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Freight industry comes to the aid of hard-pressed humanity

[ December 19, 2018   //   ]

Broker Air Partner says its Freight team has been extremely busy in 2018, delivering relief goods and humanitarian aid across the globe. Missions included flights between Europe and Libya, Yemen, Central Africa, as well as between various African countries and from the US to the Mariana Islands in the Pacific.
Much of the activity was in response to Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, for which Air Partner coordinated the transport and delivery of more than 2000 tons of relief cargo from the US to Guam and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
In September, Air Partner was contacted by Radiant Global Logistics to assist with delivery of supplies to Guam in preparation for Super Typhoon Mangkhut and carried out a number of AN-225 and AN-124 flights to help move urgent relief supplies, including water and ready meals.
Meanwhile, freight forwarder U-Freight Holland, the Dutch subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based freight forwarding and logistics company, handled a multimodal shipment of electricity power cables to help turn the power back on in Chad, central Africa.
The 16 rolls of transmission cables were required urgently where the country’s power utility, National Electricity Company (SNE) is rehabilitating generating assets to help improve supply.
U-Freight was contracted by Dutch transport group, Van der Vlist on behalf of its client SwitchGear Company, to expedite the shipment from Paris-Vatry direct to N’Djamena International airport, after they had been trucked from Greece on four separate vehicles.
With time of the essence, and limited cost-effective air charter options available, U-Freight worked with an air charter broker to secure dedicated space on board an Astral Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter.
The forwarder carried out all Customs clearance and freight facilitation operations for the 16 5-tonne reels.

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