FedEx Supports Transportation of Medical Supplies in Urgent Needs
HONG KONG SAR, China, January 28, 2020 — Facing the spread of the novel coronavirus, FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, is using its extensive global network and logistics resources to provide rapid transportation services for medical supplies destined to Wuhan by working with related organizations, partners and customers.
As part of these efforts, in the early morning of January 26 and 27, FedEx transported the first batch of medical supplies from the U.S. and Japan for our customers to the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. These medical supplies include the N95 masks, medical gloves, plastic goggles, disinfectant wipes and antibiotic. With the support from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Customs, FedEx swiftly completed the clearance of the shipments. China Post delivered these shipments to Wuhan on January 27.
China Post donated its transportation and delivery services of epidemic prevention supplies to the organizations in Wuhan area designated by the Wuhan government. It is the first batch of medical supplies that FedEx has shipped through the distribution channels of China Post.
FedEx Express will also ship more than 200,000 surgical masks and personal protective equipment such as gowns and gloves from the U.S. to its Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China to assist the humanitarian work of Direct Relief. FedEx is working closely with China Post, which is coordinating the movement of the supplies from Guangzhou into Wuhan, in order to deliver the relief as quickly as possible.
Since January 25, FedEx has been assisting Medtronic in providing China’s medical organizations with medical equipment including the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO), medical ventilators and patient monitors. The first batch of shipments of over 600 pieces of medical equipment and components has been transported quickly and safely to different locations from FedEx warehouse in Shanghai. Now the equipment has already been used treat patients infected by the coronavirus.
“FedEx is using its longstanding relationships with humanitarian organizations and its global network to answer the call for much needed medical supplies to China,” said Karen Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express. “We extend our sympathies to those directly impacted. We are glad we are able to provide support at a time when responsiveness is critical, working with multiple China and international partners.”
FedEx has a long history of working with nonprofit and government entities to support communities and economies during times of crisis. The company has donated US$6 million in cash and in-kind assistance to support humanitarian organizations during this fiscal year, which began on June 1, 2019. FedEx is maintaining frequent communication with nonprofit teams to ensure that our resources are deployed effectively.