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Stringent measures imposed to maintain supply chains

March 13, 2020 8:35 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ROME/VIENNA. All shops in Italy are now closed with the exception of supermarkets, drugstores and pharmacies. The agricultural sector and industry are also permitted to operate. Work continues here, but with stringent safety measures in place.

The worst-case scenario for any company is if production has to be stopped in the event of a factory worker being infected with Covid-19. Companies are at risk of incurring heavy losses, not to mention the impact on the supply chain. As Joerg Buck, the managing director of the German-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains in an interview with Mundus Agri, strict controls are in place to prevent this case from occurring if possible.

Delivery drivers, even the postman, wanting to access the premises have to, for instance, prove that they are not travelling from one of the worst affected regions at risk and that they have shown no symptoms, such as fever, over the last 14 days. The temperature is also measured again on site. In the factories themselves, workers must be able to maintain a minimum distance of one meter and work in small, isolated groups. In the event of infection, only a small part of the staff would then be temporarily unable to perform their work. This should prevent a complete closures. Closing the borders for goods is currently inconceivable. "This is something we do not want to imagine at all. Let's hope that we are spared such a horror scenario," Buck remarks.

Emergency plan enforced in Austria

Austria has now pulled the emergency brake and has mainly closed the border with Italy. Entry from Italy is only possible with an up-to-date health certificate or with a two-week quarantine at home. However, As the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Austrian Ministry, however, explains to Mundus Agri transists, for instance to Germany, are still possible. Truck drivers carrying food deliveries and other products are checked by the Ministry of Health at the border with Italy, mainly by taking temperatures.

Although all car passengers are checked, it should be noted that dalivery traffic checks are only sporadic. If there is any suspicion that one of the drivers is carrying the coronavirus, the logistics companies can decide on how to proceed. One option is to retrieve the driver and the truck, another would be extensive disinfection measures and the continuation of the journey with another driver. Both cases would, however, cause delays.

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