food, Medicine and Relief Material

*Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

KSA Transit visa restrictions limits cross border movements by road. Shipments from UAE to KW, BH , Jordan, EG impacted and Vice versa.

*Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Huge delays for Ferry use at EG-KSA border due to ongoing health inspections.

*Source: Clearing agents at border

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

All imports and Exports to and from KSA working normally. All other countries export and import is banned except for Food, medicine and relief cargo.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

All borders are closed now against the Egyptian drivers except Jordan as they are passing the food and medical staff through Nuibaa in addition to that expected delays will happen according to curfew timing.

Source: Official decree

UPDATE: 08.04.2020

Likoni Ferry movement in Mombasa will be suspended from Thursday (09-April-2020). This will affect logistics services to Tanzania via Lunga Lunga border.

Source: Kenya Gov’t (Freight Forwarders Association)

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

All entry and exit transit points on the borders working with limited movements. Rwanda borders are closed for all movements.

Source: Government Notification

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

All imports and Exports to and from KSA working normally. All other countries export and import is banned except for Food, medicine and relief cargo.

Source:  Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

24/7 Curfew decree has been modified with curfew from 3 PM until 7 AM as per media interview by Libyain Army Minister.

Source: Libya- Media Report

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

24/7 Curfew decree has been issued today from Benghazi Authority which will be effective from 23rd of March till 3rd of April.

Source: Ministry of Interior, Libya

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

Oman Government restricts movements of Oman registered trucks and personal to go in or out of the country.

Source: Oman Media

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

All Borders working seamlessly for Import and export from UAE

Source: Clearing agents at border

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

OM government requests residents to follow self Quarantine and work from home for safety and limiting social gathering

Source: DHL Staff in OM

UPDATE: 08.04.2020

Precautions taken regarding the movement of shipment in the land customs outlets:

a) The mechanism for controlling commercial traffic and the entry of the drivers of cargo trucks to the Kingdom and those who pass through them to other countries (INTRASIT), obligates the importers and transport companies to prepare and equip when transporting their goods at land ports by replacing the drivers or changing truck heads when transporting goods at land ports within a week from its date. The excluded items from this are the basic commodities, which include (food, medicine, and medical and relief supplies).

b) Saudi chamber requests all merchants, exporters, and carriers, the importance of relying on maritime and air transport, and that road transport be within the limits of extreme necessity.

Following process to be undertaken:-

a) The truck and its consignments are allowed to enter the Kingdom in which the importer or carrier insures another driver (employee or resident in the Kingdom) and the procedures for entering the truck and consignment are completed with the alternative driver. The procedures for returning the main truck driver to the country from which he came from are completed, and the driver’s exit movement is automatically recorded on foot in the NEBRAS system.

b) To enter the trailer that carries the consignment in which the importer or the carrier secures another truck head from inside the Kingdom to transport the consignment from the customs yard with its trailer and ends its customs procedures with the information of the truck head and the replacement driver and the main truck head and driver is returned to the country from which it was submitted with its departure from the Customs Security Department and returning the vehicle, along with the registration number and specifications of the replacement truck in the registration notes.

Below is mandatory to be followed:-

1) Trucks and consignments are waiting in the external yard of the customs order section, and the procedures for entering them are not completed until after the importer or the carrier has submitted a letter to the customs to ensure that he is ready and ready to replace the driver with another driver or replace the truck head.

2) Granting a specific deadline for waiting trucks and consignments in the external arena in the Customs Security Department, provided that the period does not exceed twenty-four hours from the date of the customs declaration in the country of destination. In the event that the deadline expires without the importer or carrier submitting the required letter, the truck and the consignment are returned to their source.

Source: Saudi Customs

UPDATE: 07.04.2020

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imposed a 24 hour curfew in the capital city Riyadh and a number of cities effective immediately and until further notice. The cities under lockdown are Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Al-Hofuf, Jeddah , Taif, Al-Qatif and Al-Khobar. Exit and Entry between cities is still under ban.

Source: Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia

UPDATE: 05.04.2020

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia changes curfew timings to start from 3Pm to 6am.

Source: Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

KSA and UAE authorities have stopped issuing visa to drivers traveling from UAE to KSA or vice versa at border. Drivers needs to have valid visa on their passport and in case they do not have valid visa then drivers need to get their visa from the consulate of the origin country before dispatching.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Regarding the entrance of trucks from Jordan to KSA, It will be limited to Saudi , Jordanian drivers and Drivers who have valid residence Visa and license valid in KSA.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Truck drivers with cargo delivery to KSA should obtain Visas through KSA embassies or consulates in the countries they are coming from and same will not be issued at point of KSA access. Drivers will be given only 96 hours to transit KSA for final destination.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Transit Truck drivers should obtain Visas through KSA embassies or consulates in the countries they are coming from and same will not be issued at point of KSA access. Drivers will be given only 96 hours to transit KSA for final destination.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Truck drivers will be subject to inspection before passing the access and who are infected with Covid-19 shall be returned back and same will be done once exiting from the access.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

KSA announces necessary precautions for containment and prevention of Covid-19 from spreading by reducing the passing of transit trucks through the territorial access of KSA. KSA will only allow trucks holding basic goods such as food , Medicine and relief shipments to pass through.

Source: Council of Saudi Chamber- KSA

UPDATE: 29.03.2020

Zimbabwe Border: Our borders will remain open for commercial business. There is a border closer for human traffic except for returning residents who will be quarantined for fourteen days.

Source: Communication with Border Agents

UPDATE: 29.03.2020

Namibia Border: South African Borders, including Air Travel to remain open to serve as points of entry for Namibians returning home and exit point for visitors from Namibia, and to facilitate trade between the two countries.

A temporary travel suspension for 30 days for Namibians or Permanent Residents functionaries except for special cases with prior authorization with Ministry of Health and Social Services and Home Affairs and Immigration. Exceptional cases will include, persons seeking medical treatment, essential services like humanitarian assistance, truck drivers bringing food and other essential commodities, Namibians returning among others.

Source: Government Notification-South Africa & Namibia

UPDATE: 29.03.2020

Eswatini Border: Following the announcement by the South African Government of a lockdown, Government (Eswatini) advises that only goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents will be allowed through our borders. Non-essential travel between towns, cities and regions of the country is not permissible, except for medical reasons or to provide or acquire essential services. Transport of food and goods will be allowed.

Source: Government Notification-South Africa & Eswatini

UPDATE: 29.03.2020

Botswana Border: Border with Bostwana only open for essential commodities such as food,medical supplies, fuel and Agricultural supplies. Truck drivers in transit to other countries must be allowed in the country, however they will be subjected to specific quarantine protocols that would not hamper their transit.

Source: Government Notification-South Africa & Botswana

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

At 23:59 on Thursday 26 March 2020, South Africa will go on a nationwide lock-down with the exception of essential services. This is envisaged to last until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Source: Media Address by Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa

UPDATE: 01.04.2020

Habur Border only allowing trailers to pass to IQ. Vehicles unloading by Iraqi drivers only allowed.

Source: Border Agent

UPDATE: 05.04.2020

Dubai government announces 24 hour sterilisation drive in the Dubai from 04-April-2020 8:00 PM for 2 weeks with restricted cargo movements for only essential segments.

Source: Government of Dubai

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