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From Poland to Haifa – Steel colossus for the Mediterranean

The new container bridges for the Port of Haifa made their way from Poland through Hamburg and on to the Mediterranean Sea. DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics took on the job of transporting these disassembled ship-to-shore container bridges, consolidating various parts from suppliers all over Europe—a project of epic proportions.

Packaging suitable for stress and transport to prevent damage

Especially in the current uncertain economic situation, the main focus is on safety and ability to deliver. The damage-free transport of goods is essential for this and requires packaging that is suitable for stress and transport. In the following, we would like to give an overview of damage prevention through packaging.

A new take on supply chains

The global economy is picking up once more. But the sharp rise in demand has to navigate not only the continuing pandemic but, increasingly, also material shortages. This presents a historic challenge and a real test for supply chains and global networks. Completely abandoning globalization, however, is not an option.

“I was always curious”

As COO Air & Sea Logistics, Edoardo Podestà has been at the helm of DACHSER´s global air and sea freight business since October 2019. As an Italian living in Asia, he knows both cultures; and has gained experience in various responsible management positions on the international stage. 

DACHSER performs warehouse tests for automated guided vehicles

Tests of automated guided vehicles are currently underway at two DACHSER locations. By performing routine tasks, these vehicles will lighten employees’ workloads long-term.

DACHSER USA expands branch in Phoenix

DACHSER USA announced that it opened a new, larger office facility in Phoenix in the US state of Arizona. This expansion is in response to the increased customer volume within the region, as well as growing logistics demands along the US-West Coast.

The new DACHSER magazine is here!

It’s not often that logistics topics feature as prominently in the daily and business press as they have over the past few months. The global economy is recovering from the shock of the pandemic and in many places production is once again running at full speed. However, articles about the shortfall in raw materials and products, too few containers and pallets, the driver shortage, and a lack of storage space on overland, sea, and air transports are putting a damper on this revival.

Chinese Golden Week holiday 2021: impact on logistics

The October Golden Week holiday in China is soon approaching. Here is all the information you need, together with some market forecasts.

  • What is Golden Week?

Golden Week is a week-long holiday in China. It starts on October 1 which is the country’s National Day, and the holiday extends to October 7. Normal business resumes on October 8.

  • What will happen during the Golden Week?

During the seven-day public holiday, almost all businesses, factories as well as government organizations will be closed or low-staffed. This means that production will be slowed down or completely stopped. Airports, sea ports and warehouses will be operating with limited capacity and Customs offices will be closed.

DACHSER Branches in China will be closed from October 1 to 7.

  • How does the Golden Week impact transport logistics?

The pre-holiday rush usually starts 3-4 weeks before the October 1 National Day holiday with shippers wishing to speed up production to stock up and ship their cargo out from China before the long break.

-Sea freight

Since the capacity is rather at the lower side and it would affect the normal export / import operations. Shipping lines often announce blank sailings in order to adjust their services to the low market demand. Blank sailings start as early as week 38 for some carriers and normal schedules will resume as late as week 42. This year the situation is very dynamic due to severe port congestions and service disruptions that are already happening, carriers may not have artificial blank sailing programs, service conditions may differ from individual shipping lines and routes, please contact your DACHSER representative for details.

If you have any incoming shipments, kindly ensure they are picked up before the holiday to avoid unnecessary storage or detention costs.

Currently the sea freight market is very tense with port congestions, delays and lack of equipment. The recent Typhoon Chanthu worsened the situation with extreme weather conditions, forcing major ports including Shanghai and Ningbo to close for a few days. Space remains critical and rates could be further soaring until the end of the year. Advance booking of 6-8 weeks is needed to secure a space.

-Air freight

For air import, only shipments with pre-booking notice will be handled. Chinese customs will not accept import clearance during the holidays, therefore, import shipments may not be processed on time.

For air export, it is suggested to send bookings or instructions to us as early as possible before the Golden Week. The cut-off time for economic orders is September 29, 12:00 noon China local time. For emergency orders, the cut-off time is September 30, 12:00 noon China local time.

As it is often that air freight space will be very tight and equipment will be in high demand during the traditional pre-holiday period. This year with the severe disruption at Shanghai PVG Airport with the lack of ground handlers, together with the congestion in all other Chinese airports, the supply chains will be under great challenges due to continuous capacity shortages. This situation will inevitably result in longer lead times and higher rates.

-Rail freight

For westbound LCL shipments, the last departure before the Golden Week holiday will be in week 39, and the service will resume in week 42. Other regular services are not impacted but are subject to capacity and equipment availability. Chinese customs will be closed during October 1 to 3 and low-staffed from October 4 to 7, customs clearance may not be performed in time due to limited manpower.

Based on historical records, orders peaked two weeks prior to the holiday. This year, despite the pre-holiday rush, capacity in September is already very tight. As a consequence, the rate level for October is anticipated to increase due to strong demand.

  • Our recommendations

Autumn peak season will immediately follow the Golden Week. Given that the current market situation is very tense, we recommend long-term planning and advance booking to avoid disruptions to your supply chain, even after the Golden Week event. Kindly consider the following:

  • Communicate your needs and shipment deadline with us so we can offer you the most suitable solution that fits your budget.
  • Prepare an accurate shipment forecast well in advance for long-term planning.
  • Place bookings as early as possible; the earlier you book the higher the chance you have to secure a space.
  • Stay tuned to the latest market news, this will enable yourself to plan proactively and react to sudden changes in a timely manner.

At DACHSER, our team is trying its best to provide you with the latest and most relevant information, so that we plan the next steps together. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us, we will be happy to assist you.

Sea Freight: Current situation in the USA

The existing bottlenecks in the US ocean freight market, which are lasting for quite some months already, will continue for a longer period. We would like to give you an overview of the current situation.

Port and rail congestion

Already for months, the USA is experiencing historical congestions in sea freight business. The reason for this ongoing situation is well known: COVID-19 impacts and a high volume demand creating bottlenecks at all major ports and terminals throughout the country. Port and rail operators are operating with reduced staff, which delays loading and unloading of vessels, increases dwell time and slows down transportation processes to the terminals. Ocean Carriers are also overwhelmed with the situation and struggle to provide the needed service and timely response. Ocean vessels are having several days of delay and we experience port omissions on a regular basis. Schedule integrity remains almost non-existent.

US trucking situation

Trucking companies suffered heavily at the beginning of COVID-19 and were forced to let go many of their drivers due to the drop of volume and demand. Then, the boom of freight and demand hit the US market and at this point, not enough drivers were available. The driver situation improved over the last months but the current trucking fleet does still not cover the strong demand. Truckers are overbooked for the next 3-5 weeks. To accelerate the pick-ups and deliveries, LTL and FTL can be an option to arrange transloads into/from containers at designated warehouses.

Chassis in the US

It becomes a great challenge that almost all containers are stuck somewhere on chassis, waiting for transport. That leads to the problem that empty chassis are hardly available to arrange a pick up. Chassis are fully used and become a rare commodity in the US.

US inbound freight

The ports and rail terminals infrastructure in the US is simply overwhelmed by the current import volume. Inbound containers are parked on certain spots to make room for the new vessel / train loadings. In many cases, these "parking lots" are completely overstocked and containers are buried and not available for immediate hand over. In order to arrange a pick-up, the terminal provides appointments to truckers ONLY once the container is available and customs released - which can take days and even weeks in many cases.

US outbound freight

The main challenge is to find the desperately needed container equipment as well as the chassis for the transport. Ports and rail terminals are also full of export containers and the stations are not simply accepting export loads that easily. The situation is tight and almost every shipment is experiencing severe delays.


We estimate that the situation in the US will not improve this year. Even 2022 will continue to be challenging but the team of DACHSER is aiming to provide our clients a good service and solutions despite the challenging times in the USA.

High Priority Cargo

Currently, it is possible to achieve better transit times and shorter turnaround times at the US terminals by using LCL services for prioritized shipments instead of FCL services. DACHSER operates regular premium LCL services on both ex-Asia and Europe trade lanes. Transit times ex China, for example, are even shortened from overall 28 to 18 days. And further, new pipeline services including Atlanta and Los Angeles aim to reduce booking windows immensely. The continuing tight situation in the US ocean freight market will also require that desperately needed freight will have to be loaded more often by air. DACHSER offers regular premium capacity with its own Air Network, for example with weekly connections on the Frankfurt - Chicago route in both directions and the option of connecting to other US airports.

We are in close contact with carriers and service providers on a daily basis and do our best to make your supply chain as smooth as possible. For individual advice, please contact your local representative of DACHSER so that we can implement the best logistics solution for you.

DACHSER expands its Willebroek branch

DACHSER is investing in its branch in Willebroek near Antwerp, Belgium. The expansion of the cross-docking and on-site parking facilities started this summer and is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

Brexit: What remains to be considered

Our Brexit project team has set the course for a functioning and secure logistics network to and from the UK.

Many companies, that depend on the smooth transport of their products, now have to do their Brexit homework to keep their goods moving: Find all the relevant information by clicking on the link below.


DACHSER Asia Pacific facts (as of 2020)

Revenue in EUR (gross, unconsolidated incl. import duties and sales tax)