27 March 2020

CLECAT Welcomes Guidance to Ensure Essential Freight Keeps Moving by Air

CLECAT, the European association for forwarding, transport, logistics and customs services, commends the European Commission for the speedy release of a guidance document recommending operational and organisational steps to support air cargo operations, which aims at ensuring that essential transport flows keep moving during the current COVID-19 crisis.

As recognised by the European Commission in its guidance document, the outbreak of COVID-19 is threatening the functioning of air cargo transport, which in turn affects the entire EU and global economy due to disruptions to the supply chain. CLECAT stresses that continued and uninterrupted air cargo services are of essential strategic importance for the European Union and its economy, as well as the public health, especially due to the nature of goods transported by air cargo, which includes time-sensitive products, such as medical supplies.

 “The guidance document issued by the European Commission contains highly valuable recommendations, which, if implemented speedily by Member States, will support air cargo operations and ensure the functioning of vital global supply chains. Therefore, CLECAT calls on the EU Member States to implement the measures set out by the European Commission as a matter of urgency, to ensure the flow of essential goods by air transport”, commented Ms Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT.

CLECAT members are responsible for handling 95% of all air cargo and are, as such, the vital link between exporters/importers of goods and transport operators, such as air carriers.


For more information, please contact:

Nicolette van der Jagt
Director General CLECAT
Rue du Commerce 77
1040 Brussels
+32 2503 4705