Cologne, 05-05-2021Closed shops through lockdown again


Current effects of the pandemic on supply chains

Update to the effect due to the Corona pandemic regarding transports/transport contracts

All Emons sites have so far been operating without restrictions. We handle your shipments with our usual high quality. You will find the right answer to many questions in our FAQOf course we are still here for you! Please feel free to contact your local contact person with your questions and requirements. We will take care of your request with priority and try everything necessary to find a solution for you.
Freight transports to most risk areas are still possible. Due to controls long waiting times occur at the borders. As a precautionary measure, please plan for more transit time.

UPDATE / reminder due to the second lockdown in many countries
As the ordering party and sender, you are responsible for handing over to us only goods that the recipient can accept. Therefore, please clarify before dispatch whether your goods can be delivered safely. It is not possible for us to store undeliverable shipments over a longer period of time, otherwise the handling in our depots will come to a deadlock. Unfortunately, we have to return undeliverable shipments to you at your expense.


In the following we will keep you informed about the latest developments.

In order to maintain the supply, drivers are expressly exempt from most restrictions such as quarantine, tests, etc. European supply chains are increasingly recovering after restrictions are relaxed. The departure frequencies to most countries are just slightly restricted. The transit times have mostly been normalized.

Germany - UPDATE
From March 8, 2021, retail stores are allowed to reopen depending on the 7-day incidence uner 100. If the incidence is between 100 and 150, appointment shopping with a test is possible. Above an incidence of 150, only Click & Collect. Hairdressers are allowed to reopen on March 1st, 2021.

Health food stores, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car and bicycle workshops, banks and savings banks, post offices, dry cleaners, laundromats, newsagents, feedstuff markets, Christmas tree sales and wholesalers will remain open. Cosmetic studios, massage practices, tattoo studios and similar businesses will remain closed.

The Emons network in Germany is fully functional. All branches and partners are working as usual.

As a system-relevant company, we are increasingly there for you, especially during the crisis. Please also contact us if we can do anything for you beyond the normal cooperation; no matter whether it concerns staff, storage space or transport.

The retail trade is open.

The retail trade is partially allowed to reopen under conditions from 1.3.2021.

France - UPDATE
From April 3rd, 2021, non-essential shops in France will be closed for 4 weeks.The remaining shops are expected to open in mid-May.


All shops will be open again from March 8th, 2021.

Greece - UPDATE
From April 6, 2021, shops with restrictions (SMS, appointment, customers per m² and maximum) may reopen. This only applies to less polluted regions. The map shows the polluted regions in orange, red and dark red.

Great Britain
Shops in England are allowed to reopen from April 12, 2021. Other British parts of the country mostly follow the regulations in England. From November 5th, 2020 until at least April 11th, all shops in England will be closed except for supermarkets and shops classified as necessary. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had closed most of the shops the week before.

Freight traffic is exempt from the border closings from September 1, 2020.

Ireland - UPDATE
On February 20th, 2021, the lockdown for the retail trade was extended until the beginning of May. From May 4th, the government will consider opening the first stores such as garden centers via Click & Collect.

Italy - UPDATE
From April 12th, 2021, shops will open again in most regions. You can find a map here. Only shops for daily needs are allowed to open in the red zones. Red zones are currently: Aosta Valley

Netherlands - UPDATE
The shops will open again from April 28th, 2021.

2021, many regions have, for instance Oslo, closed all shops that do not sell groceries.


Austria - UPDATE
From May 3rd, 2021 the retail trade opened nationwide again.


As of March 15, 2021, shops will be allowed to offer door sales. From April 5th, 2021, shops up to 200 m² will be allowed to reopen, and from April 19, 2021, larger shops and shopping centers will be allowed to open again.


The retail trade is open. From March 12th, 2021, shops in shopping centers will also be allowed to reopen.


The Covid Automat came into force on February 8th, 2021. Regional openings or lockdowns are regulated via phases.

The stores are closed from December, 19th for probably three weeks. Only grocery stores remain open. The shutdown was extended on March 3rd, 2021.

Most stores will have to close again between April 1 and April 12, 2021.

No lockdown, but severe restrictions on freedom of movement in regions with particularly high numbers of infections.

The shops will be open again from March 1, 2021.

Czech Republic - UPDATE
The retail trade in the Czech Republic will reopen on May 10th, 2021.



Overseas – UPDATE


Ocean freight
The precarious situation continues. This applies to both imports and exports worldwide. That is u. a. because the shipowners took massive amounts of equipment out of Asia-Europe traffic in the summer and used it on more lucrative routes. In addition, exports from China are still booming.
Usable containers are hard to come by, space on ships is overbooked, and confirmed bookings are being rejected. The drop off of empty containers are sometimes no longer accepted at carriers inland depots in Germany. The price is also irrelevant, so far there was still a good chance of loading if the payment was high enough to satisfy the ship owner. This is no longer a guarantee. The alternative options such as Asian rail traffic and truck traffic from China are not an option due to overbooking, problems at the borders and the upcoming weather conditions.

Air freight
It is still a fact that the air freight volume, especially imports from China, is booming. In return, the backbone of air freight - passenger flights - is still reduced by around 90%. Due to the extremely limited space worldwide, there is a very high rate level. The prices are updated almost every hour, mostly upwards. Shipments are often unloaded and forwarded late, despite a confirmed booking.

Where, how and when can we deliver? Emons actively supports the OpenLogistics platform. Each of us has information on whether companies are closed or open. The aim is to consolidate this information and make it available to everyone. Please help us together to build up a recipient database to prevent logistics chains from becoming congested.

Delivery receipts are still required. Protect yourself and our drivers by wearing hygienic gloves when acknowledging and signing on the hand scanner with your own pen without a refill.

The effects of the corona virus on the international transport sector are serious. For information on air and sea freight, please contact your Emons Air & Sea specialists as early as possible!
The information reflects our current state of knowledge and is subject to constant change. We take no liability for the information provided.

Our plea to you: Please continue to grant our drivers access to your sanitary areas to enable the absolutely necessary hygiene measures.

Due to the Corona pandemic and the associated official and economic restrictions, the performance of transports assigned by you may be affected.
This applies in particular to transport to or from risk areas or goods from risk areas. We therefore ask you to observe the following special conditions with immediate effect, which remain part of the transport contract until further notice:
– If fixed loading times are agreed and the sender or loading points specify special protective measures during loading which affect the loading times, the loading times will be extended accordingly. A demurrage claim exists for the period of the delay. The rights according to § 417 HGB remain unaffected.
– If recipients or unloading points make the delivery of the goods dependent on additional protective measures or declarations by our company or the drivers employed, we shall comply with these measures in your interest, unless they are disproportionate. If the measures have an effect on the time and type of unloading (e.g. unloading outside a company site), this shall constitute an obstacle to delivery within the meaning of § 419 HGB (German Commercial Code) and may trigger a demurrage charge in the event of a delay.
– Delivery times shall be extended accordingly by protective measures specified by the sender, recipient or third parties.
– We are exempt from liability according to § 426 HGB (German Commercial Code) if losses, damages or exceeding of delivery times are due to protective measures ordered by the sender, recipient or third parties (especially authorities). This applies in particular to possible driving bans in risk areas and concrete dangers to our driving personnel from a corona virus infection.