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Chapman Freeborn OBC delivers the first international hand-carry shipment into South Africa after lockdown eases

October 6, 2020

Following the news that travel restrictions in South Africa would be easing from 1st October 2020, the Chapman Freeborn OBC team received an urgent request to deliver a hand-carry shipment from Chicago to Johannesburg via Frankfurt. The first challenge the team had to face was to find a courier who could travel from USA into Europe. Using the Chapman Freeborn OBC vast network, an experienced courier with Swiss citizenship who was living in New York was the perfect choice for the operation.

A second challenge that the team came up against, was to find a courier based in Germany with a negative PCR test and sufficient health insurance. One of the most experienced couriers within the team’s global network was selected for the onward journey.

Upon arrival into Johannesburg, the negative PCR test and health insurance were checked and confirmed. It took less than 36 hours to deliver the shipment from door-to-door, considering travel restrictions only being lifted hours before the second flight left Frankfurt Airport, and a total of 15 flights arriving into Johannesburg that day – a successful operation by the Chapman Freeborn OBC team.

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