During the COVID-19 pandemic, freight forwarders help provide the most needed communities across Europe. The most important group of products are protective masks that are delivered to hospitals and medical facilities. And here the latest technology comes to the rescue – for example, the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz Actros main tractors, awarded the honorary title of “International Truck of 2020”.
More recently, the new Actros helped transport about 100,000 respirators and 4,500 protective suits that arrived on a Boeing 747 cargo plane from China to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.
The machine is owned by Rudolf Trucking & Handling GmbH, which specializes in air cargo and is certified by the Federal Civil Aviation Administration. At Stuttgart Airport, the company has its own storage and X-ray equipment and performs transport work on behalf of the forwarding company Transmaritim International GmbH.
“For several weeks, we ship up to four complete trucks with face masks daily through our warehouse, and then deliver them in our own fleet throughout Germany,” says Bernd Rocker, Managing Director and Owner of Rudolf Trucking & Handling GmbH. “We are proud to be able to contribute in this way to containing the COVID-19 pandemic.” In the past three weeks alone, Rudolf Trucking & Handling has transported around ten million masks to consumers in Baden-Württemberg.
In the meantime, medical respiratory protective masks have been classified as valuable goods and are subject to special protective provisions and close monitoring by the authorities. Sometimes they are even transported with an escort. Since the onset of the crisis, Transmaritim has imported 500 tons of protective equipment to Germany, which includes goggles and sights, as well as respiratory protective masks and protective suits.
The largest individual batch that Rudolf Trucking & Handling GmbH received and transported during the COVID-19 pandemic was sent to the government agency of Baden-Württemberg at the end of April. Then 1.5 million masks arrived in Frankfurt by cargo plane and were transported to the next destination by four road trains as part of the Mercedes-Benz Actros.