In Spain, the measures for the lockdown, which have now been in force for 2 weeks, have become even stricter over the past weekend and the economy has almost come to a standstill. The reason for this is
the increasing number of deaths from the coronavirus, especially in the regions of Madrid and Catalonia. The measures include the closure of all non-essential businesses. The population is only allowed to leave the house for ‘essential work’ and to go buy food.
By only allowing travel for essential work, Spain follows the example of Italy. Indispensable sectors include agriculture, the food industry, health care and the media. Transport for the benefit of those industries will also continue to be permitted.
These additional measures are initially effective until Easter Sunday, April 12.
We also repeat our urgent request: if you intend to send a shipment anywhere in Europe in the coming weeks, please first check whether the loading and unloading addresses are open for collections and deliveries.
You are therewith doing all stakeholders a huge pleasure and you save yourself high extra costs if it turns out that a shipment cannot be delivered.
In certain cases, we may have to deviate from existing rates, especially if we must deliver smaller volumes to certain areas. It is also possible that lead times cannot always be met.
We rely on your understanding and cooperation.
Best regards, on behalf of the management of the BAS Group
Ton van de Donk
General Manager Operations