May 17, 2020

Emirates SkyCargo Connects Budapest to a World of Trade

Emirates Sky Cargo
Air freight
Admin
2 min
Emirates will be offering freighter flights to Basel
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and a global connector of business and trade, has stre...

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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and a global connector of business and trade, has strengthened its operations in central Europe with the recent launch of cargo services to Budapest.

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has one of the largest economies in central and eastern Europe and becomes the latest trade lane in Emirates SkyCargo’s extensive worldwide network of more than 140 destinations. 

Emirates’ daily flight to the city is operated with a wide-body Airbus A330-200 and offers 168 tonnes of cargo capacity per week. On its first flight into the country, Emirates SkyCargo mainly carried consolidated cargo from the Far East and points in India, including a shipment of pharmaceuticals from Hyderabad.

Robert Siegel, Emirates Vice President for Cargo Commercial in Europe and Russia, said: “Budapest has an excellent geographic location and is a gateway to other central and eastern European logistics centres. The launch of a daily flight to Budapest will give us an expanded footprint in central Europe, and will complement our cargo services into Warsaw, Prague and Vienna.

“Trucking services can also feed offline markets in the region through Budapest, and onto our flight to Dubai, for further distribution across our network. This offers a world of new trading opportunities for businesses in Hungary and across our network, especially the automotive industry which accounts for about 18 percent of total exports from the country.

“We are well positioned to support the export market as we have strong networks in Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The UAE is also Hungary’s largest Arab trading partner with annual trade between the two countries at around $1.2 billion.”

Top exports out of Hungary are machinery spare parts, hi-tech equipment and electronics and spare parts for land vehicles which comprise about 70 percent of the exports.

The remaining 30 percent are divided among industrial consumables, such as manufactured pipes, semi-manufactured steel and water/air pumps, food and beverage, generators and chemical products. Imports are dominated by semi-conductors, telecommunication devices and components and audio and video products, making up more than 70 percent of the import market.

Emirates SkyCargo is the world’s largest international air cargo carrier, offering belly-hold capacity across Emirates fleet of 230 wide body aircraft, 14 of which are freighters.

For more information, please visit: http://www.skycargo.com/english/media-centre/media-news-press-details.aspx?id=1947804

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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