22. January 2021

Interview with JAROSLAV ČERMÁK

Mr. Čermák Jaroslav is a specialist in chemical logistics at Duslo a.s. Šaľa, at the Association of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry of the Slovak Republic, leads the working group for logistics and DINS. He participated in the construction of several logistics concepts for the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail, river and sea. He has built and manages the operation of the DINS emergency cargo accident system and represents it in the European Chemical Industry Association CEFIC. He worked as a coordinator of ChemLog projects, ChemLog T&T, in which together with the University of Žilina they created several unique solutions. Mr. Čermák represents Slovak chemical logistics in international forums.

1. What are the main disrupters for DGR handling?
In the field of DGR / PNT, there is quite strict police supervision for compliance, especially abroad, so that any non-compliance will cause sanctions on the carrier but also on the consignor. We also have to deal with regular changes in regulations every two years. Although, we see in them the direction of development of new technologies, e.g. in the field of batteries, hydrogen drives.

2. Tell us about key areas in Logistics/Supply chain where DGR Freight Forwarding can improve the most and why?
In the area of transport, compliance with legislation is good, and transport safety is at a high level. We will focus more on greening transport to reduce emissions. In ChemLog projects, we addressed the transfer of transport to combined transport as a way to reduce CO2 emissions. We will use the experience gained, and we will be happy to share it with the logistics sector.

3. What is your opinion about positioning WOF EXPO in Central and Eastern Europe region?
I consider the organization of the logistics event in Central Europe to be the right move, and we have supported it from the beginning. That is an area of rapid development, perhaps also thanks to the automotive industry, which is developing rapidly. It also applies to chemistry or transport in the area of emissions, batteries, hydrogen propulsion and the use of LNG.

4. What will be impact of Covid19 for further business development in your core business?
The onset of the pandemic has been handled by the low-loss chemical industry. The transport of the products proceeded quite smoothly during the stricter hygienic measures, also thanks to the truckers and the dedication of the drivers. They had to cope with increased hygiene requirements as well as increased separation from people.

The Association of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry of the Slovak Republic (ZCHFP SR) was established as a voluntary association of business entities in the Slovak chemistry and pharmacy sector on November 30, 1991. It currently represents 63 member entities with more than 16,000 employees.
ZCHFP SR focuses on defending the commercial and business interests of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in dialogue with parliament and government, trade union headquarters, interest groups, national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Business support for its member entities, in particular, through a professional information service and many other activities.