The German Federal Government has announced that the United Kingdom, is now considered to be an “area of variant of concern.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Disruption to EU distribution due to amended COVID restrictions:

As a direct result of the increasing incidence of COVID infections related to the “Indian Variant”, The German Federal Government has announced that the United Kingdom, is now considered to be an “area of variant of concern.”

To date, where travel restrictions have been in place for international travel, there has been little impact to the Logistics Commodities and Service Transformation (LCST) operation. However, that position has now changed and drivers of freight vehicles will be required to undertake a number of additional steps to enter Germany, and if they stay longer than 72 hours, will be forced to quarantine in country for a period of 10 days.

Implications of the amended restrictions

At this point in time, there is no indication from the German Government as to how long this measure will be in place, but current media reporting suggests it could be for two weeks to allow the UK vaccination programme to reduce infection rates. We are also monitoring potential changes in other European countries.

The impact to LCST operations is anticipated to be as follows:

GRMS – Household Moves delayed

Our Key Sub-Contractor Agility has been working with suppliers and they are confident that for the next 14 days of activity, they will be able to meet 90% of their current planned moves. Where a tasking will be affected by the restrictions, the customer will be contacted by Agility to agree alternative arrangements.

Front Line Command Personnel and Manning Teams have also been informed, as has Amey, who is responsible for the provision of housing and facilitating housing handover/takeover, allowing them to plan any rescheduling of moves. Individuals who are likely to experience disruption as a result of movement delay, should in the first instance, contact your unit HR.

The situation will continue to be tracked and further updates provided when new information is released.

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