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Update on the coronavirus – 11 march

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Update 11 maart 2020

The management of the Bas Group finds it very important to inform you of the most recent coronavirus developments in Italy.

Decree by the Italian Government
The Italian government has announced emergency measures nationwide with immediate effect, which will remain in place until 2 April 2020. The region of Lombardy and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro-Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cussio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padova, Treviso and Venice are ‘red’ zones, meaning that people are not permitted to travel. The other provinces are ‘orange’ zones, meaning that movement is restricted to essential travel only (work or medical matters). With these measures, the government attempts to restrict travel as much as possible and to further contain the spread of the virus.

As yet, there are NO restrictions as regards goods transport. The borders are open and companies continue to operate.

Additional measures by Bas Group
Immediately after the first coronavirus contagions occurred in Italy, the BAS Group took concrete measures which are contained in a temporary procedure.

  • Sphere/communications/etc.;
    • Keeping things under control
    • On request, customers will receive any information applicable at the time.
  • Keeping a finger on the pulse;
    • Our offices in the Netherlands and Italy are continuously monitoring the developments.
  • Coordination;
    • Every time we need to load or unload in a risky area, our office in Italy will call the relevant company and check whether it can be reached and if it is open
    • If yes, the transport will be carried out
    • If a shipment cannot be delivered, we will temporarily store the relevant shipment in our warehouse in Cambiago (IT), of course only in coordination and consultation with the client. As soon as the company can be reached and is open, the shipment will be delivered.
  • Instructions to drivers to and from Italy;
    • Each driver has been extensively instructed orally and in writing on how to act (safely and hygienically) when loading and/or unloading in a risky area. Examples include washing and disinfecting your hands multiple times, correctly using the face masks, and keeping your distance from others
    • Each driver has an FFP1 and/or FFP2 face mask and hand disinfectant liquid on hand.
  • Transport between Italy and the Benelux;
    • We will transport goods as much as possible (90%) by train. Only if there is no other option we will travel by road
    • For that reason, drivers from Italy will only come to the Netherlands or Belgium and vice versa if strictly necessary.
  • At the office:
    • All office staff in Italy and the Netherlands have been instructed appropriately on how to act (safely and hygienically):
      • to wash and disinfect their hands frequently, to avoid direct contact with drivers and visitors
      • desk clerks can provide face masks to external drivers and ask them to wear them during their visit to our company
      • postpone and replace external movements after consultation by phone.

There is sufficient reason to believe that the coronavirus outbreak will not be restricted to Italy. If new developments affecting your shipments will occur, we will inform you in this way again .

If you have any questions at any time about the effects of the coronavirus on the transport of your shipments to a specific country or area, please contact us.

Ton van de Donk
General Manager Operations
Bas Group

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