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Germany shuts down borders

March 16, 2020 10:51 AM, Der AUDITOR
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FRANKFURT. Germany has closed the borders with some neighbouring countries to travellers. Delivery traffic is to continue as normal. Some restrictions have, however, been imposed.

Germany has now closed the borders to Austria, Denmark and France, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Further closures will most certainly follow. As Horst Seehofer, the Federal Minister of the Interior, has declared travellers are mainly affected as they are only allowed to enter with "good reason to travel".

Bottlenecks in supermarkets

Delivery traffic is currently still continuing without major restrictions. Sporadic checks are, however, in place at nearly all the borders throughout Europe. Truck drivers are not allowed to cross borders if they are suspected of being infected. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has also highlighted that the long delays caused by the checks at the borders may already prompt bottlenecks for certain products in supermarkets. At the Brenner Pass trucks are, for instance, stranded for hours with traffic jams ranging up to 60 km. Since experts state that Germany is only at the brink of the coronavirus outbreak the country is expected to experience even greater problems with production and logistics in the near future. Von der Leyen intends to submit a proposal on how to unify and simplify controls at the EU borders. The Robert Koch Institute has again confirmed that the virus cannot be transmitted by imported food.

Working conditions are being adjusted

As a forwarding company in Germany has informed Mundus Agri, working conditions will be rearranged in line with Italy. From now on, work will take place in shifts in small groups to minimise the spread of the virus. Staff is, when possible, required to work from home. This is also an option for parents, who have to look after small children since kindergartens and schools have been closed. All of these measures will cause considerable delays.

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