The Finnish Olympic Committee has chosen the Finnish CHS Group as its logistics and forwarding partner, and the parties have signed a long-term agreement on co-operation. This partnership is of significant importance to the Finnish Olympic Committee, for during the current Olympiad, a total of 14 teams will travel from Finland to different sports events. This emphasizes the crucial role of functioning logistics and forwarding services in the competition activities of the Finnish Olympic Team.

The number of international competitions with several sports disciplines has increased. In addition to the Summer and the Winter Olympics as well as the Paralympics, the Finnish Olympic Committee sends teams to the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and the Universiades. The co-operation between CHS and the Finnish Olympic Committee becomes concrete for the first time in May, when the sea freight for the Finnish Olympic and Paralympic Teams leaves the Port of Helsinki and heads towards Rio de Janeiro.

-          We are very pleased to be able to concentrate our energy on promoting sports, as we can be confident that our freight will arrive reliably to the destination. We are sending by sea to Brazil, for instance, the bikes with which our athletes will cycle in the Olympic Village. In addition to these, our teams’ other equipment as well as various Finnish products and foodstuffs, which are used to create a cosy atmosphere reminding our athletes of home in the Village, are transported in containers to Rio. The functioning and trustworthiness of logistics is further enhanced by the fact that our athletes’ sailing boats will be transported from Europe to South America through a unique arrangement specific to different countries, Leena Paavolainen – director of the Olympic Games unit responsible for the Finnish Olympic Team’s preparation process on the road to Rio – describes.

-          We are pleased and honoured of the beginning co-operation with the Finnish Olympic Committee. In CHS Group the unit taking care of sports logistics, i.e. the transportation and freight forwarding of the Finnish Olympic Committee in practice, is CHS Expo Freight. We have extensive experience in specialized logistics and I have personally taken part in arranging transportation to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Salt Lake City. Now that we are heading towards the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we have already begun to prepare the smooth running of the Finnish Olympic Team’s transportation needs. I find this early preparation very important as Brazil’s customs requirements are challenging. I am, however, confident that we will be able to secure functioning transportations, as CHS Expo Freight has well-chosen professional co-operation partners at the destination, Heikki Mattola – director of event logistics at CHS Expo Freight – comments.

The Finnish Olympic Team’s preparations for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are well under way. A new, somewhat different logistics challenge is ahead at the beginning of 2018, when the next Winter Olympics will be held in PeyongChang in South Korea. Within the close co-operation between the Finnish Olympic Committee and CHS Group, which will continue until 2019, high-level working models will be set up to ensure the reliable transportation of the Finnish Olympic Team from Finland to anywhere in the world.

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The Finnish Olympic Committee manages and develops Finnish world-class sports in an ethically sustainable way towards international success. The core unit of the Finnish Olympic Committee is the Finnish World-Class Sports Unit, which manages and coordinates the activities of the Finnish world-class sports network.

CHS is a privately-owned Finnish logistics company operating in international logistics, transportation, warehousing, supply chain management, and forwarding services including customs clearance. CHS also offers specialized logistics services such as event, exhibition and culture logistic, life science logistics, and technical distribution.

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