GEFCO transport 64 tons of COVID-19 medical supplies for Penta in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

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Source: GEFCO, 2020-04-03

Global logistics provider, GEFCO, have transported a large shipment of medical supplies on special charter flights from Shanghai to Bratislava to help PENTA tackle COVID-19 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The deliveries took place from 31 March - 01 April using two Boeing 787 planes that were temporarily converted to carry cargo. The aircraft were loaded with more than 64 tons of medical supplies, including 6m face masks, 20,000 respirators and 8,000 non-contact thermometers, as well as 60 pallets of vitamins and food supplements.

On arrival, the shipments were unloaded, sorted and palletized by GEFCO at Bratislava Airport for overland distribution to Penta’s network of Dr. Max pharmacies and Svet Zdravia / Pro Care hospitals in the two countries.

Slovakia and the neighbouring Czech Republic are the first two countries in Europe to impose mandatory mask-wearing and have over 3,000 cases of the virus to date.

Ladislav Balogh, Country Manager, GEFCO Air & Sea, who supervised the operation commented: “These supplies are acutely needed to protect our citizens in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I’m very proud of my team, who consolidated the cargo from seven different suppliers in China, organised all the export documents and coordinated the dispatch by two charter flights to Bratislava, all in record time. Their safety is of course paramount and we’re doing everything we can to maintain this.”

“Earlier this year, after watching a TV report on the spread of COVID-19 in China and the shortage of protective face masks, I wrote to my Chinese colleagues to ask whether they needed help in procuring them. Our local Air & Sea teams ordered protective masks and arranged their transport to Hong Kong. We had no idea that six weeks later we would handle the consignment of medical supplies in the opposite direction and in much larger volumes.”


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