It has broken news recently about the heavy snow that has hit central Europe. The fall of snow has not only broken records, but has cut villages off and trapped people in their homes.

Affected areas such as Austria has had its deepest January snowfall since 1923, Turkey has experienced temperatures of 0-degrees (as 9-degrees is the norm), Athens beaches are covered in snow, and Northern Greece is experiencing a record-breaking low of -23-degrees.

Due to the heavy fall of snow, freight has seen an interference in its progress with delayed flights and other transport forms, however there have been no reports so far about any major cargo blockings. Whilst short-haul flights have been cancelled throughout Europe, Emirates SkyCargo have confirmed that despite the delays, they will ensure that cargo is still transported successfully and safely.

Due to the discussion of extreme weather conditions, it seems a relevant topic to ask the affect snow has on freight and shipping…

First of all, it creates incredibly dangerous conditions to manoeuvre any type of vehicle, especially carrying a heavy load. Furthermore, might be impossible for cargo to even move loads through the thick snowfall. Sea and air ports close due to the dangerous weather conditions, bringing the transportation of goods to a halt. Freight and courier transport is an industry that is consistently moving, and when extreme weather conditions affect the logistics of important loads, it can cause major disruptions.

According to government statistics, 2009–10’s winter was the UK’s coldest for 30 years. Snow continued to fall between mid-December until the end of February and every month of the winter was colder than average. This caused disruption to rail services, but the main problem was accessing salt and grit for the roads.

Following the hard winter of 2010, David Quarmby CBE, chair of the RAC Foundation, stated that the UK needed to “identify practical measures to improve the response of England’s transport sector—road, rail and air—to severe winter weather”. Quarmby was subsequently requested to undertake an “urgent audit” of the coping strategies that were in place during the cold winter the UK faced from the highway authorities and transport operators in England.