Traffic Disruptions in Beijing Coming: I Hope You Listened to Me

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:41

Asia Risk Strategies just linked up to my post Why Beijing’s Vehicle Restrictions are Important For You, and at the same time wrote up a snipit of a recent conversation that stood the hairs on the back of my neck up:

I was telling a friend two days ago, whose company is manufacturing in China and thus is shipping goods within China, that they’d better worry about the traffic restrictions in Beijing during – and before and after the Olympics… Then she gave a call to their Beijing Branch office and was told by a lovely voice “delivery by truck until is not possible until… September !”

Update: Perhaps the article High-emission vehicles banned for green Olympics sheds light on the issue in their sentence:

Yellow labels are displayed on the windscreens of more than 300,000 vehicles that fall short of the Euro I emission standard, the lowest of the European emission standards.

“All yellow-labeled vehicles, most of which are freight trucks, will be banned from roads in Beijing from July 1 to September 20,” said Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau.

Once I read this, I sent off a quick note to a friend within a logistics firm asking what they had heard and I received the following message back:

As for no trucks on the roads, what I understand is that there are certain roads that will be off limits, but not all roads will be off limits. We’ve actually been working on this for quite some time and have a plan in place so that we will still be able to make deliveries. We have been monitoring all the changes – I am sure that you heard about all the recent changes for Shenzhen and Shanghai – and are developing contingency plans accordingly. So, we won’t stop making deliveries!

Now, I should say that the person I messaged was with a large global firm, and that is important as the message may be trickling down to local firms first… or it could be because the manufacturer themselves have already been faxed their notice.

for sure, this is something that I will stay on top of, but I ask again.

Have you made your plans? Are you prepared should the shutdown order come?

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2 Responses to “Traffic Disruptions in Beijing Coming: I Hope You Listened to Me”

  1. Greg says:

    June 25th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Rich, what do you mean by “recent changes for Shenzhen and Shanghai”. Although the horse events are going to be held in Hong Kong, but I didn’t know about any restrictions in Guangdong because of it.

  2. Rich says:

    July 7th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Greg.

    I am being told that there are some other regulations coming into play now on a more general level related to trucks/ cars. I have not had the time to look into it fully, but it was mentioned a few times over the last 10 days….

    Hope all is well