Eager to support the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, UK logistics expert Freightline has helped deliver a lorry full of essential items to people in Ukraine.
Working with its client Norgren, the Warwickshire-based logistics and freight company helped arrange and transport a 40ft trailer packed with supplies to Poland, destined for distribution to Ukraine through humanitarian supply routes.
“We wanted to do something to help Ukraine, so when our friends at Norgren approached us, we jumped at the chance, ” says Carl Tipping, Key Account Manager at Freightline. “Urgent and time-critical logistics is what we do best.”
Goods ranging from baby products such as nappies and wet wipes, to essentials like clothing and sleeping bags, and food including pasta and tinned fruit, were all collected and efficiently packed into 17 pallets by Freightline.
Accustomed to working around the clock to support their clients with end-to-end logistics, Tipping and his colleagues worked late into the evening to prepare the transportation.
The truck arrived in Poland just four days after the initial collection of products, due in part to Freightline being able to quickly process the necessary paperwork and customs documentation.
From Poland’s capital, the goods have subsequently been distributed by The Red Cross to civilians in need across Ukraine via humanitarian corridors.
“The items in the lorry are hopefully already making a difference to people and families living in the scariest of situations. Everyone in our team was so keen to help,” adds Tipping.
From its headquarters in the Midlands, Freightline provides logistics including warehousing, freight forwarding, road transportation and air freight across the UK and internationally.
In particular, it specialises in urgent and time-critical logistics, quickly getting goods to the places they are needed in Britain, Europe and beyond.
“Few things are as urgent as helping people in Ukraine who are seeing their homes destroyed and families threatened. I’m pleased we were able to use our know-how to arrange the transportation as swiftly as we did,” adds Tipping.
In addition to supporting the transportation of humanitarian relief to Ukraine, other members of the Freightline team have also been doing their bit to help too.
Team Leader Martina Cunderlikova recently visited her home country of Slovakia with money donated by her colleagues and others to help 200 Ukrainian refuges being welcomed to her home town of Banska Stiavnica.
“I think we all took inspiration from Martina and what the people of her home town are doing to open their homes to people in need,” concludes Tipping.
The funds raised by Cunderlikova have helped to provide food and supermarket vouchers for essentials items.