India is currently particularly hard hit by the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Hardly a day goes by without a report in the media about the overburdened Indian health system. Initially, the cities and metropolises were affected, but now, unfortunately, the rural regions, which hardly have any medical care, are also affected. India now needs protective equipment, medicines and oxygen concentrators, especially quickly.
“There is no question that we at Gerlach Germany will help if we are asked,” says Thomas Baumann, Managing Director Gerlach Germany.
In cooperation with Technik ohne Grenzen e.V. and DHL Express, oxygen concentrators were delivered to Bangalore in India. From there, the oxygen concentrators were delivered to the public health system in and around Bangalore, especially in rural areas where the situation is severe.
“For exporting these goods to a third country like India, there is a customs declaration. We have assisted in this project free of cost: Advised on the tariff classification of the goods and also took care of the export declaration at the German customs office,” reports Verena Weise. She has worked at Gerlach Duisburg for more than 20 years as operational manager.
“Even though we have our hands full at the moment due to the high volumes because of the Brexit – we help. There is currently another project coming up in cooperation with DHL. In this case, it’s about shipping masks to India. Here, too, we will support with our customs expertise,” says Verena Weise.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken us globally and was and is a challenge. At Gerlach Deutschland, we always think and live beyond our borders. For us, it goes without saying that we have to think internationally – in a business context but also in a humanitarian context,” says Thomas Baumann.