Ukrainian drivers go to war. PM announces anti-Putin shield 08/03/22

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Ukrainian drivers go to war. The prime minister announces "anti-Putin shield"



Author: Łukasz Kuś 2022/03/08

The logistics industry is one of the sectors of the economy that has been hit by the effects of the war in Ukraine. In addition to the difficulties for air and sea transport caused by Western sanctions on Russia, the loss of Ukrainian workers who left for the war turns out to be a big problem.

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According to the Transport and Logistics Poland Employers' Association, about 105 thousand people were employed in Polish transport companies. truck drivers from Ukraine. Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of this country, approximately 25-30% of Ukrainian workers have taken unpaid leaves and left to fight in the war. In some companies, up to 80% of trucks were grounded for this reason.

The Northern Chamber of Commerce has conducted a study which shows that for 40% of companies in Poland, war may directly or indirectly threaten their functioning. 28% of companies are already feeling the effects of the war due to, for example, complications in the supply of raw materials or products. The TFL and construction sectors, which employ a lot of foreign workers, are most at risk.

In addition to the loss of workers, the problem is also the large increase in fuel and raw material prices and the loss of some markets caused by sanctions. The war in Ukraine took place at a time when the logistics industry has been struggling with problems caused by covid for two years, shortage of employees, high costs, disruptions in supply chains and, recently, additional cost-generating obligations introduced in the Mobility Package.

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In connection with the crisis, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckie announced the introduction of an "anti-Putin shield" to support the sectors of the economy that suffered as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, the prime minister announced the extension of the validity of the "anti-inflation shield".