C2C Group Statement: Coronavirus Epidemic &
Alternative to China Supply
For Immediate Release: 10.2.2020
Dear Stakeholders & Clients
With escalating contamination, the full impact of the Coronavirus is not yet known.
We are closely monitoring the situation with our suppliers and staff in China and working to determine what impact this will have on our supply of uniforms to sporting and school communities.
The situation is very fluid with increasing cases being reported inside and outside of China.
Factories, corporations and government are taking measures to guard against its spread and at this stage are not confident in employees returning to work for fear of contamination.
The factors below may impact our delivery schedule.
- Chinese Government extended the Chinese New Year (CNY) break by 7 days to 10 February 2020
- Some factories have been ordered not to open on February 10th. Significant penalties including prison have been advised for those disobeying these directives.
- Local city councils in China have asked all people traveling between cities and provinces to stay home for self quarantine for 14 days before they are able to return to work.
- C2C has advised our office staff who were due to travel, to work from home and we expect them to be online and working tomorrow 11.2.2020.
- Across all industries, logistics and transport will be impacted due to lower number of employees and too little stock available for shipping. This will create a flood of products for dispatch and need for 3rd party inputs, when the threat is under control, potentially causing further delays.
- Australian Federal Government agencies have advised ship’s crew that if they have joined a ship, or have been ashore in mainland China and returned to the vessel from 1 February, they will not be permitted to come ashore in Australia within the 14-day window from last being in China. If any individual member of the crew has been ashore in China and boarded the ship from 1 February, the entire crew will be required to remain on the vessel for the 14 day quarantine period. For vessels, this means that they must remain at sea or off the coast of Australia for 14 days from when they left China. This tactic, which is beneficial in protecting the health of Australian citizens who work at the port and ship pilots, will cause delays and have a significant impact on vessel arrivals. While this is likely to impact all vessels based on delays and port congestion, in particular, this will impact express services to Australia and New Zealand where the transit time is less than 14 days.
This will also affect Airfreight out of China.
We appreciate your understanding and will keep you updated.
Our thoughts are with the families and communities of those affected by the virus during this very difficult time.
Our staff are safe and well and their protection is of the highest importance.
Alternative Supply Options Outside China Available
C2C do have secondary supply options outside of China, which we can arrange your product supply from.
Variation should be expected with fabric, colour and finish.
A sample will be made for approval to alleviate as many of these issues as possible.
Contacts for Queries Regarding Delivery Impacts
Please contact your sales representative or the below
Suzie Xiong – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ella Jiang – email@example.com
Jackie Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02 6581 1558