From 16 to 18 May, 33 logistics managers from Agility, UPS, DP World, Damco and Maersk travelled from all over the world to attend the 2017 Logistics Emergency Team (LET) Training.

The LET is a unique partnership between the five commercial companies. It was created to support the humanitarian community by providing logistics expertise, human resources, and in-kind services during an emergency response, as well as supporting preparedness activities in countries where member companies already operate and where the long-standing expertise of the companies can be utilized by the humanitarian community.

Through coordination with the Logistics Cluster, the partnership offers humanitarian organisations significant advantages. It can provide knowledge of the local infrastructure, cultures and supply systems, which in turn increases the speed and efficiency of aid distribution and significantly helps efforts at building networks in preparedness activities and gathering data in assessments.

The LET Training took place in Dubai over three days. It was facilitated by members of the Global Logistics Cluster and representatives of the member companies. Participants were introduced to the mandate and scope of the LET and the Logistics Cluster and were familiarized with the supporting coordination mechanisms.

The key part of the training involved a disaster response scenario simulation, giving participants an understanding of the roles and responsibilities and what deployment to a humanitarian emergency might entail. The training serves to ensure that in future LET deployments, the efficiency, flexibility, and the local logistics knowledge of the trainees will help to ensure that the humanitarian community can continue to deliver vital humanitarian assistance in an emergency.