Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

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A shipment of medical equipment that arrived on January 12, 2015, in Monrovia, Liberia, from Miami, US, will enable 25 government hospitals to receive infection control training, helping the facilities which were partially or fully closed owing to the Ebola crisis to recommence regular operations. The delivery was organized by the Academic Consortium to Combat Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL), a network of academic centers with technical expertise in emergency medicine and logistics systems.

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Commerical Air Cancellations Quarantine Ebola Supplies

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The personal protective equipment (PPE) – shipped by our team of doctors and logisticians in Boston [1] – is destined for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia, which will then distribute supplies to locations at the front lines of the health crisis such as JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia. By consolidating cargo from various shippers, freight forwarders reduce the cost of air shipment significantly from express services, which is important when shipping multiple pallets.

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Viral Reaction: Zika and the Supply Chain

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s iron ore mining site in Liberia, management declared force majeure and moved workers out of the country. Countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with major commodities like aluminum and iron ores, and rubber products, were isolated from the rest of the world as all commodity access points (sea, air and ground) have to undergo stringent measures that has lead to costly delays.

The Rise of China-Africa Trade: Why Transportation and Logistics Should be Front and Center

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A brief look at the China-Africa trade suggests that while Chinese imports from Africa are focused on resource-rich countries (such as South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria and Liberia), Chinese exports, in the form of cheap manufactured goods are more widespread across the continent, with machinery making up the biggest chunk at roughly 30 percent. Logistics planners would readily tell you that this is not a surprise; such imbalances are a reality in the cargo industry.