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Helping kangaroos affected by the fires

A place to rest: DB Schenker helped to transport pouches for baby animals to Australia. Photos: DB Schenker

Together with Lufthansa Cargo, DB Schenker transported over two tons of handmade goods to help kangaroos and other animals affected by the recent wildfires in Australia. The blankets and pouches for baby animals who had been orphaned or injured during the fires were created by volunteers throughout Germany – and collected by DB Schenker for transfer to Sydney via airfreight.


The devastating fires in Australia affected not only people and their homes but also killed an estimated one billion animals and

endangered the lives of many more. This is why some individuals in Germany started a Facebook group, “Germany is helping Australia”, which quickly expanded to over 20,000 members. The group began to sew, knit or crochet the pouches and nests.


Once it was clear that there would be a significant volume of goods to be transported, the group approached Lufthansa Cargo, who agreed to take over the transport to Sydney together with their partner ANA Cargo. But the question remained: How to transport the goods from all over Germany to Lufthansa’s hub in Frankfurt? How to package and label the goods, and how to handle the customs and import restrictions in Australia?


This is where DB Schenker came in. The logistics service provider instantly agreed to arrange collection of around 2.6 tons of goods from every federal state of Germany, alongside delivery to Frankfurt as well as packaging and labeling. Once the cargo landed in Sydney, an Australian DB Schenker team took care of customs clearance and delivery of the goods to their final destination: the headquarter of animal welfare organization Wildlife Animal Rescue & Care (ARC) some 65 kilometers north of Sydney.