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Conflict in Ukraine and impact on international transport

1.3.2022

The impact of the conflict on international air, sea and rail transport.

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Air Transport:

Sanctions against Russia severely limited the capacity of some airlines, and some of them suspended their connections to the Middle and Far East destinations. In the event of the closure of Russian airspace, airlines were forced to redirect their flights to other routes, which resulted in an extended flight time and an increase in rates. An additional problem is the significant increase in the cost of aviation fuel. We must be prepared for rising prices and further deterioration in space availability in most destinations.

We are in close contact with all airlines and IATA to provide our customers with optimal solutions at the moment and maintain their supply chains at the current level.

Maritime transport:

Some shipowners, such as Hapag Lloyd and Maersk, suspended service from Russian ports. We expect other shipowners to join this as well. This is a step in response to sanctions and Russia's partial cut off from the international banking payment system SWIFT. Should the conflict last longer, shipowners may also restrict services to / from the Black Sea, mainly in response to security threats. Shipments will therefore have to be reloaded in Greece or Turkey for subsequent overland transport to their final destinations. We monitor the situation and react to all changes on an ongoing basis.

Railway transport:

Currently, it is taking place under the current conditions, but here we can also expect restrictions, changes in the route, and even suspension of the service.

We will keep you informed.

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