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The East Asia Region of Nippon Express Co., Ltd. reported that it has begun providing Business Continuity Plan (BCP) solutions, utilising a full range of transport modes, to cope with the various restrictions that have been imposed on logistics within China since the novel coronavirus outbreak began.

The spread of novel coronavirus infections has seriously impeded logistics in China, with the number of flights to/from and within the country reduced substantially, restrictions placed on truck traffic between provinces/cities and restrictions imposed on loading/unloading cargo at international railway stations within China.

Nippon Express, at the behest of its customers, is providing BCP solutions by developing alternate routes and utilising and/or combining various transport modes to help customers maintain their business operations. The company is working with four BCP solutions, which are designed to cope with various restrictions:

SEA&AIR Service is designed to cope with the temporary suspension/reduction of flights from China. This service offers multimodal door-to-door transport combining maritime transport from Shanghai Port to Tokyo Port with consolidated air cargo transport from Narita Airport to destinations in Europe or the Americas.

Collaborative Service is designed to manage the temporary suspension/reduction of flights from China and the restrictions imposed on domestic trucking within China, this service offers transport that links up cross-border rail transport service between China and Europe with domestic rail transport between East China and Xian.

SEA&RAIL Service is designed to tackle restrictions imposed on trucking within China and with shortages of vehicles and drivers, this SEA&RAIL service combines rail transport from the inland cities of Chongqing/Chengdu to Ningbo Port (Eastern Corridor) or Qinzhou Port (Southern Corridor) with maritime transport from these ports to Japan or to Southeast Asia and Europe.

Service Utilising Coastal Shipping Between Coastal Cities service is designed to cope with the reduction of flights within China, restrictions imposed on domestic trucking, and shortages of vehicles and drivers.

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