Automotive logistics specialist GEFCO said it had transported 750 tonnes of key automotive spare parts to France, including turbo compressors, pistons, control panels, doors and mouldings, in eight chartered flights to prevent production stoppages over the last two months.

The door-to-door solution included the collection of parts from several suppliers, via truck, from many remote Chinese locations. The urgent parts were consolidated and loaded onto the chartered cargo planes in Shanghai, China before flying to Vatry and Charles de Gaulle Airport, France.

With car plants ceasing activity across Europe, GEFCO is now storing parts in local airport warehouses to ensure fast access for clients as soon as production resumes. To aid manufacturers further in restarting their production, GEFCO has shipped over 2m masks to ensure the health and safety of the customers' employees when sites reopen.

GEFCO also provided all documentation and customs clearances and a pallet system in Europe for speed and efficiency to the European factories.

Paul-Henri Freret, executive vice president, GEFCO Air & Sea, said: "The safety and health of our employees remains paramount and I am proud of the commitment of our GEFCO operating teams that have been able to secure charters of this magnitude, while working remotely."