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Market Information 05/22/2019
Possible indefinite strike at Mumbai Nhava Sheva Port
  • Update 24/05/2019: Strike call has been postponed after meetings between labour unions and port management. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Labour Union of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), also known as Nhava Sheva, has issued a notice warning of an indefinite strike starting May 24 against the new reduced manning structure introduced by the management.

The possible strike is most likely to affect container movement, cause congestions at the port and have a risk of recovery due to the backlog. Additionally, e-way bills generated for import and export cargo from and to the ports might become invalid.

As the discussion between the authorities at JNPT and the union has remained inconclusive, the threat of the strike looms large. A meeting between workers and management will be held on May 23 aiming to resolve the matter.

DACHSER will keep you posted if there is any update. If you have questions about your shipments, feel free to call your DACHSER representative for a discussion.

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Market Information 01/31/2020
Coronavirus: updates on DACHSER’s operations in China

The Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia recently spread rapidly in China and many cities and provinces have confirmed cases. In order to keep the epidemic under control, the Central Government has announced the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday to February 2. Local authorities, however, have requested enterprises in that region to not have their employees return to the office until a specific later date, mostly on February 10.

DACHSER Branches

Most of the DACHSER branches will officially re-open on February 10. Starting from Monday next week, February 3, depending on cities and permissions from local authorities, skeleton staff will be arranged to enter the office building to manage critical shipments and minimize impact like detention, demurrage fee, TLX release and etc. We regret that we could not provide full operations but will try out best to maintain basic services.

The date for re-opening is changing on a daily basis and is subject to change depending on the situation. As of today, January 31, 2020, the re-opening date of each branch is as follows:

  • Beijing: Feb-03
  • Chengdu: Feb-03
  • Dalian: Feb-10
  • Dongguan: Feb-10
  • Guangzhou: Feb-10
  • Nanjing: Feb-10
  • Ningbo: Feb-10
  • Qingdao: Feb-10
  • Shanghai: Feb-10
  • Shenzhen: Feb-10
  • Suzhou: Feb-10
  • Tianjin: Feb-03
  • Wuhan: Feb-14
  • Xiamen: Feb-10
  • Zhongshan: Feb-10

Operations in Wuhan

DACHSER’s staff from Wuhan branch will work from home and part of the operations will be handled via our Shanghai team. Hubei Province Authorities announced that customers will need to apply transportation certificate from the local government and hand in the certificate to logistics company if they wish to have shipment to enter or exit the province by trucks.

General business in China

While we are trying our best to keep the operation as smooth as possible, please note that most of the factories in China are still closed; trucking services, flights and terminals are operating at minimum service level. Delays and other operational issues are to be expected.

We will continue to update you via our website with the latest information on how this is impacting your supply chain. Should you have any concerns and/or queries, please feel free to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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Press Release 01/28/2020
India fully connected to the Dachser world

An in-house developed transport management system for air and ocean freight businesses, Othello, is a globally standardized system within the Dachser network that delivers high levels of consistency in terms of information flow, efficiency and transparency at every stage of the supply chain. The system has been successfully rolled out throughout Dachser India branches.

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News 01/22/2020
DACHSER India is Air Freight Service Provider of the Year in Pharma Shipments category

The award was presented in the 3rd edition of PHARMACONNECT awards organized by CargoConnect, one of the leading Indian magazines in the logistics industry, on January 16 in Mumbai.

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Press Release 12/27/2019
Dachser India and terre des hommes organize panel discussion on the role of CSR

Dachser India’s customers and business partners in Pune attended a lively panel discussion about the topic ”The role of CSR in the conscious corporation” which took place on 11 December, 2019. The event, organized by Dachser India and the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) “terre des hommes”, built an excellent platform for attendants to discuss how a corporation can make a bigger impact on the lives of the marginalized.

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News 12/13/2019
The new DACHSER magazine issue 04/19 is here!

Renowned as they are for innovation and quality paired with tradition and craftsmanship, many products from Switzerland enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide. Among them Ricola cough drops, a classic sweet whose special recipe contains 13 herbs from the Swiss mountains.

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Market Information 12/13/2019
New regulatory requirements for lithium batteries and cells as of January 1, 2020

Before lithium batteries and cells can be transported, they must pass certain tests. These tests simulate various conditions with regard to, for example, pressure, temperature, crushing and impact that may arise during shipping.

On January 1, 2020, more stringent requirements concerning lithium batteries and cells will come into effect for all modes of transport worldwide. In future, a test summary compliant with UN 38.3.5 must be submitted for all lithium batteries and cells manufactured after June 30, 2003 (i.e. UN3480, UN3481, UN3091, UN3090), as well as for all battery-powered vehicles manufactured after June 30, 2003 (i.e. UN 3171). Doing so will be the joint responsibility of the manufacturers and the distributors of these goods.

According to the airlines, carriers and shipping companies, these documents can be requested from DACHSER. We therefore kindly ask our customers to make these documents available to us for all the lithium batteries and cells mentioned, so that we can, in turn, make them available throughout the entire supply chain. We hereby inform our customers that, as of January 1, 2020, it will no longer be possible to load the affected goods without these documents. For further information, please click here.

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News 12/13/2019
The new generation of Management

The first intake of management trainees to undergo DACHSER Asia Pacific’s Management Trainee (MT) programme have graduated, with all trainees having landed permanent management roles within the company.

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News 12/13/2019
Success stories in India

DACHSER and terre des hommes have further expanded their long-standing partnership in India and extended their existing contract. Over the past 14 years, they have written many success stories together as a result of their commitment to social responsibility. Our image gallery offers you a glimpse of the individual projects.

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News 12/02/2019
“I was posted offshore where everything used to reach us via ships, including food and water”

Siddhant Palkhedkar was born and brought up at Nashik, a city close to Mumbai. After successfully completing his Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013, he shifted to Mumbai to work with the largest oil and natural gas company in India.

While working he had an instigation to get knowhow of logistics industry. He joined DACHSER as an Asia Pacific Management Trainee in June 2019, we discussed with him to know more. Let’s see what we found out.

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Market Information 11/04/2019
Delay of Brexit - What is still to be considered?

As is known, early general elections for the House of Commons are scheduled for December 12, 2019 in the UK. The EU has also agreed to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020. The danger of a no deal Brexit is thus averted for the time being. If an agreement on the negotiated contract is reached before 31.01.2020, the agreed transitional period will initially remain in force until 31.12.2020. 

Regardless of whether it is a "soft" or a "hard" Brexit, a customs authority of the respective recipient is essential for the processing of shipments to and from the UK. Therefore, we ask our customers to continue to advise their recipients to provide us with the necessary customs authority.

We will keep you up informed about further developments.

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News 02/20/2020
DACHSER organizes special charters to China

In response to the restricted air freight capacity situation caused by COVID-19, DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics has drawn up a charter contingency plan. As a result, customers can currently rely on a robust and reliable premium flight service from Frankfurt to China.

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Market Information 02/20/2020
National Strike on February 20, 27 and March 5

Find below the main impacts on air, sea freight and rail services:

  • French ports will be on strike with 4 hours on February 20, 27 and March 5.
  • Shortage of drivers have to be expected and some vessels have been delayed at the moment.
  • Also alternative options like Antwerp are congested (trucking companies and shipping lines).
  • Special equipment is lacking more than usual, we are facing 2/3 weeks delay.
  • Rail services are not concerned
  • Air freight is not concerned

Our operational teams will offer you the best alternative solutions and keep you posted on a regular basis of any development on your respective files.

Should you have any concerns and/or queries, please feel free to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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Market Information 02/20/2020
Further update on DACHSER’s operations in China

General status

Factories and businesses are resuming gradually, but very slowly. Authorities are working hard on containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, officially named by the World Health Organization. To prevent infection at workplace, enterprises are required to submit applications to local authorities before they are allowed to resume work. Applicants need to demonstrate they are observing strict hygiene requirements and are capable of providing adequate hygiene consumables to the workforce.

DACHSER branches

All DACHSER branches are operating. Some of the branches are closed while undergoing the application process, still, staff are working from home and the operations are handled remotely. Please excuse us for the delay in some processes, as most of the units in the supply chain within China are not functioning in full capacity.

  • All DACHSER branches except Kunshan and Wuhan have resumed business with skeleton staffing in the office due to local quarantine procedures and preventative measures;
  • Kunshan warehouse will re-open once approvals from the authorities are granted;
  • Wuhan is closed and scheduled to re-open on February 24, subject to change depending on the situation;
  • Most of our team members are working from home
  • Hong Kong branch is fully operational. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise if our ability to operate is impacted.

Transport logistics in China

While we are trying our best to keep your supply chain as smooth as possible, please consider that other units in the supply chain did not resume full capacity yet. Carriers and terminals are gradually resuming operations with skeleton staff. Delays and other operational issues are expected.

Road:

  • Lack of truckers, there is only a limited number of trucking companies having received permits to resume operation;
  • Domestic trucking condition is challenging especially for inter-cities and inter-provinces due to increasing tightened regulations on road;
  • Road access to Shanghai is heavily controlled which may affect delivery to Shanghai Port and Shanghai Pudong Airport;
  • Transportation certificate is needed for trucks to enter or exit the Hubei Province;

Air:

  • Airlines resumed freighter to and from China;
  • Capacity is still an issue since many of the airlines suspended passenger flights;
  • Charter services are available with guaranteed uplift and transit time for our customers with urgent shipment;

Sea:

  • Carriers have reduced sailings to and from China;
  • Ocean terminals are operating, except Wuhan;
  • Lack of equipment starts to be an issue;
  • Container trucking only resumes on average 50% of normal capacity;
  • The US and Vietnam has quarantine requirements for vessels leaving Chinese ports.

Railway:

  • Rail carriers reduced departures to and from China; some railway platforms (i.e. Wuhan, Yiwu, Zhengzhou) are closed until further notice;
  • Rail terminals are operating except Wuhan (Wujiashan station吴家山站);
  • Customs are operating except Wuhan (overtime could be reserved with application from brokers);
  • FCL service on pre/on-carriage is a challenge due different policies of traffic controls applied by local authorities;
  • LTL service is not available as most of logistics parks/distribution centers are closed; FTL service is available in ad hoc level;

At DACHSER, we have contingency measures in place and will offer you the best alternative solutions to keep your supply chain running in case any shipment is affected.

We will keep our customers updated with the latest information on the current situation. Should you have any concerns and/or queries, please feel free to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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Market Information 02/13/2020
Coronavirus: latest update on DACHSER’s operations in China

We continue to update you with the current situation in China. In order to keep the Novel Coronavirus under control, authorities in China has taken various measures to prevent crowd from gathering in order to minimize the risk of getting affected.
Many of the DACHSER branches re-opened on Monday, February 10, however, we regret that we are only operating with limited capability due to the security measures and travel ban by the authorities. Please expect delays and operational issues such as lack of trucks and limited capacity.

DACHSER branches in Chengdu, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Zhongshan are closed at the moment while we are in application process with local authorities;

  • Our team members are working from home
  • There could be further changes on the opening date of the China branches on short notice, we will keep you updated;
  • Hong Kong branch is fully operational. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise if our ability to operate is impacted.

We will continue to update you via our website with the latest information on how this is impacting your supply chain. Should you have any concerns and/or queries, please feel free to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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Market Information 09/09/2019
Incoterms 2020

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will soon release the new Incoterms 2020, providing certainty and clarity to businesses trading across borders. The new Incoterms will be effective as of January 1st, 2020.

Every 10 years, the International Chamber of Commerce evaluates and revises the International Commercial Terms, better known as Incoterms, as a means of creating greater uniformity and effectiveness across the shipping industry. The latest version, Incoterms 2010, will stay in effect until January 2020.

What does "Incoterms" stand for?

It is an acronym standing for international commercial terms. Incoterms is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce, registered in several countries.

The Incoterms rules feature abbreviations for terms, like FOB (“Free on Board”), DAP (“Delivered at Place”), EXW (“Ex Works”), CIP (“Carriage and Insurance Paid To”), which all have very precise meanings for the sale of goods around the world. These terms hold universal meaning for buyers and sellers around the world.

The main Incoterms changes that are being considered are:

  • The removal of FAS (Free Alongside Ship) as it is being used infrequently;
  • Separating FCA (Free Carrier) into two separate Incoterms: one for road delivery and one for maritime delivery;  
  • The committee is also considering bringing back the terms FOB (Free on Board) and CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight), instead of the FCA and CIP (Cost and Insurance Paid to) used for non-container shipments;
  • There is also a debate about the creation of a new Incoterms called CNI (Cost and Insurance) to bridge the gap between FCA and CFR/CIF (Cost and Freight/Cost, Insurance, Freight). Currently, FCA includes the cost of international insurance on account of the seller-exporter, while CFR/CIF does not include the cost of freight;
  • Lastly, to alleviate questions surrounding the party responsible for paying Customs fees, the ICC will evaluate the creation of 2 Incoterms to replace DDP (Delivered Duty Paid).

Other issues and updates being evaluated during this round include:

  • Transportation security
  • Regulations on transportation insurance
  • Relationship between the Incoterms and the International Sale Contract

We will provide another update once the official Incoterms 2020 rules have been announced by the ICC. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Market Information 05/22/2019
Possible indefinite strike at Mumbai Nhava Sheva Port
  • Update 24/05/2019: Strike call has been postponed after meetings between labour unions and port management. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Labour Union of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), also known as Nhava Sheva, has issued a notice warning of an indefinite strike starting May 24 against the new reduced manning structure introduced by the management.

The possible strike is most likely to affect container movement, cause congestions at the port and have a risk of recovery due to the backlog. Additionally, e-way bills generated for import and export cargo from and to the ports might become invalid.

As the discussion between the authorities at JNPT and the union has remained inconclusive, the threat of the strike looms large. A meeting between workers and management will be held on May 23 aiming to resolve the matter.

DACHSER will keep you posted if there is any update. If you have questions about your shipments, feel free to call your DACHSER representative for a discussion.

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Market Information 08/16/2019
India Sea Cargo Manifest and Transshipment (SCMT) Regulations

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs in India has advised that the implementation of the India SCMT regulations will be effective from August 1, 2019. It is now compulsory for all shipping lines, importers and exporters to adhere to the defined timelines for manifest filing of all the cargo on a vessel to and from an Indian port.

The rule is applicable for all cargo transshipping, discharging and moving via any Indian port.

Departure Manifest:  Export manifest is now required to be submitted to Indian customs prior to the departure of the vessel from any Port of Loading in India.

Arrival Manifest:   Import Manifest is now required to be submitted to India customs prior to the departure of the vessel from the last foreign port of call.

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Market Information 09/06/2019
IMO 2020 and its impact on sea freight transportation

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is taking initiatives to promote sustainability and reduce harmful sulphur gases emissions. While the new regulation to reduced maximum sulphur content (currently 3.5%) to 0.5% will be fully enforced on January 1, 2020, it is expected that the adjustment on bunker surcharge will come into effect already at the last quarter of 2019.

  • Impact on shippers

With the new regulations to be fully enforced on January 1, 2020, carriers are getting prepared during the course of the year with some options available:

  • Switch to low-sulphur fuel
  • Use Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems which commonly known as a “scrubber” to clean up the sulphur oxide emitted from the vessel’s engine.
  • Change the fleet to Liquefied Natural Gas Ships that are powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG is considered as a cleaner fuel with less emission of greenhouse gases including sulphur oxide.

To ensure a smooth transition, carriers have to implement the above changes before January 1, 2020. Due to the investment in clean energy and cleaning systems, there will be an adjustment to the bunker surcharge formula which is expected to be effective from the last quarter of 2019.

  • What is IMO 2020?

IMO is proactively taking steps to reduce marine pollution and minimize the vessels’ impact on global warming. Currently, most of the cargo ships use heavy fuel oil which is derived from crude oil and contains sulphur oxide. The gases can cause acid rain and trigger respiratory diseases. Therefore, the tolerant of sulphur oxide emissions has been tightened progressively throughout the past decade.

Also known as “IMO 2020 fuel sulphur regulation”, IMO 2020 is an initiative from the IMO which aims to reduce sulphur oxide emissions from ships.

By the deadline of January 1, 2020, all carriers will have to comply with the new regulation, which imposes a 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content and replaces the current limit of 3.5%.

If you have any questions regarding this topic, please feel free to reach out to your local DACHSER representative.

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News 08/09/2019
The will to get ahead

If Murat Kayki and his colleague Swapnali Kurale planned to meet in person, that would take time. A lot of time. More than seven hours in the air separate Nîmes in the south of France, where Kayki lives and works, from the Indian metropolis of Mumbai. They may come from different continents and different cultures, yet the two DACHSER employees have a lot in common. Both of them live and work in the city where they were born. It’s 38 years since Kayki came into the world in Nîmes as the son of Turkish immigrants. Today, he is head of DACHSER’s Nîmes and Avignon offices, and, like Kurale in Mumbai, has had quite a remarkable career.

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News 12/17/2018
DACHSER Supply Chain Forum in South of India

More than 60 customers from DACHSER Chennai and other parts of Southern India followed the invitation to join an interactive session at the DACHSER Supply Chain Forum Chennai. The event built an excellent platform for attendants to exchange information and industry trends.

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News 05/31/2019
Shipping buses from Indonesia to Bangladesh

Recently, DACHSER Bangladesh shipped four buses, each weighing 13.5 tonnes, using an efficient Ro/Ro (Roll on / Roll off) mode of transportation. This solution was not only cost effective but also ensured that the buses were transported safely from Indonesia and arrived on time at their destination in Bangladesh. 

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Press Release 07/03/2019
DACHSER India receives IATA CEIV Pharma certification

The International Airport Transport Association (IATA) recently awarded the Mumbai and Hyderabad branches of DACHSER India with the prestigious CEIV Pharma certification, recognizing the company for its excellence in transporting Life Science and Healthcare (LSH) products.

The certification is a significant achievement for the logistics service provider given that only very few companies are currently accredited in India. In fact, the DACHSER Hyderabad branch is only the second logistics firm in the area to receive the recognition; while its Mumbai branch is only among a few in the region. 

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News 02/15/2019
Huned Gandhi shares his recipe for growth on the Indian Subcontinent

Huned Gandhi became DACHSER’s Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics Indian Subcontinent last year. Looking after the newly established cluster, the industry veteran says sustainable business growth, excellent career development, and enhanced corporate social responsibility will be major components of his leadership approach.

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News 01/11/2019
DACHSER India at Auto SCM Summit in Pune

Organized by Indian Transport and Logistics News (ITLN), the third edition of the Auto SCM Summit was themed around “The changing landscape of Indian Auto industry and the role of logistics and supply chain”. The event was supported by DACHSER India as diamond sponsor.

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