DACHSER to supply Prague via pedelec
DACHSER is launching a pilot project in the Czech Republic to supply the Prague city center with an electrically supported cargo bike. The newly built micro-hub "Depot.Bike" at the Florenc subway station is being used for this purpose.
APAC countries signed world's largest free trade agreement
On November 15, 2020, leaders from 15 Asia Pacific nations came to an agreement to form a free trade bloc under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement is intended to facilitate trades among the member countries by removing tariffs and stimulate the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Main points at a glance:
- RCEP is a free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Fifteen countries signed the agreement including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- With the participation of the 15 countries, they have formed the world's largest free trade zone, covering about 30% of the world's population and nearly 30% of global GDP.
- China’s presence notably increases the impact of the agreement and boosts the total GDP of the RCEP member countries.
- India did not join the partnership over concerns that cheap import products might pose a harm to local producers.
- The new free trade zone is bigger than the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the European Union.
- The RCEP will reduce taxes on most goods over a 20-year period, streamline customs procedures, regulates the field of intellectual property and digital trade and replace a number of bilateral trade agreements in the region with one set of rules.
- Some benefits are expected to be seen in 2021 once participate nations complete their domestic ratification procedures.
What does it mean to the global supply chain?
- The RCEP is expected to eliminate a range of tariffs and quotas on most of the goods traded within the region over a 20-year period.
- The "rules of origin” may have the biggest impact. Under RCEP, parts from any member nation would be treated equally, this gives companies in RCEP member countries an incentive to look for supplier within the region.
- Many of the RCEP member countries already have bilateral free trade agreements between each other, RCEP would streamline the various overlapping preferential terms. This reduces complexity and reduce costs for businesses.
- China, Japan and South Korea are the traditional key players for electronics, automotive, textiles and garments industries, having them in the RCEP would ensure supply chain stability to ASEAN countries.
- It gives an incentive for companies to look for supplier within the RCEP member countries, thereby laying the foundation for enabling an accelerated GDP growth within the region.
As RCEP will further fuel the ongoing manufacturing shifts within Asia, it not only affects companies within the member countries but is also relevant to any companies worldwide who have business in the region.
Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more about the new free trade agreement. Together we can review your current supply chain locations and identify steps to grasp the greatest benefits under the impact of RCEP.
Latest update on DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics operations
With this update DACHSER would like to inform about the current DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics operations across the regions APAC, EMEA and Americas. In the attached document (see download below) it is listed whether a country organization of DACHSER is operational or, if only limited or not at all, why this is the case. Since the situation in the countries may change rapidly, the attached document will be updated on a regular basis and published on our website.
For a sustainable society: More and more NGOs are taking action around the world
In the course of globalization, internationally networked non-governmental organizations or NGOs are playing an increasingly important role. DACHSER’s partnership with children’s aid organization terre des hommes demonstrates how a company can support an NGO over the long term.
LCL Services are taking over the market: More and more groupage shipments by sea freight
Demand for LCL services in the logistics industry is growing: more and more companies are shipping their goods by sea freight in groupage containers. The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating this development.
US West Coast Port Situation
These delays are primarily due to the following reasons:
- Large number of positive COVID-19 cases among port workers
- General industry shortage of port personnel
- The upcoming holiday season
- Too few crane operators
- Chassis shortages
This is not a single ocean carrier challenge, this is an industry challenge.
Our concern for the near future is that the situation will only become more dire. More vessels are in transit already and delays will continue to increase. The situation will be intensified further by the trucker shortage that the industry is already facing.
In preparation to minimize the effects of these delays, we here at DACHSER are working closely and tirelessly with our contacts to check on drayage capacity, transit times, unloading updates, and potential demurrage charges.
Please schedule the picks ups of your container freight well in advance in order to avoid further delays at your supply chain, and to also avoid additional charges at the port, such as demurrage and detention. DACHSER are here to assist you during this time and to help arranging pick up options to save you time and money.
We will keep you up to date on the status of your shipments as well as the situation in the ports. Should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your local DACHSER representative.
We also encourage you to sign up to receive our E-Newsletter to receive industry updates as soon as they become available. This can be done through our website: https://www.dachser-news.com/?lang=en-HK
To mark the occasion: update of our Brexit checklist
The EU withdrawal of the United Kingdom was completed on 31.01.2020. Currently we are in a transition phase which ends on 31.12.2020. A further extension of this transitional phase should have been agreed until 01.07.2020 and is therefore no longer possible. Thus, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the internal market and the customs union as of 01.01.2021. If no agreement is reached between the UK and the EU in the remaining time of the transition phase, trade would in future fall under the rules of the World Trade Organization.
We at DACHSER cannot influence the political situation in the UK, but we can prepare you in the best possible way for regulated customs procedures. We have therefore adapted and updated our Brexit checklist to the current circumstances. You can download it here free of charge.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with your responsible contact person at the respective DACHSER branch.
Thinking local, not global? Supply Chains in flux
Supply chains are undergoing a dramatic transformation. Many companies are considering bringing at least some of their manufacturing operations closer to the countries where they sell their products. The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t the only reason behind this trend, but it’s certainly spurring it on.
DACHSER in Shanghai receives “AGCO Above and Beyond Champion” award
AGCO awards its logistics partner DACHSER for excellence in innovation, service, global growth, and cost efficiency.
The new DACHSER magazine is here!
Getting through the crisis together – How DACHSER is forging even closer ties to its customers and partners.
Expansion of Rotterdam Logistics Center
The expanded Rotterdam Logistics Center in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands, is expected to be operational in October 2020. The new warehouse at the Doelwijk A12 logistics hotspot offers 17,278 square metres of storage capacity for more than 30,000 pallet spaces.
Storage space available at DACHSER Shanghai warehouse
Looking for storage space and a reliable logistics partner? DACHSER Contract Logistics has capacity available.
Brexit-Update: What you need to know
While the trade negotiations between the UK and the European Union continue to make slow progress, the month of June provided the last opportunity for the British government to extend the transitional period, which is currently limited to 31 December 2020. With no request for extension having been made, the focus is now on a gradual introduction of customs controls in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2021. The transition period is designed to allow traders to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and prepare for the new requirements. The United Kingdom will be subject to full customs control at its borders by 1 July 2021.
Earlier this year, the UK government took steps to eliminate certain customs facilitations, including the Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) and the Import VAT (PVA) shift. However, the British government has recognized that customs relief will also be necessary, at least temporarily, on January 1, 2021.
Thus, the possibility of shifting the import turnover tax is to be reintroduced. In addition, for a transitional period, there will be a customs procedure which will allow the imported goods to be declared by entering them in the accounts within a period of six months, rather than immediately upon importation. This procedure is called "Deferred Declaration".
An EU summit meeting for final talks between Great Britain and the EU will take place from 17 to 18 October 2020. Finally, on 19 October 2020 the results of a "deal or no-deal" scenario should be available.
Regardless of the outcome of the talks, it is expected that from January 2021 onwards all goods exported to and from the UK will require tariff treatment, albeit during the transitional period described above as part of a process graduated by product group.
The following link will take you to a tool that outlines the required measures: https://www.gov.uk/transition
The UK government has also published details of preparation as an importer and exporter from/to the UK, which can be viewed via the links below:
Further information can be found in the download document below.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local contact at the relevant DACHSER branch.
Quantum computers - A look at future technologies
What are Quantum computers actually about? And what benefits do these offer specifically for logistics?
Short update on the general situation in the transport sector
In the second half of the year, the corona pandemic is still the predominant topic in the media. While at the beginning of the pandemic new findings on Covid-19 were being announced almost daily and many updates were also published by DACHSER on loading restrictions in Europe as well as in America and APAC, something like a "new normality" has now returned.
At the moment, there are no longer any universal country or customer restrictions. We would therefore like to ask our customers to clarify individual restrictions such as closures, changed opening hours etc. with the recipients of the goods themselves. We are closely monitoring the further course of the corona pandemic and will keep you informed immediately of any developments. Should new loading restrictions be imposed, these will be published again via our website.
If you have any questions on this subject, please contact your local contact person at the respective DACHSER branch.
“Benelux is a key region in global logistics”
A close-knit transport network, connections to global markets, and an ideal geographical location—Benelux offers the perfect conditions for integrated logistics solutions. Aat van der Meer, Managing Director of DACHSER Benelux, talks about the importance of training, how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the region, and a royal visit.