Germany Strikes Effect Supply Chain
Incident: Strikes and Demonstrations Effect Supply Chain
Strikes and demonstrations by transport workers and farmers, including freight rail staff and lorry drivers, are causing congestion and delays throughout Germany.
The actions began this Monday (Jan 8) when farmers used commercial trucks to blockade roads in Berlin, with other disruptions also reported in Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, and Bavaria.
The GDL train drivers’ union has scheduled its strike from January 10th through the 12th, starting with cargo train operators on January 9th.
As is typical in situations that cause universal delays in the flow of freight, decreased and likely congestion at chokepoints along the supply chain will cause increased security risk in addition to the usual delays.
Secured parking lots may become overcrowded, forcing drivers to seek alternative parking, further increasing risks. Organized cargo criminals are known to exploit these events, knowing that Law Enforcement resources will be stretched thin.
Overhaul recommends companies take advantage of real time transportation visibility platforms that can aid in awareness of your cargo’s location to ensure you are made aware of disruptions as they happen and aid in the recovery of stolen cargo.