Transport industry supports Ukraine in time of need

Prominent manufacturers and logistics service providers are taking action to assist Ukraine refugees amid conflict.

One of the shareholders of the Cargo Control Company, Volkert Veldhoven, has shared some ideas on how to help the people of Ukraine. With a factory in Poland and a large presence in Eastern Europe, the business can offer shelter support.

“The team in our factory in Konin, Poland will provide shelter for approx. 15 women / children on our production site,” he said in a statement.

“We have apartments on site that can be used, with some small modifications. Our local management team will take care of that.
Also, many of our colleagues in Konin, will house refugees coming from the Ukraine.”

Veldhoven also said the company would help ship hygiene products, clothing and blankets to the Konin site as soon as possible.

“The transport leaves our HQ in Tiel, NL every Tuesday and Wednesday to Konin,” he said. “If possible, we will ship excess supplies directly from Konin to our partner in the Ukraine, who will distribute locally. If you feel like you want to support the Ukraine people, but don’t know what to do, I urge you to contribute. I can guarantee all your contributions will end up at Ukraine families.”

Meanwhile, Schmitz Cargobull has stopped investments in Russia and Belarus.

“Just like the rest of the world, we at Schmitz Cargobull are shocked by the news from Ukraine,” the German OEM said in a statement.

“Despite all the tensions in recent years, we would not have considered such an illegal aggression by the Russian side possible.

“Schmitz Cargobull has been engaged for decades in Russia, Ukraine and also in Belarus with his own daughters, workshops and in Russia with his own work. In all three countries, we are market leaders with our products, we have a large circle of employees, customers and service partners who have largely become our friends and part of the world’s Schmitz Cargobull family.

“Now we have to fear for the safety of our people in Ukraine, for the well-being of their families and relatives. Solidarity with each other is fantastic, but in the middle of a war, help from outside is only very limited possible for us. Yet we try to offer any kind of support.

“Schmitz Cargobull stands for an immediate end to combat actions and respect for human rights, calling for that wealth and security can only grow through trade, good international relations and with each other. The success of the Schmitz Cargobull family in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus since the fall of the Iron Curtain has been proven.

“Due to the current developments, we have decided to stop all investments in our Russian and Belarusian factories and service stations with immediate effect.”

On 25 February 2022 CEVA Logistics released a customer advisory in regards to the events unfolding in Ukraine.

“While our corporate focus remains on supporting our customers, we are concerned for all those affected by the conflict,” said CEVA Logistics.

“We are also in close contact with service providers and vessel operators in the region. CEVA Logistics does not have a direct presence or employees in Ukraine, but we have a growing operation in Russia. This business activity currently accounts for only 8.0 per cent of our revenues in Eastern Europe, but the country remains an important part of our growth strategy.

“With new sanctions announced earlier today [25 February 2022], CEVA will, as always, comply with all applicable trade and economic regulations, including in relation to our activities related to Russia. We will continue to monitor the constantly evolving situation, and as more details become available, we will be able to provide further guidance related to the potential impact to customers’ logistics operations.”

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