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Please don’t stockpile, says FTA Ireland

[ March 13, 2020   //   ]

FTA Ireland (FTAI) is asking the public not to stockpile, saying that the nation’s supply chain is resilient, after the government stepped up its corona virus response including closing schools and public institutions.

Aidan Flynn, general manager of FTAI comments: “As the business organisation representing Ireland’s logistics sector, FTAI wants to reassure the public that the nation’s supply chain is resilient and well equipment to deal with the pandemic; there is no need to stockpile food and other basic items…We ask that members of the public now stop stockpiling activity as it will place unnecessary pressure on the supply chain. As a nation, we should deal with this pandemic calmly and remain considerate of others.”

He continued: “FTAI is urging government to implement a range of emergency measures to protect mobile workers specifically, including: providing liquidity funding to all companies to ensure business continuity; prioritising the provision of personal protective equipment; providing hand sanitiser to this cohort of the workforce; and implementing a derogation on working time for drivers to ensure that in these unprecedented times, important services like home heating oil and delivery of goods can continue unhindered.”

He added that FTAI’s message to its members is to pay attention to the government’s advice and avoid taking needless risks. The measures implemented at this early stage of the pandemic will have ramifications in how the country is able to recover eventually to business as usual.