Immediate stop to all DSV operations in Ukraine
As a result of the situation currently evolving in Ukraine, the country declared martial law this morning. As a consequence, DSV has stopped all activity in the country as of February 24.
On the morning of 24 February, Ukraine declared martial law as a result of the situation currently evolving in the country. Consequently, DSV has stopped all activity in the country until further notice.
The shutdown of operations encompasses the entire Ukraine, including all offices in Ukraine, which are closed indefinitely to avoid unnecessary risk and keep our employees safe. The shutdown of our operations in Ukraine also applies to IT, and strict security measures have been taken to protect DSV and our customers against cyberattacks.
Significant operational and capacity challenges expected
DSV expects that the recent developments in Ukraine will give rise to significant operational and capacity challenges for the entire region, including Russia, and for all transport modes. The situation in Ukraine is considered force majeure, and it is already now also affecting DSV operations in other countries in the region.
We already now experience challenges in trucking capacity for the region. This due to tight border controls, visa processes being cancelled or put on hold and Ukrainian nationals working as truck drivers or in other supply chain functions all over Europe seeking to return home on immediate basis.
The situation will also affect trucking capacity on the remaining European continent, as the number of Ukrainian drivers is significant. DSV strive to maintain the best possible operational plan, but we expect that challenges in capacity will increase and that the situation could lead to longer lead times and increased cost.
All air traffic to and from Ukraine has been stopped, due to Ukrainian airspace being closed. The air traffic is re-routed; hence we expect that this will not have any major effect on air transports. Several carriers have decided not to call any ports in Ukraine until further notice and will stop the acceptance of orders to and from Ukraine until further notice. See our first update from the conflict here.
China Railway via Russia is still operating without problems. DSV monitor the situation closely and will update if the situation changes.
Keeping employees safe
It is the main priority of DSV to ensure that Ukrainian employees are safe. Therefore, all DSV employees in the country have been asked to stay home, stay safe and follow instructions from local authorities.
DSV is following the situation in Ukraine closely, and there will be regular updates as the situation unfolds.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your regular DSV contact.