Frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus and your cargo

March 19, 2020

There continues to be a lot of volatility and uncertainty. Tomorrow, everything could change again. So this blog post answers frequently asked questions with the knowledge MYC have on the 19/03/20.

Will there be increased border security or a lock-down?

No, is the short answer. Not anytime soon, anyway. Here’s why:

The World Health Organisation recommends people who are infected to go into isolation for 14 days. They say, after this two-week period, the virus won’t be in your system. So you won’t be contagious.

They recommend ships and cargo do the same, which is where the confusion lies. But, with cargo, the quarantine-time is less than humans. Cardboard only needs 24 hours in isolation. And steel is 72 hours.

And seeing as cargo takes 14 days to ship from China or most other places in the world, the cargo has already been in isolation for the recommended amount of time.  So cargo is already safe upon reaching our shores.

If this changes, we will let you know. But, in the meantime, you can take a deep breath knowing your cargo isn’t going to be stuck at the borders.

Is China back up and running?

Yes. China is fully operational.

Factories and shipping lines stopped for 6 weeks. That was a combination of a yearly two-week holiday for Chinese New Year, as well as a few more weeks due to coronavirus.

But now,  everything—as far as factories and shipping go—is back to normal.

Obviously, there is a huge back-log of orders. So, due to high demand, there continues to be delays. But, we are expecting the curve to flatten out. Everything should go back to business-as-usual soon.

Again, we will let you know if that changes.

What about contamination?

Again, according to the World Health Organisation, the virus disappears after 24 hours in cardboard and 72 hours in steel.

And again, by the time your cargo has travelled from the factory to your door, any traces of the virus would have already left.

So you don’t have to worry about catching anything from your cargo.

How do we know all this?

We have a few officials we can contact in emergencies. But mostly, we are getting updates from the World Health Organisation.

We recommend you get your info there, too. Don’t trust tabloids, word on the street, or discussion boards on random internet sites.

And what about us, at MYC?

We are a tight-knit team who prefers to work together to help clients like you. But we can just as easily work remotely and from home, too.

So if the government takes further provisionary action, we will be running like any other day of the year.

But, of course, we will let you know if that changes.


The world is in a state of disarray. Now is the time to band together, to look after each other, to show generosity. And, above all, stay calm.

We offer sincere condolences to anyone who has been affected by this catastrophe.

If you need further advice, please speak to any of our expert team members. 


The MYC team.


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