FedEx Express has continued to donate shipping services and work with nonprofits to proactively support relief efforts, helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 worldwide. These relief supplies shipped from China to the countries around the globe will be allocated by Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to qualified health centers and hospitals with the most significant public health need, including underserved and vulnerable populations.
FedEx has provided expedited shipping as part of FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative and the relief shipments include:
- Collaborated with Direct Relief to transport three batches of shipments including approximately 3,000,000 surgical masks from China to Santa Barbara, California, U.S. starting on April 3 and were delivered to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency on April 13 (1 million masks), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (500,000 masks) and Delaware (300,000 masks.). The remaining 1.2 million masks will be distributed to U.S. clinics and hospitals.
- Worked with Heart to Heart International to deliver 170,000 surgical masks from Shenzhen, China to Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. on April 16 that will be distributed to Kansas City area hospitals and to first responders.
- Shipped out 50,000 face shields from China to Direct Relief in the U.S. on April 19 that will be distributed to U.S. clinics and hospitals.
- Worked with Direct Relief to move 375,000 surgical masks from China to Mexico (350,000 masks), Ecuador (15,000 marks) and Peru (10,000 marks) starting from April 24.
Since the end of January, FedEx has donated shipping services to Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Heart to Heart International, and other nonprofits to transport over 1,500 shipments of humanitarian aid weighing more than 175 U.S. tons globally. The supplies included more than 4,449,230 masks, and more than a million pieces of personal protective equipment such as gowns and gloves.
In addition to dedicating efforts to transporting urgent needed medical supplies, FedEx has also been providing continuous support to its customers in the Asia Pacific as work and production resume in China.
With a global network covering 220 countries and territories, FedEx keeps operating more than 270 international flights in and out of China every week.
“At FedEx, we have been supporting essential and critical medical shipments to and from impacted areas since the COVID-19 outbreak began while adhering to local conditions and guidelines. As restrictions lift and China looks forward to return to normalcy, we are helping businesses and supply chains, facilitating trade and lifting local economies,” said Karen Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express.
Catering to the needs of customers in different industries, FedEx provides “one-stop” solutions and customized services so that shipments are tracked and monitored during transportation and are delivered to the production line on time, helping customers optimize their production and inventory balance while helping ensure efficient operations.