DHL Global Forwarding handles COVID vaccines for Japan

DHL Global Forwarding has won a contract to transport distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in Japan.

The contract began last week and involves the transportation of vaccines from Belgium to Japan as well as the distribution from its warehouses to vaccination centres in Japan. It also handles the customs formalities as part of the deal.

“The world has taken another milestone in effectively combating COVID-19 with the development of the vaccines. Now it is essential to make it available to as many people as possible”, says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. “Logistics plays a key role here. It is our job to get the vaccine to where it is urgently needed, and we accept the responsibility.”

To handle the vaccines’ very low temperature requirements, DHL Global Forwarding has installed specialist freezers capable of storing them at -70C at its storage facilities. The company says that this new contract will create additional job opportunities in the country.

“We are proud to play a role in helping the people of Japan receive their vaccinations for COVID-19, which has upended lives and businesses here. While DHL Global Forwarding’s well-established cold-chain network and pharmaceutical logistics expertise were key to the success of the shipment, our dedicated employees were the true unsung heroes who meticulously planned every last detail to manage an extremely complex operation seamlessly,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.”