Sending containers to Syria refugees in KR-Iraq
If you are thinking of sending us a container, please read the following information and guidelines carefully:
Please talk to us first
All containers sent to rescue4children for Syrian refugees must be approved by us in advance and booked in. No containers can be sent without prior notice and approval, and we almost always ask the sender to cover some, if not all, of the costs involved (please see below). Container schedules are passed to our head of logistics in Turkey and a donation certificate is required. Shipments into Turkey are governed by strict regulations and, quite rightly, come under close scrutiny. You will need to provide full information as to the container’s contents.
How our shipments work
We ship containers by road and then sea from London, Nottingham, Birmingham or Edinburgh to the Port of Mersin, south-eastern Turkey.
The containers and/or their contents are then moved from Mersin to Erbil.
The contents of the container are then off-loaded to our warehouse in Erbil.
We then take the truck into our warehouse to sort through it and document what was received before reaching out to final beneficiaries.
Warehousing in the UK, if storage is required
Shipment from the UK to Turkey (around £1,600 per container)
Processing and transport from Mersin to Erbil (around £1,500 per container)
Transport of contents to beneficiaries varies according to the geographical location.
Staff costs for the above.
Therefore, each container of aid for Syrian refugees costs around £4,000 to process and transport. Because of the volume of containers we receive, we are unable to shoulder the full cost. We therefore request that all container shipments are accompanied by a contribution of £4,000. Please contact us to discuss how this can be arranged.
Items we cannot accept
Old or broken medical equipment, or equipment with missing parts or requiring consumables which cannot be replaced
Used clothing or bedding
Medication (unless supplied in bulk, and with our advance agreement, by a medical or pharmaceutical organisation)
Perishable items, including perishable foodstuffs
Luxury items (please consider carefully what is appropriate to people in a conflict zone).
Items we are delighted to accept
High-quality new or used medical equipment IN GOOD WORKING ORDER (please contact us first to discuss), including theatre equipment (large and small, including operating tables); defibrillators, heart monitors and ECG machines; surgical tools and external fixators; anaesthetic equipment & ventilators; obstetric & neo-natal equipment; radiography equipment; suturing equipment & supplies; dressings & bandages; oxygen generators; baby incubators; dialysis equipment with consumables
High-quality new medical consumables (please contact us first to discuss)
Hospital beds, stretchers, wheelchairs and crutches IN GOOD WORKING ORDER
Non-perishable foods, notably bags of rice, sugar, pasta and (most importantly) tinned food
NEW blankets, groundsheets & sleeping bags
Diesel generators IN GOOD WORKING ORDER
Baby milk (we adhere to strict international humanitarian policies on baby milk, but we do take it deep into Syria for orphans & abandoned children)
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc).
Please talk to us about your plans
We would be delighted to discuss your plans for sending us a container of aid. Please help us to understand what your plans are, and help us to help you.