Earthquake Diary: 28 May
02 June 2008, 20:55
by Liu Lei
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China: According to the documentation for the 100,000 tents, there is a batch of 1,900 family tents from the Netherlands, co-donated by the Dutch Government and Dutch Red Cross, which will arrive in Chengdu. In order to understand all the details of the logistics procedure, I together with the logistics specialist from Sweden visit Chengdu International Airport to find out how the tent transportation pipeline works using the example of the Dutch goods.
After careful checks together with local logistics in every department of the international cargo station at the airport, we find that there are still some shortcomings in the transportation flow. For example, the consignment receiving note needs to be modified to simplify the flow. Loading and offloading can't be dependent on volunteers in the long term and needs to be at least doubled due to the huge numbers of tents coming in the next 30 to 40 days. Trucking arrangements need to be operated and mobilized better; the customs procedures in particular badly need to be acted on efficiently as well as accurately and the green line for disaster relief cargo in the airport really needs to function properly.