The war unleashed by the Russian Federation has made significant adjustments to the life of every Ukrainian and affected all areas of activity, including cargo transportation. Well-developed logistics chains stopped working, and delivery by sea and air became impossible. The risks in the process of transporting goods by road and rail have increased manifold. At the same time, the volume of cargo transportation has increased significantly. “Grand Logistics Company” continues to occupy a leading position in the field of domestic and international cargo transportation, and delivers any cargo to all cities and towns of Ukraine under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Key changes in the field of cargo transportation in Ukraine
Literally from the first hours of Russian aggression against the Ukrainian people, transport companies faced a very difficult task - restructuring their activities as quickly as possible, since logistics, in wartime, is critically important. Therefore, company employees urgently needed to solve the following tasks:
- Development of new routes, especially in such directions as Kyiv - Kharkov, Zaporozhye - Kyiv, Dnepr - Kyiv - Lviv and some others;
- Reorientation to the delivery of the most necessary goods, with priority to humanitarian ones;
- Redistribution of freight traffic volumes between rail and road transport;
- Establishing close interaction with volunteers and coordination centers;
- Lack of vehicles and drivers, as many went to defend Ukraine;
- Lack of storage space.
This is a list of only the main problems, which can be continued for a very long time, including fuel shortages, especially in the first months of the full-scale invasion of Russian occupation forces into the territory of Ukraine, and the need to urgently remove production workshops and commercial enterprises from front-line areas inland.
Separately, it should be noted the development of new routes, even between cities and towns where there used to be good road connections. Many bridges were destroyed, and roads were broken and mined. Therefore, you have to work in very extreme conditions, with great physical and psychological stress.
Features of adaptation to forced changes
Some issues were resolved thanks to timely adopted laws, in particular, drivers with category “B” licenses were allowed to drive trucks weighing up to 7.5 tons (previously, this required having category “C”, “C1”). In addition, drivers of military age are allowed to carry out international cargo transportation, that is, cross the border, upon filling out a special application. These measures made it possible to partially solve the problem of the shortage of truck drivers.
There have also been changes in the operation of railway transport; due to regular attacks on critical infrastructure, dispatch services are forced to change routes and train schedules. All this affects other participants in logistics processes. Freight transportation from Odessa to Kyiv and Zaporozhye to Kyiv is very difficult; the movement of trains in the Kyiv-Kherson direction has recently been resumed.
It should also be noted that there has been some activation of business; if in the first months there were practically no commercial flights, today many enterprises have resumed their activities. Therefore, supplies of spare parts and delivery of finished products to the end user are required. Great difficulties arise with placing products in warehouses, since there is a critical shortage of space. This problem existed before the start of the war, but given the popularity of cargo transportation routes Lviv-Kiev, as well as from Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhgorod and many other Western cities, issues have to be resolved literally “on the wheels.”
Therefore, for organizing the supply of a wide variety of cargo, a very important role is played by the qualifications of the personnel of transport companies, their professionalism, focus on the final result, and the ability to make the right decisions in difficult situations. All these tasks, starting from the first days of the war that the Russian Federation started against Ukraine, have been successfully handled by the employees of the GLC company.