The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is calling for transport operators with spare capacity to get in touch so they can be matched with suppliers to ensure the security of the supply chain during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The call is part of a move by CILT to match organisations together so that those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.

Kevin Richardson, chief executive of CILT, said: “We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure.

“As the pharmaceutical, medical and grocery supply chains begin to witness a rise in demand, CILT will be putting together a database of available resources for cross-sector collaboration to ensure the UK is able to respond to this crisis.”

CILT are calling for the following to contact the institute by emailing

• Logistics or supply chain organisations with operational shortages including drivers and warehouse operators

• Transport operators with resource availability including drivers and vehicles

• Vehicle rental companies with available vehicles

• Retired members of CILT – who are not classified as “high risk” – and able to offer services and expertise to logistics operations at this time