This article will be updated with information as it becomes available.\r\n\r\nWith the continued worldwide spread of Wuhan coronavirus, the Chinese government is taking precautions to keep local and international populations safe.\u00a0\r\n\r\nSo far this has included steps such as placing lockdowns on Chinese cities, temporarily shutting down public transport \u2013\u00a0including airports, train stations, and long-distance transportation \u2013 closing theme parks, closing factories, and restricting travel to certain areas.\r\n\r\nWith these restrictions in place, logistics companies are experiencing disruptions to their operations, meaning there will be delays on transporting any orders from China, including from dropshipping suppliers.\u00a0\r\n\r\nIf you are a dropshipper and selling items from an AliExpress supplier, this means your products might have lengthy delays reaching your customers.\r\nI\u2019m a Dropshipper. What Should I Do?\r\nWith many manufacturing and logistics facilities shut temporarily, we recommend you prepare for delays and take that into account before continuing to run paid ads and take orders. It is a good idea to check with your supplier, but assume that your items will not be shipped promptly.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s also worth noting that with Chinese New Year celebrations currently underway, many suppliers and manufacturers will already be on holiday. However, shutdowns due to the coronavirus could mean that there are longer-than-expected closures.\r\n\r\nIf you have current orders that you are concerned will not be fulfilled, we strongly recommend you contact the buyers and inform them of the situation. You may need to prepare them for delays.\r\n\r\nFor information on how to handle customer refunds or complaints, we have many articles with useful information on the topic:\r\n\r\n \tHow to Handle Refunds and Returns as a Dropshipper\r\n \t8 Tips On How To Handle Customer Complaints (Plus How To Solve Them)\r\n \tHow to Harness the Awesome Power of Customer Relations\r\n\r\nWhen Will Factories Be Reopened?\r\nAt this stage, it\u2019s uncertain when manufacturers and suppliers will begin operating as usual. Local governments have ordered the shutdown of factories across the countries and logistics companies will not be able to start moving items until transport routes are reopened.\r\n\r\nWith the Chinese government taking quick action to stop the spread of the disease, if the coronavirus does not spread rapidly beyond the Hubei province, normal supplier and logistics activity could potentially resume by the end of February.\r\nDo Packages Pose a Risk to Customers?\r\nAccording to the CDC, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus has been transmitted through imported goods and packages.\r\n\r\nWhile coronaviruses are transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes, they generally have poor survival on surfaces. This means there is likely a very low risk of the current virus spreading from products or packaging that have been shipped over days or weeks at ambient temperatures.\r\nFast Facts on Coronavirus\r\nBelieved to have originated at a seafood, poultry, and wild animal market in Wuhan, China, there are more than 4,500 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China and 106 people have died.\r\n\r\nThere are currently more than 70 confirmed cases in 17 places outside of China, including the United States, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia. There have been no deaths outside of China.\r\n\r\nWuhan coronavirus is a respiratory illness, and the name originates from the spikes that protrude from its membrane, resembling the sun\u2019s corona.