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2010 Nov 30 Logistics Minutes and Sitrep

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Sitrep = Situation Report

• Sitrep 2010 Nov 30 Logistics Minutes PDF
o Here I share highlights for MPHISE. I encourage you to download your own copy of the PDF since there’s lots more content there.
o As usual there are many actors in the medical rescue area who have supplies to bring into Haiti, and some of those actors are new to the topic of navigating what may be the most difficult border in the world to transport cargo across. The logistics cluster focuses on helping NGOs deal with that topic, also other transportation, security, warehousing. However, I believe that managing cargo across international borders is a job for professionals in that area.
o I advise all volunteer organizations, which are working in Haiti, to make sure they are registered with the relevant UN clusters, and ALSO connected to the relevant professional associations. Relevant to their areas of operation, professions, etc. A huge problem, with Haiti rescue relief recovery, has been an army of well-meaning groups working in almost total isolation from one another.

Notice that there are several ways to bring cargo into Haiti. If your medical supplies have to pay huge import fees to get in, it means your relevant professionals are not using the Logistics Cluster info effectively.

o Starting point for info about Logistics Cluster work in Haiti is here:

o Chair: Logistics Cluster Deputy Coordinator
o Participants: Caritas – Swiss, CBM, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, US Gov), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Heart to Heart International, HUMEDICA, International Dispensary Association (IDA Foundation), IFRC, International Management Group (IMG, European Commission), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Relief and Development (IRD), MINUSTAH, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Omega Kingdom Ministry, Plan International, Tearfund, Union des Jeunes pour le Developpement Humain Reel et Durable (UJDHRD), UNFPA, UNOCHA, and USAID/OFDA.

o Crossing Haiti Border
o New Customs clearance procedures for non-registered organizations for the cholera response have been published on the Logistics Cluster website:
o This custom clearance process is be managed by the Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC).
o The Logistics Cluster is working on getting a version of this in English.
o The usual procedures remain in place for all registered organizations.
o Organizations are not obliged to consign their shipments to the DPC, but otherwise they will have to pay import taxes.
o It is advisable to obtain customs clearance in advance and to be able to collect cargo upon arrival and avoid last minute issues.
o The Logistics Cluster is encouraging all participants to use private/commercial transporters, and to use the Logistics Cluster transport services as a means of last resort. Write to for those cargo movement and temporary storage requests.

o Medical Supplies Logistical Support
o Logistics Cluster continues to add warehouse and transport capacity where needed, including where many cholera cases.
o Logistics Cluster map products available from Map Centre:
o They are working on updating their GIS with locations of warehouses which may be used by all NGOs who cooperate with Logistics Cluster.

o Planning Ahead
o 30 November marks the end of the cyclonic season that started on 01 June, so there is now a lessons learned exercise going on.
o Feedback (from relevant organizations) on emergency preparedness (information sharing, pre-positioning strategy, overall coordination) as well as emergency response may be sent
o TEARFUND is planning an assessment mission to Cap Haitien and would like to link up with organizations already working there.
o Next meeting: Tuesday, 07 December 2010, at 09:30h, UNFPA Conference Room, LogBase, Port-au-Prince.