German Food Bridge, HHLA and Unilever ship food to Odessa
On 7 December 2022, the German Food Bridge container left HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg by a train headed for Ukraine. The container carries urgently needed food that was provided by Unilever. Delivery will be made to the public organisation in Ukraine that is in charge of the coordination of humanitarian aid in Odessa.
“HHLA is particularly connected to the Odessa region through its Ukrainian employees and their families. Now, in the cold season, it is even more important to provide humanitarian aid and to support the people affected by the war. We are therefore pooling our expertise with German Food Bridge and Unilever to supply the people in Odessa with the food and other supplies that they urgently need”, said Philip Sweens, Managing Director of HHLA International GmbH.
German Food Bridge was established with the goal of bringing food to the places in Ukraine where it is most urgently needed, in a quick and targeted way. Since the beginning of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, German Food Bridge has brought more than 450 trucks containing food to Ukraine. The German-Ukrainian team of the unit of the Federal Ministry of Food that coordinates food industry aid for Ukraine has its headquarters in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. So far, 87 companies from the German food industry have joined the initiative. The food they provide is brought to the affected regions in the country by government agencies and 56 NGOs active in Ukraine.
HHLA has operated a container terminal in Odessa since 2001. However, seaborne handling at the terminal had to be halted in the wake of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Last week, the company already shipped three containers with medical aid to the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. HHLA organises the transport of the aid supplies through its own European network with the assistance of its numerous subsidiaries such as Container Terminal Altenwerder, rail subsidiary Metrans, freight forwarder CTD and container logistics expert HCCR. The aid transport is supported on-site by HHLA Container Terminal Odessa and the Ukrainian Intermodal Company (UIC). HHLA will also make its transport network available for additional aid deliveries to the Odessa region.
Unilever has been working with partners around the world since the beginning of the war in Ukraine to donate food, personal care and hygiene products to the affected regions. The company also launched a donation programme for employees, with Unilever matching each contribution by a staff member.