Since November 8, the Philippines has been suffering heavily from the after effects of super Typhoon Haiyan. It is estimated that the storm killed thousands, while displacing millions and leaving many without sources of food or clean water.
But relief efforts are ongoing, and air cargo is playing a major role in keeping the people of the island nation to be supplied with what they need.
According to an article on Air Cargo World, UPS has pledged $1 million to the effort. UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez said that $500,000 would be immediately available for urgent needs, while the remaining $500,000 would be put aside to support affected communities as they recover.
The news source profiled one plane, a Volga-Dnepr Airlines Ilyushin-76TD-90VD, which transported supplies from Denmark and Sweden to the Philippines.
"As always in such unfortunate situations, we do get involved," Georgy Sokolov, Volga-Dnepr UK regional sales manager, said. "There are dozens of requests on the market from various locations into the Philippines. We operated a relief flight for a Japanese agency about a week ago from Singapore, which was before the most recent typhoon. Requests keep coming."
Also chipping in is Deutsche Post DHL, which plans to set up a warehouse were relief goods can be sorted.
Given the serious nature of this effort, it is crucial that all pieces of cargo sent to the Philippines make it there without damage and can be dispersed among the population. Carriers should adopt proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot to ensure that this happens and that the process remains transparent.