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Typhoon Lekima


China was struck by the third-largest typhoon in its history on the morning of August 10. Typhoon Lekima triggered widespread blackouts, flight cancellations, and evacuations across major cities. Approximately  625 flights at airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu were due to be cancelled according to  the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Shipments may be delayed as the effects of Typhoon Lekima play out across China for both air and sea carriers.  Cancellation of flights will cause potential ongoing space issue as the backlog is addressed. There is also potential for rate hikes to meet this market demand. Our teams will address each shipment case by case for best client results and liaise with you directly should your supply chain be adversely effected.

Typhoon Season 2019

On May 7, the Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) issued their first forecast for the season, predicting that the 2019 season would be a slightly above average season, producing 27 named storms, 17 typhoons, and ten intense typhoons. One of the factors behind this analysis due to the possible development of a moderate El Niño anticipated within the third quarter of the year

On July 5, the TSR released their second forecast for the season, now lowering their numbers and predicting that the season would be a below-average season with 25 named storms, 15 typhoons, and eight intense typhoons. The PAGASA issued their second forecast for the season on July 15, predicting six to nine tropical cyclones expected to develop or enter their area between July and September and about three to five tropical cyclones by September to December. The agency also predicted that the weak El Niño was expected to weaken towards neutral conditions by August and September 2019. On August 7, the TSR released their final forecast for the season, predicting a near-normal season with 26 named storms, 16 typhoons and eight intense typhoons.

During typhoon season there is always a risk of cargo delay, vessel delay, flight cancellations and cargo damage due to wet weather . While negative impacts are difficult to avoid in entirety we encourage you to speak to suppliers in relation to risk assessment of cargo protection and ensuring early bookings to minimise potential delay.

Should you have any further queries on the above subject matter please contact your customer service representative directly.