Protocol for reopening operations and activities

Posted June 02, 2020 at 13:06 pm


Since the beginning of preventive measures in different regions of the world due to the COVID 19 pandemic, freight transport has had to adapt to the new dynamics, the market has demonstrated its high dependence on Chinese trade as one of the largest exporters of goods and importers of raw materials, so the global effect for the COVID 19 phenomenon has caused the activity of ports and demand for goods to decrease, also the accumulations that the industries are presenting.
At the present time many of the government actions about mandatory isolations have left the free transit of goods and active trading activities, but it has been shown that in several places only the operations of essential goods and services are those that still maintained at 100%.
World trade could fall 32% in 2020 due to the pandemic, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The shipping industry and air trade must be prepared for the inevitable impact that will result in the possible reduction of sets of ships, trips and flights, with a decrease in the volume of goods and port or airport restrictions.

Structured reopening in operations

Spain began to reopen from april 13, just like Germany , Austria and Czech Republic, Italy and France have gradually reactivated their activities, In the American continent specifically in the center and south, Brazil and Mexico have maintained flexible restrictions during the pandemic and other such as Argentina, Colombia and Chile are making progressive activations of theirs economies.

Items to be taken into account

• Increase flexibility of confinement measures. "Intelligent isolation“.
• Strengthening of the health system and prevention in order to better manage the situation.
• Financial support from the government for companies that need to maintain economic solvency, preserve jobs and maintain productive capacity.
• Restriction to shops, mass transport and assembly sites.
• Activities sensitive to the economy and its labor participation.

Recommendations for transporters Structured reopening in operations

• The company must organize schedules to maintain the space of safety at work, considering possibilities of redistribution of tasks.
• It´s recommended to facilitate telecommuting and meetings by telephone or videoconference.
• Maintain sufficient reserves of cleaning material for workers and for the disinfection of workspaces.
• Develop a contingency plan that identifies the increased risk of exposure to the virus in operational activities and adapts protective measures.
• It’s recommended to carry out regular ventilation tasks in the operating installations, at least once a day for five minutes.
• If it’s necessary to make use of work uniforms, when they are removed, should be packed in plastic bag and left directly at their washing place.
• The management of ordinary waste will continue to be carried out in the usual manner, respecting waste separation protocols.
• All protective material for humans must be deposited at a specific location. (Biological Risk).
• The return of activities should be guided by the principle of risk minimization.
• Staggered entry to work must be organized to avoid crowds on public transport and at the entrance to workplaces.
• The company must provide the personal protective equipment in accordance with the operation carried out, where the risks can’t be sufficiently limited by technical means of protection.
• Have supervision of operations by intensifying communication with process managers, whether shipping, carriers or airlines
• Consider delays or interruptions that may occur in operations due to government and operational constraints in the region.
• Maintain strict controls and processes of cleaning and disinfection for all vehicles or cargo elements.
• Prepare a contingency plan due to reduced demand, financial problems supporting adaptation to the changing market.