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DSV stops all Ukraine activity

[ February 25, 2022   //   ]

Danish-based global forwarder and transporter DSV says it has stopped all activity in Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the country on 24 February.

This includes all air traffic to and from the country. It says that Ukraine is an important corridor for air traffic and re-routings are currently taking place. Russian air space is not yet closed but commercial carriers are making their own risk assessments and DSV expects that some will stop flying until they can reposition pilots to a new stop-over location.

DSV adds that it is re-routing some of its charter network from Asia to the US and Europe. It expects this will lead to a short-term loss of capacity, but no major impact is currently expected. 

Several shipping lines have decided not to call any ports in Ukraine. Services in Russia, remain available but are subject to change as the situation develops.

Road cargo in transit bound for Ukraine has been stopped and will return to origin. The situation is expected to affect road operations in other countries in the region. The driver shortage might intensify as Ukrainian truck drivers return home.

The forwarder adds that the majority (95%) of cargo trains from Asia to Europe do not transit through Ukraine, and trains are being re-routed where necessary. Currently, it does not expect a significant impact on rail operations.