Coronvirus (COVID-19) - WHO declares a pandemic


World Health Organisation officially declares COVID-19 as a pandemic.

It is official - WHO has declared coronavirus (COVID-19) not only an epidemic but a global pandemic.  This would inherently mean that the virus is spreading very quickly and the message to all is that it is vitally important that all countries continue to take appropriate measures to keep fighting in order to contain the spread of this disease. 

BIMCO is working diligently to provide the latest updates on implementation measures imposed by various countries to assist members with the shipping activities. Please click on the links below for guidance:

Should members be facing any restrictions unduly imposed, please do get in touch with Maritime Information department for assistance. 


Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
in Copenhagen, DK


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