Alert: Martial Law Declared in Thailand
UPDATED 5-23-2014 at 08:28 CDT: This morning, AIT's contacts in Thailand confirmed that supply chain activities are running normally with airports and seaports open and operational. Note, the military has imposed a nightly curfew from 10pm to 5am each night which could cause delays. Early reports indicate that cargo is being allowed to pass through the previously mentioned roadblocks with little to no effect on transit times.
UPDATED 5-22-2014 at 12:46 CDT: Initial reports received by AIT suggest that business is continuing to flow in Thailand. The airports and seaports remain open, however, there are multiple road closures which could delay ground transportation. This page will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.
UPDATED 5-22-2014 at 09:50 CDT: According to news reports, on Thursday, May 22, the military in Thailand has seized control of the country's government in an apparent coup d'état. AIT is awaiting word from our local Thai contacts as to the status of business activity in general and transportation in particular.
As reported by multiple news sources, Thailand's military declared martial law on Tuesday, May 20. The Thai army has communicated that the action is not a coup, but rather is intended to, "...maintain peace, order and public safety for all groups and all parties."
At present, shipments to and from Thailand continue to move as normal. According to AIT's contacts in the country, day to day life remains much the same with business continuing to be conducted in usual fashion. So far, there is no evidence to indicate any effect on shipments moving in and out of Thailand at airports as well as seaports.
AIT is monitoring the situation and we will update customers if circumstances change and shipments are expected to be impacted.
Please contact your AIT account executive or AIT's Global Development team for more information.