Global logistics provider, GEFCO, has transported 30 tons of medical equipment for a multinational healthcare provider, including COVID-19 testing kits, from France to destinations in Algeria, Tunisia and the Antilles to support hospitals and private laboratories with increased demand.

GEFCO’s Air & Sea team has been managing the shipments on a week-by-week basis throughout the critical pandemic period. This has required a number of challenges to be navigated including the closure of Paris Orly Airport, which required the team to transfer all activity to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

All shipments have been completed within incredibly tight timescales to deliver the key materials securely, efficiently and meeting all compliance requirements. The customer will be using the equipment to support with new screening tests for COVID-19.

This project is one of several recent time-critical shipments in the pharmaceuticals space for GEFCO, including delivery of 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.

Paul-Henri Freret, Executive Vice President, GEFCO Air & Sea, commented: “Supporting with urgent global deliveries is in our DNA, and we have long offered time critical solutions to help those in need during unexpected events.

“This crisis has seen our team reach even greater heights in their ability to adapt, collaborate and work in very close partnership with our customers to overcome all manner of challenges. We’re proud to support our customers’ crucial work while ensuring that the safety of our own employees is maintained and respected.”