CILT COVID-19 Bulletin 05


This is our fifth bulletin to help keep members informed of global best practice responses to the current crisis. In this issue, our focus now turns to the global supply chain.

Once again, we are using our international reach to bring you information on how different regions and countries are responding to the logistics and transport challenges we face. This will be followed by our webinar on the same subject. Please see below for details or visit the international website to listen to the recording.

There were many immediate challenges to shipping goods successfully as countries faced lockdowns and set up border restrictions. Many of these barriers still exist, so, as professionals operating across borders and regions, we are already adapting and responding. As supply chains react, longer term questions are being asked on international sourcing and security of supply. This will bring into play the need for multiple sourcing of key materials and components. Security of supply will be more important than cost and efficiency in many cases. Our supply chain world has already changed dramatically. It will change more in the coming months.

Stay on top of these changes with CILT, and let us learn and understand from those around us.

Keith Newton
International Secretary General


Covid-19 Best Practice Responses

During the Covid-19 pandemic we are sharing business responses and implemented ideas from all around the world. These bulletins will cover many areas and practices and we hope you will respond by converting useful ones into your work situations, discarding any that are not relevant and feeding back new ideas and questions that arise as a result. 

Impact on cross border trade and international trade between North America and the world: Canada

Members of CILT North America analyse the effect of Covid-19 on businesses, logistics and supply chains in their region. Read more

Creating a pandemic resilient supply chain: India

Indian Railways Traffic Service develops a single window logistics solution for pandemic lockdowns. Read more

‘Goodbye to globalisation’ but ‘hallo to the supply chain’?: Sri Lanka

Never before have supply chain experts been more in demand or the importance of their expertise placed more highly. Read more

Much work still to do in global shipping: Malaysia

As factories resume production and consumer demand increases in countries coming out of lockdown we need to resolve the restrictions on global shipping. Read more

Effects on shipping and the global supply chain: International

One of the most problematic knock-on effects of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been the restricted availability of labour, and by extension the inability to manufacture and transport goods. Read more

CILT and FTA launch working good practice guide: UK

Practical advice on how UK logistics businesses can restart their operations safely, effectively and quickly as the nation emerges from lockdown. Read more

To contact the CILT international team with questions, or for support, email Keith Newton, International Secretary General.


Share Your Experience

This week International President Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek would like members and country offices to consider and comment on Business Continuity and the Ongoing Management of Risk, and feedback a summary of their current experience and understanding on this topic to Keith Newton, by the end of Friday 5th June 2020.

As previously, your submissions will be used to generate a series of Covid-19 Best Practice Responses on the international website which will then be collated into our next Covid-19 Response Bulletin on Thursday 11th June 2020. An international webinar discussion will follow on Wednesday 17th June.


Join the Discussion: Safe Practices in Passenger Transport Networks

Our third international webinar was held last week on the theme Safe Practices in Passenger Transport Networks.  Guest Speaker Dr Dorothy Chan, MTR Board Member, focused on urban / city multimodal passenger transport and the response in Hong Kong, Jon Harris, North Western Trains, discussed the rail network response in the UK, and Colin Kingham, Yarra Trams, considered tram and bus passenger transport and the network response in Australia. Click the arrow on the image below to watch the full discussion.



Join the Discussion: Global Shipping and the Supply Chain

Our next international webinar on the theme of Global Shipping and the Supply Chain will be held on Wednesday 3rd June and the recording will be published to the international website by Monday 8th June.

Guest Speaker Romesh David,  Chief Executive Officer at South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltdwill examine the likely impacts on container shipping lines of the fall in trade volumes on the Asia/South Asia-Europe container routes, and the potential ensuing impacts on trans-shipment ports in the South East/South Asian regions.

Mr. HO Lap Kee, Sunny, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council will consider the immediate impact to operators and potential changes in global supply chains, that might be brought by the Covid-19 epidemic.

Bob Armstrong, Supply Chain Consultant will be reviewing the implications on the movement of goods during the Covid-19 pandemic including the implications of global supply chains on North America and the world.


Event Updates

Africa Forum 

Africa Forum has been re-scheduled for 3rd  – 5th  March 2021 at La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The conference theme is Sustainable Implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement: The Role of Logistics, Transport and Industry. Read more

International Convention 

International Convention will now take place from 20th – 23rd June 2021 in Perth, Australia under the theme Integrated. Automated. Localised. On-Demand Logistics for the World of Tomorrow. Read more

Stay in Touch

Please keep in touch with us via our social media platforms and website. Online communications are increasingly important, especially during times of social isolation, and this is an easy way of engaging with the Institute and the latest developments in our industry globally.


Alongside our sharing of best practice we also want to share good news stories, and logistics and transport stories of international interest for members to engage with. If you’d like us to share your story, article, or podcast please get in touch at: [email protected]


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