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News & Insights 27 November 2020

How Covid-19 affects your shipment. The second time around.

(Updated 2020-11-24) Sweden is facing its second wave of COVID-19 and companies are bracing themselves wondering how it will turn out the second time around. What experience can be drawn from the past year and how will your shipments be affected?

– The transition that took two weeks is now being implemented in a matter of days. In some cases hours. Our clients can be assured that we are in a good position to face the challenge the second time around, says Oscar Törnqvist, CEO of InterEast.

InterEast is working actively to ensure that your goods will arrive at your doorstep on time. Covid-19 creates new challenges every day and with those challenges follow a lot of uncertainty. We would therefore like to keep you up-to-date on what we DO know.

Borders & Delays

A large portion of InterEast´s transport is to and from Europe and Sweden. Since the start of the pandemic, the borders between countries newer completely closed for transports. That may come as a surprise when the news is filled with headlines such as countries closing down again. Despite all of that, the shipments are for most parts moving steadily along.

There are a few examples where countries closed their border during the spring. It was often at specific joints or airports, harbors, and during a brief period a time. When it occurred there was usually a workaround but delays were inevitable.

If the state of the pandemic worsens to a degree that can´t be foreseen, no one knows exactly what we can expect. But the border personal and the drivers have better routines which minimize the risks considerably. With those routines in place should keep the transport flow operational even if bad turns to worse.

– We do our utmost to secure lead-times and agreed costs. If we’re not able to maintain cost or transit during this period we kindly ask for your understanding, says Anton Brink, OpsM of InterEast.

– We do our utmost to secure lead-times and agreed costs. If we’re not able to maintain cost or transit during this period we kindly ask for your understanding, says Anton Brink, OpsM of InterEast.


Suppliers

InterEast has worked with the majority of its suppliers for years. There is a constant dialog between your freight forwarder and the carrier to ensures that the countries COVID regulations are followed.

– When you order our services you can always expect it to be of high quality and that the work is carried out in the right manner, says Oscar Törnqvist, CEO of InterEast.

If you are struggling to get your wares shipped across the sea, note that InterEast has block-space agreements and can help you.

How the inhouse operation are adjusting

In march 2020 COVID caught us by surprise. Companies and organizations had to quickly readjust how they operated – and so did InterEast.

– The transition that took two weeks is now being implemented in a matter of days. In some cases hours. Our clients can be assured that we are in a good position to face the challenge the second time around, says Oscar Törnqvist, CEO of InterEast.

InterEast is divided into teams and the majority are working from home. If a colleague gets sick the client’s shipment will still be cared for and InterEast does not risk having to shut down the entire operation. If you were to visit InterEast´s office (which you can´t) you would find new regulations communicated everywhere. For example, all rooms have a limit on how many people are allowed there at the same time.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our staff. We follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health (Sw. Folkhälsovårdsmyndigheten) to ensure a good and safe work environment.

 

Anton Brink

Operations Manager
anton.brink@intereast.se
031-789 48 26

Oscar Törnqvist

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