COVID-19 Outbreak in India: Impact of The Nationwide Lockdown on Supply Chain Operations

India’s extended nationwide lockdown amid the COVID-19 outbreak threatens to bring further disruptions to manufacturing and logistics activities across the country

On April 14, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government will extend its nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak until May 3 with some relaxations possible after April 20. The decision came after a 21-day nationwide lockdown period was set to end on April 14 and at least ten states already announced their own statewide lockdown extensions in Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya. The nationwide lockdown mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses but provides exemptions for the flow of essential and non-essential goods. Integrated checkpoints at all airports, seaports, land ports, rail ports, and river ports are closed, although vehicles and trains carrying essential goods are officially exempted despite inter-state restrictions, administrative hurdles, and a shortage of available truck drivers.

This Resilience360 Special Report takes a closer look at the considerable impact that the nationwide lockdown is continuing to have on manufacturing operations at a sectoral level and how it may impact firms sourcing critical products and raw materials from suppliers in India. It also examines the impact on air, ocean, and ground freight transportation and logistics both in light of the current extension as well as in the event that the restrictions are prolonged again beyond the extended end date of May 3.

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