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Humanitarian aids reach different points of the world with freight forwarders Europe

In the modern world news for disasters are commonly found. The affected population needs humanitarian aids. These aids reach the affected areas with the active involvement of freight forwarders network.

 

The quick disaster response with humanitarian aid is essential

Disasters are unexpected, but when they happen, the quick response is very important for the destitute people. In inadequate timely response the negative consequences would be extremely serious, moreover not only social but also economic. For a quick response the humanitarian organizations rely on the network of freight forwarders. The cooperation between the IFA member companies is a guarantee for a quick response for logistic services for the humanitarian organizations to the affected areas.

 

The humanitarian logistics – not only a supply management, but also relationships between participants

The humanitarian logistic is a mandatory part of the range of services of the European network for logistics services. Here the supply chain management once again is a guarantee for the timely delivery of humanitarian aid, but the importance of this management is critical for preventing massive crises and distress of the affected population. In this kind of logistic services the coordination and synchronization of the activities is in a very high level, not only between the member companies of the European Logistics Network, but also between them and the humanitarian organizations. In the participation of so many organizations in the collection and the delivery of the aids the integration and the relationships are coordinated continuously.

 

The choice of transport in difficulties in transport infrastructure

The transport infrastructure in the affected areas often can not accept the large flow of vehicles delivering aid. This leads to delays and supply disruptions. This is a difficulty which the International freight forwarders association handles with through a quick response with modern solutions: combined transport or dropping aids from airplanes or helicopters.

 

Need for route changes

Other obstacles in transport may occur in repetition of disasters such as new tremors. Then route changes are required. By cooperating with each other the member companies of the European network for transportation can react for redirection of the vehicles with logistical aids to available routes.

 

The continuous flow of information provides actual data

The first information sent after the disaster is usually unreliable. For its updating, especially during the organization and the realization of the humanitarian aid supplies, the member companies of the European logistics network rely on the cooperation of the humanitarian organizations and the provision of actual information, which is updated. The information management is a major challenge in the humanitarian crises in disasters, not only for the humanitarian organizations, but also for the network of freight forwarders.

 

The humanitarian logistics – connection between the disaster response activities and the humanitarian supply management

For overcoming the humanitarian crises and timely and adequate assistance to the affected in the disaster areas the humanitarian logistics is essential:

  • to ensure timely deliveries
  • to make a connection between the humanitarian organizations and the affected people

The main purpose of the humanitarian aid is the prevention of casualties. In cooperation between themselves and in coordination with the humanitarian organizations the international freight forwarding contributes to the achievement of this goal. This is realized more and more by the humanitarian organizations who maintain continuous cooperation and communication with the European logistics companies for a timely response in a need for humanitarian aid supplies.