Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), suppliers of Sunpower Group Holdings Ltd (SGHL) that are located within the China region have had enforced extended periods of closure following the 2020 Chinese New year.
To re-open their facilities these suppliers have had to apply to local government/authorities with fully implemented epidemic presentation policies and control in place including the daily screening of employees.
SGHL employs the services of DB Schenker to undertake their global logistics and supply chain and they themselves have implemented strict control of warehousing and the transportation of freight (as well as the delay to re-opening of origin offices) to ensure that the COVID-19 virus is not transmitted wherever possible.
Based on the current observations of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) applicable to COVID-19, they are primarily based on the understanding of the SARS and MERS viruses, as guidance:
CDC has stated: “There is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.”
WHO have written “People receiving packages are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus” and “from experience with other coronaviruses, we know that these types of viruses don’t survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.”
Regarding shipments, “The transmission of coronavirus requires such media as droplet, faecal-oral and contact,” and that “Even if your overseas package is sent by an infected person, the package itself is not a transmission medium.”
SGHL feel that the efforts and controls implemented by all our suppliers and the transit times for our product to be shipped and received in the UK, that the risk to our company and any of our customers is negligible and not of concern.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information.