As Russian aggression in Ukraine drags on and ramps up in some areas, the nation needs more and more assistance from the world. Individuals and organizations seem to be eager to help, but some find it challenging to get the goods where they are needed the most.

Containers are seen here waiting to go on a shipping dock in the port of Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

FedEx Cuts off Both Ukraine and Russia

The following statement appeared on the FedEx webpage yesterday, April 6, 2022:

We are deeply disturbed by what is happening in Ukraine, and our thoughts and solidarity are with the people affected by this ongoing violence. Our top priority is the safety of our team members and their families, and we are providing direct financial assistance to them and the affected communities. We are temporarily suspending all Russian and Belarusian services until further notice. As previously communicated, locations in Ukraine have been temporarily closed and inbound and outbound services to Ukraine have been temporarily suspended.

UPS Follows Suit

UPS has noted the fact that they have suspended shipments to Ukraine in a service alert on their website:

Screenshot of the UPS service alert saying they have suspended services to Ukraine.
Screenshot of the UPS service alert saying they have suspended services to Ukraine.

UPS is the largest carrier of goods worldwide, with annual revenues of $53 billion compared to the reported $42 billion taken in by FedEx each year.

As Does DHL

What about DHL (an American-founded company now part of Deutsche Post)? As you might have guessed, DHL has also “closed offices and operations in Ukraine until further notice,” according to their website.

There are stories of smaller companies succeeding in getting much-needed items into Ukraine.

Crowd Sourcing Ukraine’s Supply Problems

Nazarii Semchyshyn is with Michigan-based Standard Trucking, a firm owned by a Ukrainian American who allows volunteers to use the company’s loading dock and warehouse outside of Detroit. Since the beginning of the conflict in February, the volunteers have been packing and shipping items such as personal protective gear, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and medical supplies.