March 26, 2020

The Association for the Pharmaceutical Industry has appealed for the transport of medicines and other critical goods to be secured.

“The shipping companies in Finland ensure that maritime transport of medicines to Finland is secured on our vessels. The vessels are a vital part of Finland’s security of supply. This will ensure access to medicines in Finland and to Finns everywhere in our country,” says Tiina Tuurnala, President and CEO of the Finnish Shipowners Association.

“Access to groceries, such as food and pharmaceuticals, is ensured in Finland. In its rulings on exceptional circumstances, the Government has stated that the transport of goods and freight is secured. The shipping companies, authorities and the emergency preparedness organization cooperate actively to ensure that all freight is transported.”

Almost 90% of Finland’s imports and exports are transported by sea, in this sense Finland is an island. In addition to the cargo ships, Finnish passenger ships are an important part of security of supply.