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German logistics expert: "Supply bottlenecks will not be exacerbated by the Omicron variant alone"

05.01.2022 How does the German Association of Freight Forwarders and Logistics (DSLV) assess the risk of possible supply bottlenecks in January and beyond with regard to the upcoming Omicron infection wave? Our sister magazine packREPORT asked the Berlin-based association for a statement.

The DSLV does not expect further supply bottlenecks due to the Omicron variant.
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The DSLV does not expect further supply bottlenecks due to the Omicron variant.

Statement by DSLV CEO Frank Huster:

"The logistics industry has consistently supported the Federal Government's efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic from the outset by means of home office concepts as well as operational hygiene and contact reduction measures. Where mobile working is not possible for operational reasons, hygiene and testing concepts as well as vaccination campaigns ensure that the risk of infection of the workforce at the workplace is minimised. Therefore, there have hardly been any cases so far where logistical processes or physical flows of goods would have accelerated the spread of the Corona virus or where workforces would have been affected en masse. This is also and especially true for truck drivers, railway personnel and aeroplane and ship crews on international missions."

No aggravations feared

"In this respect, according to the current assessment of the DSLV Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik, it is not to be assumed for the time being that existing supply bottlenecks will be exacerbated by the Omicron virus variant alone."