‘Corona hasn’t stopped semen exports’- Walter van der Aa

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‘It demanded high levels of commitment from our team, but we are proud that despite the outbreak of coronavirus, our exports of semen have continued.’ These are the words of Walter van der Aa at CRV’s International Logistics Centre (ILC) in the Netherlands.

‘The ILC processes all the orders from CRV headquarters for both semen and materials’, Walter explains. ‘We ensure that these orders are delivered in the Netherlands and Flanders and shipped to the rest of the world. To do so, our stocks include around 3.5 million doses of semen,’ he explains.

Two shifts, six days a week

When the corona crisis hit, the team at the ILC were working flat out to prepare additional orders for export. ‘We were worried that international borders would close, or that all transport movements would be stopped entirely’, says Walter. ‘But that luckily hasn’t been the case. We have always managed to fulfil the orders and deliver them on time. However, the transport costs to some countries have risen enormously.’

Proud of the team

Until recently, two teams at the ILC were working nine hours a day, six days a week to ensure continuity under the measures imposed due to coronavirus. ‘It demanded high levels of commitment from our team’, Walter says. ‘But we are incredibly proud that corona hasn’t stopped our semen exports and we have continued to serve our international customers.’