Most of the shelf system has collapsed in Itella's Shushary warehouse in St. Petersburg. Three employees received first aid at the site, but there were no serious injuries. A large number of customer products were damaged, which also affected other companies operating in the warehouse. The reasons for the collapse are still being investigated.
Itella, the Russian authorities and representatives of the City of St. Petersburg have been cooperating closely to minimize the environmental impact of the oil products included in the range of products affected. The yard areas of the warehouse are now clean, and work will continue inside the warehouse.
Freight operations, the office and customer logistics services have been transferred to a temporary office in Utkina Zavod. Temporary warehousing solutions are being arranged. It is estimated that restoring the operations of the Shushary warehouse will take several months.
Itella has a comprehensive insurance plan, but the damage and liabilities are still being evaluated.
Vesa Vertanen, Country Director, Itella, Russia, tel. +7 916 102 0937 / 040 846 2753 or Itella MediaDesk at +358 20 452 3366
Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and product flows. Itella operates in the fields of mail communications, logistics, and financial management in Europe and Russia. Net sales in 2011 amounted to EUR 1,900 million. The number of employees is about 27,500. Corporate services are delivered under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland. More details are available at www.itella.com.