With more than 5,500 athletes from more than 80 countries, over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from over 44 countries, 25,000 volunteers and 12,000 media representatives attending, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, has seen a huge logistical challenge to ensure pallets and packages are transported from countries all over the world to one central location.
The goods have been shipped by sea, air, rail and road, were managed by the Federal Customs Service and Sochi 2014 organising committee. For every piece of equipment shipped, there will be extra in case of damage or faulty pieces.
The goal of the Sochi 2014 organising committee logistics function is to support Olympic and Paralympic family members in arranging the delivery and customs clearance of Games-related goods as efficiently as possible and on time.
A reported $51 billion has been spent on the Sochi Winter Olympics, making it the most expensive Olympic Games ever, and $8.7 billion was spent on completing the road and rail infrastructure for transportation. New roads with a total length of 157km, the modernisation of existing infrastructure and the construction of new stations have all been implemented by Russian Railways to aid the Games.
Once the freight is shipped to final destinations from the distribution centres, freight forwarders will have a precise delivery window for each venue to guarantee maximum security.
Good luck team GB!