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09/28/2022
China-Hong Kong cross-border trucking reached a milestone

In March 2022, due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Bay Area, various transport restrictions were implemented at the China–Hong Kong border to prevent the spread of virus. Customers with air export shipments out of Hong Kong encountered difficulties in order delivery from their production facilities in China to Hong Kong airport. DACHSER Greater China teams reacted quickly to the situation by arranging cross-border trucking solutions to offer customers a seamless and timely connection to Air & Sea Logistics.

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09/13/2022
National Day Golden Week Holiday in China

During October 1 to 7, most businesses and factories in China will be closed. The week-long holiday in one of the world’s most important economies poses an impact to the international supply chain. Start to prepare now to minimize the possible disruptions.

  • What is Golden Week?

Golden Week is a 7-day national holiday in China. Every year the Chinese celebrate the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1. For this occasion, there is a week-long holiday extended from October 1 to October 7. Traditionally, Chinese people used to take the opportunity to travel for leisure and visit their families in other parts of China.

DACHSER in China, like many other businesses, will be closed during the Golden Week and resume normal operations on October 8.

  • What will happen during Golden Week?

Most businesses and factories will be closed during the week-long holiday, meaning that production will be at halt. Airports and seaports will keep operating but with reduced manpower due to low production volume from factories. Normally government institutions such as customs offices will be closed from October 1 – 3.

Since China, one of the world’s biggest economies and production countries, will come to a standstill for a whole week and factories may not run at full capacity as soon as the official holiday ends, the plunge of production volume would have an impact on the worldwide supply chain.

  • How to minimize the impact of Golden Week?

While we try our best to minimize any possible interruptions to your supply chain, you can also help us by considering the following:

  • Communicate with your suppliers and customers to make arrangements for sufficient stock and manage expectations
  • Discuss your planning with us and prepare an accurate shipment forecast for long-term planning, so we can offer you the most suitable solution that fits your budget and schedule
  • Place your booking earlier and pay attention to the cut-off dates
  • For sea freight, it is recommended to book 4-6 weeks before the start of holiday
  • For air freight, it is recommended to book 1-2 weeks before the start of holiday

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual local DACHSER contact who will be happy to assist and plan the next steps with you together.

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09/13/2022
LCL smart routing: DACHSER launches new direct consolidation service from China cities to Karlsruhe in Germany

DACHSER expands Sea Freight LCL network portfolio, offering new weekly direct consolidation services from Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen to Karlsruhe in Germany.

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09/13/2022
Step by step toward the goal — Sea freight groupage containers facilitate the continuous flow of goods

In turbulent economic times, sea freight groupage containers are becoming increasingly popular. Production bottlenecks, fragile global supply chains, and a container shortage have further increased the demand for small and predictable shipment sizes in sea freight. Michael Kriegel, Department Head DACHSER Chem Logistics, explains the service that enables a reliable flow of goods in sea freight. He also talks about why a good network connection is crucial, especially for goods with high security requirements.

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09/06/2022
DACHSER delivers to Munich's city centre with zero emissions

DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery is being launched in the Bavarian capital. In a defined inner-city area, the logistics provider is now delivering all parcel and general cargo deliveries with zero emissions. FUSO eCanter electric trucks are being used for this purpose.

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08/25/2022
“The network makes us flexible”

Demand for air freight capacity remains high. In the first half of 2022, DACHSER operated 150 charter flights—that’s 50 more than in the same period in 2021. But challenges in air freight remain: lockdowns in China and staffing bottlenecks, exacerbated by strikes at major European and international airports, make supply chains susceptible to disruption. Timo Stroh, Head of Global Air Freight at DACHSER, talks about the current situation in air freight as well as potential prospects and solutions.

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08/22/2022
Winning endurance

In logistics, the pandemic is making dispatch processes more complex, especially for sea freight. As Ocean Freight LCL Manager Asia Pacific, Carolin Choy sees these challenges as opportunities. Luckily, she has a hobby that helps her.

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08/22/2022
Top performance in any terrain

Camso specializes in off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks, and track systems for commercial and powersport vehicles. To reach its customers in Europe as quickly and efficiently as possible, the company entrusted its logistics management to DACHSER as Lead Logistics Provider—a solution with a future.

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08/19/2022
Sea Freight | United Kingdom – Strike at port Felixstowe

Announcement of a strike at Felixstowe, one of the largest ports in the UK.

After the union and the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company were unable to reach an agreement regarding the union's tariff, more than 1,900 union members will strike from Sunday,  August 21 until Monday, August 29.

Felixstowe handles almost half of the UK's container traffic, and this action is expected to impact supply chains, logistics operations, haulage operations, and international maritime trade.

All other UK ports as well as Northern and Western European ports, will most likely experience congestion, resulting in bottlenecks in port operation and delays.

At this stage, the full impact of these actions cannot be predicted. However, it is recommended to place bookings as early as possible and to be flexible with haulage and routings.

If you have any questions, please contact your usual DACHSER representative for more information about your shipment.

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08/12/2022
Exoskeletons pass practical trial: Innovative technology takes the strain for warehouse employees

For the first time, DACHSER has tested active exoskeletons produced by German Bionic under everyday work conditions in the warehouse. The results are impressive. Now the technology will be rolled out at additional locations.

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07/20/2022
DACHSER keeps moving rail freight via the middle corridor

Despite the Russia-Ukraine conflict, DACHSER keeps connecting China and Europe by its railway services via an alternative route – the middle corridor. Since the end of May 2022, the logistics provider has been organizing a train connection on the Xi’an-Budapest route with at least one departure per week.

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07/19/2022
UK introduces new customs system

In the United Kingdom, the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system is being replaced by the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS). Importers in the UK must therefore prepare for changes.

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07/13/2022
The new DACHSER magazine is here!

Courage and confidence are always good companions, and at the moment they are more important than ever—there seems to be no end to the challenges and crises. Amid all the uncertainty, we at DACHSER take matters into our own hands in order to get the best for our customers. The stories in the new DACHSER magazine make this clear.

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07/11/2022
The global network of operative experts

For 10 years now, DACHSER has been training employees to become operative experts. The goal is to enable them to enrich and support their own branches and thus the entire DACHSER network with a wealth of experience and detailed know-how. But what exactly makes such an operative specialist?

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06/22/2022
Air freight market update | June 2022

DACHSER has extended its charter program on the route between Shanghai and Frankfurt. A clear signal of reliability and stability in times of continuing challenges on the global trade markets.

  • Current Situation

Demand for air cargo softened in March and April due to ongoing supply chain disruptions and global inflation. China’s zero-covid strategy with massive lockdowns in Shanghai and other Chinese cities, as well as  the continuing conflict between Ukraine and Russia led to limited flight capacities, supply bottlenecks, and a rapid increase in fuel and energy prices. In 2022, jet fuel prices increased by more than 70%.
 
It is a challenging operating environment for all businesses. But with the easing of restrictions in China on June 1, it will now become even more difficult. It is expected that demand for cargo capacity will increase in the coming months.
 
Therefore, DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics has already extended its charter program on the route between Shanghai and Frankfurt to cover the period from May 2022 to April 2024. Thus, DACHSER is able to continue offering its customers reliable transport capacities. Two days a week, DACHSER flies between Asia and Europe with a wide-bodied aircraft, transporting 33 tons each way.

With this premium service, DACHSER can respond to market capacity changes at short notice and ensure its own stable air freight network.
 

  • China

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Shanghai lifted the restrictions on COVID-19 after a two-month lockdown. However, the city is still far away from normal:
 
·         Residents from COVID-19 low-risk areas are free to move within the city.

·         Resumption of public transport.

·         A number of businesses and retailers are still closed and will gradually reopen.

·         Factories and production sites located in COVID-19 low-risk areas are gradually resuming 
          to normal over the next few weeks.

·         Transport logistics services are also resuming to their normal capacity step by step 
          as the restrictions on roads, workers, and drivers are lifted.
 
During the lockdown period, DACHSER’s consolidation warehouse at Shanghai PVG Airport Cargo City was closed. As of June 1, 2022, the warehouse is operating again and the transitional warehouse outside of the Cargo City has been decommissioned again.

  • DACHSER Air network

The flexible and constant structure of the DACHSER Air network, in combination with the worldwide DACHSER gateway locations, serves all requirements of global supply chains.
 
The weekly network capacities from Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai) to Europe and between Europe and the USA (rotation) are an integral part of DACHSER's air freight portfolio. If necessary, additional capacities are booked at short notice. 

  • Supply & Demand Indices and Oil Development

Please click the button below to read the latest Indexes on Supply & Demand and Oil Development.

We are looking forward supporting you in stabilizing your supply chain and are at your disposal for an individual consultation. Please do not hesitate to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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06/22/2022
Sea freight market update | June 2022
  • Strikes at Germany and South Korea

In the German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the four-hour warning strike did  not lead to major vessel delays, however the suspension of handling operations at the terminals led to massive backlogs and later on the roads. This is expected to take a while to be resolved. In Asia, the eight-day strike in South Korea has come to an end and road transportation is returning to normal, but the it will take more time to clear the backlog.
 

  • Easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China

Lockdown relief in Shanghai will lead to an increase in export container volumes into Europe and on Transpacific Eastbound, which might cause space issues, empty equipment challenges and rising rate levels. On the Transpacific trade, rates are stable and  space is  adequate. Carriers expect a new rush of cargo to the US once the factories in China return  back to normal.

Trade Lane Update

EUROPE

Port congestion in Northern Europe continues to worsen. Very high slot densities at Northern European container terminals and bottlenecks in inland transport are aggravating port congestion problems in the trade between the Far East and Northern Europe.

Container ships operating on this route currently take an average of 101 days to complete a full round voyage. This means that on average they arrive 20 days too late in China to start  their next round trip, forcing carriers to blank sailings because no ship  is available.
 
Port Congestion EMEA

  • Belgium                     Antwerp 2 days
  • France                        Le Havre 1 day
  • Germany                   Bremerhaven 3 days
  •                                     Hamburg 6 days                                
  •                                     Wilhelmshaven 0 days
  • Italy                            Trieste 3 days
  • Netherlands             Rotterdam 2-3 days
  • Slovenia                    Koper 1 day
  • Spain                         Algeciras 1 day
  •                                    Valencia 1 day


Europe - Far East
Space is currently available but empty equipment is likely to be running short in the upcoming weeks.

Europe - South America East & West Coast
Space is overall tight but to South America East Coast it is slightly better than to South America West Coast. The empty equipment situation in Northern Europe is tight, especially the lack of containers in Inland Depots. Vessels often face large delays due to congested terminals. Carriers continue with schedule recovery measures, such as port omissions and blank sailings. The situation in Northern Europe Ports, including Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Antwerp are getting worse, due to strikes . It is recommended to place bookings well in advance, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before sailing.

Europe – Mexico
Space is very tight. The empty equipment situation in Northern Europe is tight, especially the lack of containers in Inland Depots. It is recommended to place bookings at least 5 to 6 weeks before sailing. Rates remain at a very high level and no rate reductions are expected in Q3. Vessels are frequently heavily delayed on all services. Especially if vessels have their first port call in the US. Carriers are looking into options to improve schedule reliability, but there are no service changes announced yet.

Europe – Indian Subcontinent
Space is available. Congestion and vessel delays are overall still ongoing in Northern and Southern Europe. The empty equipment situation in Northern Europe is improving while it is still tight in Southern Europe . Congestion in Sri Lanka is still not improving due to the political situation. 

ASIA

Port Congestion Asia

  • China Mainland             Ningbo: 7-10 days
  •                                         Dalian / Shanghai: 7-10 days
  •                                          Qingdao / Xingang: 7-10 days
  •                                          Nanjing / Xiamen: no congestion
  •                                          Yantian/ Shekou / Nansha: 7-10 days
  •                                          Hong Kong 7-10 days
  • India Subcontinent       Chittagong: 3-6 days.
  •                                          Colombo: Delays for containers going into Cochin.
  •                                          All other ports: no congestion
  • Indonesia                       Jakarta / Surabaya / Semarang: 2-3 days
  • Korea                              Busan / Incheon: 5-7 days
  • Malaysia                         Port Klang / Pasir Gudang / Tanjung Pelepas / Penang: 5-7 days      
  • Singapore                       No congestions for FCL containers, 
  •                                          some delays for LCL shipments depending on the carrier.
  • Taiwan                            Keelung / Kaohsiung / Taichung: 3-7 days
  • Thailand                         Bangkok: 7-10 days
  •                                          Laem Chabang: 2-3 days
  • Vietnam                          Haiphong Export / Import: 4-5 days
  •                                          Saigon Export / Import: 7-10 days


Far East - Europe
Space is generally available, depending on the carrier and loop. The empty equipment situation in Asia is still tight.

Far East – Mexico
The market is heating up, and space to Mexico is becoming an issue. Rates have increased, and for July further upward rate adjustments are expected.

Far East - South America East Coast
The empty equipment situation in Asia is very tight, especially in the North,  affecting large ports like Tianjin and Qingdao. As the situation in Shanghai gradually resumes to normal, space is becoming very tight. It is recommended to place bookings well in advance, ideally 3 to 4 weeks before sailing. Since June 01, 2022, rates have been increasing on a weekly basis.

Indian Subcontinent – Europe
Space is available and the empty equipment situation is further improving. Please consider congestion and delays when transporting shipments via Colombo.

  • DACHSER LCL service India - Spain

DACHSER is launching its own Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) consol service from Nhava Sheva to Valencia. The LCL service offers frequent departures and reliable transit time. Please contact your DACHSER representative if you are interested.

Transpacific Eastbound
Due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China, space and equipment decreased . The situation is predicted to tighten again in July and August due to potentially high volumes. Supply and demand are currently under control, but this could change in the next month  due  to the predicted pick up of containers towards the US.
 
In South Korea, the Truckers’ Union went on a strike at the ports for eight days. Currently, the situation is that the Union will not strike but it is unknown if the situation will change in the next few weeks. Negotiations between the Union and the government are still ongoing, but signs are showing that both parties will come to an agreement. 

US Port congestion is ongoing but decreasing due to the decreased volumes from Asia.

  • DACHSER expedited LCL Service

DACHSER offers an expedited LCL service from China to the U.S. West Coast, which is a reliable alternative for customers to avoid congestion issues. The weekly scheduled direct expedited LCL service reduces transit times by 3-7 days. Please do not hesitate to contact your local DACHSER sales team to get further information about the LCL service.

AMERICA

Port Congestion in North America
West coast

  • Los Angeles                   9 days waiting time to berth
  • Oakland                         8 days waiting time to berth
  • Tacoma                          waiting time insignificant
  • Seattle                            Situation fluid

 
East Coast

  • Boston                            Situation fluid
  • New York                       5 days waiting time to berth
  • Baltimore                       Situation fluid
  • Norfolk                           2 days waiting time to berth
  • Charleston                     Situation fluid
  • Savannah                       5 days waiting time to berth
  • Jacksonville                    Situation fluid
  • Miami                             Situation fluid
  • Mobile                            Situation fluid
  • Houston                         5 days waiting time to berth

Transatlantic
Currently, there is space available depending on the destination coast. But this is expected to tighten once cargo flows in Asia are picking up again. It is recommended to place bookings 2 to 3 weeks in advance. New York remains to be congested and delays at the NYC Ports are up to 10 days. Montreal is facing heavy delays as well and all transfer loads (to inland points) are affected combined with truck and rail shortages.

In general, most destination ports are volatile. The empty equipment situation in Northern Europe is still challenging across the region. The lack of 40-footers is a main issue.

  • Container Indexes

Click the button below to read the current development on the World Container Index and Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.

If you would like to discuss your transport needs, please get in touch with your local DACHSER representative to work out the best logistics solution.

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