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DACHSER secures long-term air freight capacity

DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics is extending its charter program on the route between Shanghai and Frankfurt to cover the period from May 2022 to April 2024. This enables the logistics provider to continue to offer its customers reliable transport capacity. DACHSER flies a widebody aircraft between Asia and Europe two days a week, transporting 33 metric tons at a time.

Efficient management of global supply chains by DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics

In air and sea freight, operational procedures are characterized by a high degree of manual effort and require coordination with numerous contacts. With DACHSER as a logistics partner, customers benefit from digital solutions for more efficient management of their international supply chains. A single point of contact at DACHSER supports and coordinates their simple and fast implementation.

Knowing where and how

Shipment tracing and transport management in the Internet of Things: with GPS location tracking using 5G/LPWAN technology and telematics, DACHSER Road Logistics is setting new standards in real-time tracking, arrival-time prediction, and visualization of long-distance groupage shipments.

Megatrends in logistics

What kind of future should logistics providers be preparing themselves for? What trends and developments will shape and reshape the sector tomorrow? And what is DACHSER’s take on all this? Here are five milestones on the way to the logistics market of the future.

The new DACHSER magazine is here!

The economy, logistics, and people all over the world—no matter where you look, we’re all still trying to find our way through very uncertain times. We have yet to tame the coronavirus, as the massive outbreak in the international trade hub of Hong Kong recently made clear. Meanwhile, the world is staring with disbelief at what’s happening in the heart of Europe. The terrible war in Ukraine is causing huge numbers of people to flee their homes.

DACHSER expands its sea freight LCL network portfolio to include China to Denmark and Sweden

Starting March 2022, the direct LCL service departs once per week from Ningbo and Shanghai directly to Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Eliminating deconsolidation at the transit terminal reduces the handling time, making this service a particularly fast transport option.

Ahead of the curve – customer case Aptiv

Radical upheavals are in store for the automotive industry. Aptiv is a leading technology company innovating at the intersection of disruptive trends in the mobility industries. And intelligent logistics is making a crucial difference.

Sea freight market update | March 2022

Lockdowns in China softened the global market demand at the end of March, while the Russia-Ukraine conflict has an impact on fuel price.

  • Lockdowns in China

Throughout the second half of March, several major cities in China reported an increased number of COVID-19 cases. With its ‘zero-tolerance’ policy, local authorities implemented strict measures to curb the spread of the pandemic. During the lockdown in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Shanghai, even factories were not allowed to open. Overall, the production level in China has slowed down, which leads to reduced export volume and a softer market demand.

  • Russia-Ukraine conflict

DACHSER, as well as most of the international companies and carriers, decided to  stop operating services to and from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. The suspension of shipping services calling at Russia and Ukraine is resulting in a significant re-routing of cargoes. The backlog of containerized freight in ports and terminals is exacerbating, many ports and terminals are already suffering from severe congestion issues. In consequence, more shipping capacities are held up which causes further pressure on the supply of tonnage. Freight rates are expected to keep at sky-high levels.

Additionally, the skyrocketing fuel price has forced carriers to adjust their bunker surcharges. In April, the adjusted bunker surcharges will have an impact on the overall rate level.

  • Trade Lane Update


Port Congestion EMEA

  • Belgium                  Antwerp 5 days
  •                                  Zeebrugge 1 day
  • Germany                Bremerhaven 12 days
  •                                  Hamburg 5 days                                
  •                                  Wilhelmshaven 3 days
  • Italy                         Trieste 2 days
  • Netherlands           Rotterdam 7 days
  • Slovenia                  Koper 7 days

Europe - Far East

Space is available, but empty equipment is tense, especially in some of the inland ports.

Europe - South America East & West Coast

Space is partly available,  however, the West Coast becomes more tight in space. Empty equipment availability in North Europe is more or less stable but slightly tight in the hinterland area. It is recommended to place bookings 4-6 weeks in advance.

Europe – Mexico

Empty equipment availability in North Europe has been worsening, driven by a lack of supply from one of the carriers, which leads to shortages across the market. The situation is expected to improve at the end of March. Space is still under pressure and rates are increasing. Vessels’ turnaround is still slow and capacities are not yet restored to normal.

Europe – Indian Subcontinent

Space is available and empty equipment availability in North Europe is improving.


Port Congestion Asia

  • China Mainland             Dalian / Hong Kong / Nansha / Ningbo / Shanghai / Shekou /                                          Qingdao / Xingang / Yantian: 7-10 days
  •                                          Nanjing / Xiamen: no congestion
  • India Subcontinent       Chittagong: 1-2 days. All other ports: no congestion
  • Indonesia                       Jakarta / Surabaya / Semarang: 2-3 days
  • Korea                              Busan / Incheon: 5-7 days
  • Malaysia                         5-7 days      
  • Singapore                      2-3 days due to port congestion
  •                                          Transshipment cargoes rolling 7-14 days in Singapore, depending on 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 very limited, as well as empty equipment availability. With the lockdowns in Shenzhen and Dongguan and most recently in Shanghai, the overall productivity from China is slowing down at the end of March. As a consequence, production delays and disruptions are to be expected.

Pick-ups and deliveries in China are also a challenge due to COVID-19 related measures, some truck drivers are quarantined, and highways are heavily restricted with checkpoints to verify drivers’ testing reports.

DACHSER launches a new LCL service from Ningbo/Shanghai to Copenhagen/Gothenburg. The direct LCL service effectively cuts down transit time and saves logistics costs. Read more.

Far East - South America East Coast

Space remains tight, as well as empty equipment availability, especially for 40’ equipment in North China. Therefore, it is recommended to place bookings 4 weeks in advance.

Indian Subcontinent – Europe

Space remains tight,  and carriers strictly control it. Empty equipment availability is still tight on India East Coast, whereas it is improving on India West Coast.

Transpacific Eastbound

Equipment availability remains under pressure in China. However, the lockdowns in China are slowing down the overall productivity at the end of this month. Production delays and disruptions are to be expected. Rates remain at a high level and may increase in the coming weeks as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and production rebounds. Capacity is tight; therefore, it is recommended to place bookings 4-6 weeks in advance.

Schedule integrity remains unsteady, as the turnaround time of the vessels is still slow. Port congestion has spread from Los Angeles to the East Coast. Charleston and Norfolk started to be heavily congested and therefore should be avoided. The development of a possible rail strike in Canada may have an impact on shipments to the US West Coast. As an alternative to the equipment shortage for full container shipments, DACHSER is offering its expedited LCL service on the transpacific route.

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.


Port Congestion in North America

West coast

  • Los Angeles                   20-25 days waiting time to berth
  • Oakland                         20 days waiting time to berth
  • Tacoma                          waiting time insignificant
  • Seattle                            35 days waiting time to berth

East Coast

  • Boston                           Situation fluid
  • New York                       11 days waiting time to berth due to bad weather
  • Baltimore                       Situation fluid
  • Norfolk                           10 days waiting time to berth
  • Charleston                     16 days waiting time to berth
  • Savannah                       waiting time insignificant
  • Jacksonville                    Situation fluid
  • Miami                              Situation fluid
  • Mobile                             Situation fluid
  • Houston                          waiting time insignificant


Empty equipment availability in North Europe has been worsening, driven by a lack of supply from one of the carriers, which leads to shortages across the market. The situation is expected to improve at the end of March. Space is still under pressure and rates are increasing. Vessels’ turnaround is still slow and capacities are not yet restored to normal. Overall, US container transports remain challenging, as the availability of chassis is still an issue and trucking costs are increasing.

  • 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.

Air freight market update | March 2022

DACHSER is focusing on stabilizing and expanding its global air freight network in order to offer additional capacity and solutions in a market that remains tense.

  • Current Situation

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the sanctions imposed as a result are having an impact on all sectors. Airspace closures and the suspension of cooperation with Russian airlines are further tightening air freight capacities, that were already under pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the problems in the ocean freight sector.

By launching additional individual freight capacities, DACHSER is expanding its air freight portfolio and offering its customers reliable network capacities even in this unpredictable market situation.

In March, three additional charter flights were organized between Europe and Asia, with an additional capacity of around 300 tons on the Frankfurt - Shanghai route.

DACHSER thus responds to capacity fluctuations in the market at short notice and ensuring its own stable air freight network.


Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in some major cities in China, partial lockdowns and further measures to contain the spread have been taken in the cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dongguan in recent weeks.

Airport operations were not affected, but production and manufacturing facilities were temporarily closed. Now that production has restarted, further capacity shortages are to be expected.

  • Fuel costs

The increase of fuel costs was again drastically driven up by the Russia-Ukraine conflict (March: 130 USD/barrel), affecting all modes of transport. Price increases for pre- and on-carriage and a rising fuel surcharge index in air freight, which has currently only eased slightly at a high level.

  • 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. As currently this month between Frankfurt and Shanghai.

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.

  • Supply & Demand Indices and Oil Development

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

Rising case numbers in China: impact on operational activities

Last weekend, several major cities in China reported an increased number of COVID-19 cases, which led to intensified measures. This has an impact on DACHSER's operating activities:


As the epidemic has reached significant levels in Shanghai districts, rigorous actions have been taken, including massive COVID-19 testing and a lockdown of affected communities and residential areas. Airports, seaports, warehouses and depots are operating as usual, subject to the following:

  • Due to the aforementioned measures and quarantine regulations, Shanghai is currently experiencing a significant shortage of workforce in all sectors, including administration, warehousing, and driver personnel.
  • Neighbouring cities to Shanghai, including Suzhou, Taicang, Kunshan, Changzhou, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, are imposing restrictions on trucks coming from Shanghai and drivers must present a negative test result. Therefore, it is expected that pickups from and deliveries to Shanghai will become more difficult in the next 1-2 weeks.
  • At this stage, we have not received any carrier announcements about vessel omissions. All barge operators are performing at normal levels, to ensure the connection to mother vessels in Shanghai. However, as the situation is developing rapidly, carriers may react accordingly if the driver shortage or truck restrictions lead to a serious container bottleneck.
  • The locations of DACHSER in Shanghai, including the downtown office, the PVG Airport office, and the Huaqiao Warehouse, have established special working arrangements since March 14, whereby employees alternate between working from home and the office.  The local contact at DACHSER can be contacted through the usual communication channels.


The authorities of Shenzhen city are implementing a lockdown from March 14 until March 20.  Precautionary measures include COVID-19 mass tests, suspension of public transport, shutdown of shops, production and business activities. Staff are only allowed to work from home.

  • The airports and seaports are operating as usual. The air and sea freight operations of DACHSER are not affected. However, similar to Shanghai, there may be staff shortages at certain facilities such as customs due to COVID-19 testing and quarantine.
  • Production and manufacturing facilities will be suspended temporarily, which will lower demand for air and sea freight. However, this may have a more far-reaching impact on the supply chain in the near future.
  • Most of the warehouses stopped their operations until further notice.
  • Sea freight LCL-CFS bonded warehouses are closed until further notice and shipments from Shenzhen are currently on hold. We will contact you directly if your shipment is affected.
  • Local trucking within Shenzhen is not subject to any restrictions, and trucking companies are still offering their services, but the industry is facing the problem of a driver shortage due to lockdown and quarantine regulations.
  • Truck services to and from Shenzhen is restricted.
  • Cross-border trucking between Shenzhen and Hong Kong for non-essential goods is basically suspended. Transport of general cargo (commercial) is most likely to be arranged via feeder services.
  • DACHSER employees in Shenzhen work from home and can be reached by email or mobile phone.


The authorities of Dongguan city announced a lockdown, effective from March 15 until March 21. Similar to Shenzhen, precautionary measures are implemented, which include COVID-19 mass tests, suspension of public transport, shutdown of shops, production and business activities, and staff are only allowed to work from home.

  • Production and manufacturing facilities will be suspended temporarily, which will lower demand for air and sea freight, and bring substantial consequences to the international supply chain.
  • DACHSER warehouses (bonded and non-bonded) in Dongguan are closed and resume operation after the lockdown is lifted.
  • DACHSER employees in Dongguan work from home and can be reached by email or mobile phone.

Other major cities in China are mostly normal in terms of daily life and business operations despite some of them reporting a small COVID-19 outbreak.

DACHSER cooperates closely with all relevant parties to ensure that all shipments are handled properly. Local representatives at DACHSER will be happy to provide information about shipments and possible alternatives.

DACHSER creates additional air freight capacity

The war in Ukraine, embargoes and airspace closures are also impacting global air freight operations. Global air freight capacity has decreased by around 20 percent. DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics is offering its customers additional capacity in this situation and is operating an additional weekly charter flight on the Frankfurt - Shanghai route over the next three weeks.

DACHSER update on the Russia-Ukraine conflict

DACHSER is following the news from Ukraine with great concern and dismay. We are deeply moved by the suffering that the war has brought to the people in the country and to all those who have had to flee their homeland in recent days. The fighting, mutual sanctions and airspace closures are also having a massive impact on supply chains and the supply of goods in the region.

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Russia – Ukraine conflict: Impact on DACHSER’s global air & sea freight operations

We would like to inform you about the impact of the Russia – Ukraine conflict on international air freight, sea freight and rail operations. Moreover, we would like to share with you which measures we had to take to safeguard supply chains as much as this is possible.

We are suspending any bookings from or to the Ukraine until further notice. Furthermore, we can no longer accept bookings on our rail services between Asia and Europe. The same booking stop applies to intercontinental trucking between Asia and Europe whenever such shipments would be transiting Russia, Belarus or Ukraine. The reason for these measures is that we can no longer guarantee the safe transit of our customers cargo via the aforementioned countries.

We still accept bookings originating from or destined to Russia and Belarus provided that airlines and shipping lines continue to provide capacities on these routes. We are observing first carriers and airlines suspending their activities related to transportation to/from these countries. Needless to say, that bookings to/from Russia and Belarus have to be fully compliant with the most recent governmental sanctions imposed on these countries.

Besides these specific measures we do expect additional implications on our operations. The conflict region respectively the countries involved in the conflict have great significance in the international oil and energy markets. This is already causing some very dynamic developments of oil prices and therefore oil related surcharges such as BAF and fuel surcharges. We will closely monitor further developments and keep you informed. Furthermore, we are already seeing what could be the onset of a capacity crunch in the airfreight market, as European airlines are banned from Russian airspace and Russian airlines are banned from European airspace.

As of now, it is not foreseeable how long this situation will last or how the situation will develop. We will continue to make every effort to provide solutions for our customers and keep you abreast of future developments to ensure the continuation of your international supply chains.

Our teams worldwide will be in touch with you but please do not hesitate to reach out to your DACHSER contact person to evaluate your particular situation and to discuss further arrangements for your air freight, sea freight & rail shipments.

Statement by Dachser CEO Burkhard Eling on the military conflict in Ukraine

Peace and the free movement of goods are fundamental prerequisites for the positive, free development of all societies. In this spirit, Dachser has grown as an international logistics provider over the past decades. We therefore deeply regret the escalation of the military conflict in Ukraine. Among other things, the conflict will also have a substantial impact on supply chains in Eastern Europe. 

Our first priority is the safety of all drivers transporting consignments on behalf of Dachser. We have therefore today imposed an immediate takeover and loading stop for all shipments to Ukraine. This applies to all European transports of our Cargoplus service segment, which specializes in FTL and LTL transports to the CIS countries, among others, as well as to all transports from the European Logistics network that are handled in Ukraine by our partner ACE. Regular traffic from our platform Strykow (Poland) to Kiev will be discontinued. All trucks that are currently still on their way to Ukraine have to be returned in coordination with the customers. We are in close contact with our Ukrainian partner, who has also closed his warehouses.

In air freight, the airspace over Ukraine has been closed in a wide radius. Take-offs and landings are not possible here, so that congestion at the alternative airports is to be feared. 

Our European Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics teams are closely monitoring developments in the situation and are in close contact with our customers. This also applies in particular to restrictions on the movement of goods that may arise in the coming days as a result of the sanctions announced against Russia. 

  • Background - Dachser's activities in Ukraine and Russia. 

Dachser does not have its own locations in Ukraine, but works there with its partner ACE Logistics. The Estonian company is also Dachser's partner for the Baltic states and joint venture partner in Finland. The Cargoplus service segment handles additional full truckload services.

In Russia, Dachser has been represented by its own national company since 2008 and provides services in the Road Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics business segments. Around 160 staff are employed at seven locations. In 2020, Dachser Russia handled around 17,000 consignments and generated revenue of EUR 21.6 million.

DACHSER maintains strong position in European Top 100 Ranking

In the new “TOP 100 in European Transport and Logistics Services 2021/2022” study by the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services (SCS), DACHSER has once again ranked well in its relevant logistics segments.