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DACHSER secures long-term air freight capacity

DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics is extending its charter program on the route between Frankfurt and Shanghai 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 Europe and Asia 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.

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.

Lockdown in Shanghai: impact on operational activities

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in China, there is an impact on international air and sea freight traffic as well as the domestic transport sector.


  • Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Shanghai, the city will be locked down starting 5 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2022 in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.
  • A lockdown will be carried out in two phases: From March 28 until April 1, restrictions will apply to Pudong, the eastern side of Shanghai, and from April 1 to April 5, the same restrictions will apply to Puxi, the western side of the city.
  • During the lockdown period, measures will be taken, including massive COVID-19 testing, suspension of public transport, shutdown of stores, halting production and business activities, and employees will only be allowed to work from home.

Impact on logistics

  • Air and sea ports remain open and operational.
  • Shortage of manpower remains an issue in all sectors due to strict quarantine regulations, especially for freight-related personnel, who have to present a 48-hours negative test report when entering highways, warehouses and ports.
  • For air freight, the lockdown impacts the PVG gateway for both import and export. The import Gateway is operational and flights continue to land at the airport. Export flights out of PVG are restricted, the export Gateway is closed and handover is suspended. DACHSER is working on planning new flight schedules through alternative airports. The restrictions are expected to last for 7-14 days. Land transport is restricted as well.
  • For sea freight, DACHSER has not yet received any carrier announcements about vessel delays or cancellations. Cargo arrived at CFS within the Pudong area is not affected, but shipments could be delayed due to potential vessel changes or insufficient cargo for consolidation. FCL trucks are allowed to enter Pudong and the port area with a 48-hours negative test report and an electronic Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR). LTL trucking is yet to have any development.
  • Trucking between Shanghai and neighbouring cities is restricted to drivers who can present a 48-hours negative test report. Delays in pickups and deliveries are expected.
  • Customs operations are currently reported normal with no interruption.
  • DACHSER's locations in Shanghai, including the downtown office and the PVG Airport office, have implemented a work-from-home policy since March 21, while the Huaqiao Warehouse remains open but loading and pickup is restricted. You can reach your local contact through the usual communication channels.

Local representatives at DACHSER will be happy to provide information about shipments and possible alternatives.

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.

DACHSER India is the Logistic Visionary Team of the Year

DACHSER India Pvt. Ltd. won the highly coveted “Logistic Visionary Team of the Year Award” at the Logistics world summit award 2022, with distinguished Industry leaders in attendance; held at the Radisson Hotel, Andheri MIDC, Mumbai.

Dachser's Schönefeld logistics center delivers medical supplies to Ukraine

A wave of willingness to help unites Berlin organizations and companies. Together, they are bringing urgently needed goods to the crisis region. For the Berlin hospital group Vivantes, the Dachser logistics center in Schönefeld transported more than 30 pallets of medical supplies to Poland, all the way to the border region with Ukraine.

DACHSER Asia Pacific celebrates women’s empowerment for International Women’s Day

Female employees speak about their views on gender equality

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.

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.

Transit Embargo: current handling situation in Paris and Frankfurt

Due to COVID-19 related staff limitations, there are disruptions at the Lufthansa handling terminal in Frankfurt. The same developments are now occurring at Air France/ KLM and its hub in Paris. The following measures have therefore been taken:

Customer-Centricity: Way to progress and profitability

The Pune team from DACHSER India reached a milestone by successfully managing over 1,000 import and export shipments in 2021 for a valuable customer -  a class leader manufacturer of heavy construction equipment and earth moving machines.

DACHSER India completes its relay project shipments

DACHSER India branch in Chennai recently completed a Door-to-Door, gearbox shipment used for “Wind Mills” for one of our premium customers in the Industrial engineering.

Prepare your supply chain for the impact of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (CNY) is coming soon at the beginning of February. Traditionally, it is an important event that influences the global freight market due to the extended national holidays, which means businesses will close, factories will suspend operations, and carriers will reduce capacity in response to lower demand. This year, with the unprecedented challenging market conditions, the impact of CNY is expected to be greater than usual.

Find out all you need to know about CNY, what it means to you and, most importantly, how you can prepare in order to minimize the impact to your supply chain.

  • When is Chinese New Year?

In 2022, the Chinese welcome the Year of Tiger on February 1. In mainland China, a week-long public holiday begins on the eve of CNY. Below are the dates of the CNY public holidays across DACHSER’s Greater China locations:

China               January 31 – February 6
Hong Kong      February 1 – February 3
Taiwan           January 31 – February 4

  • What will happen during Chinese New Year?

CNY is the biggest festival in China. It symbolizes the end of winter and the beginning of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar. People make their way back to their hometowns for family reunions and celebrations before the first day of Chinese New Year, and travel back to their workplaces in cities after the holiday to start working again.

Most businesses including government services in China will be closed during the official public holidays as listed above, while some manufacturing facilities may close for a longer period of time or re-open with skeleton staff. Normal production levels will usually resume after four to six weeks.

All customs offices throughout China will only be closed during the national public holidays listed above. For eastbound shipment, if it arrives China during the CNY national public holiday, there will be no Customs declaration or inspection services available.

  • What is the impact of Chinese New Year on transport logistics?

While factories operations will be put on hold during CNY, shippers will increase orders to stock up their inventories. Therefore, the impact of CNY can be seen during the pre-holiday period, when factories operate on full capacities to complete orders before they close.

The higher productivity creates extra pressure for transport logistics. At the moment, the congested supply chain is a challenge for almost all industries, and the CNY cargo rush is going to further intensify the heated logistics market.

Coincidently, the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held between February 4 – 20 in the Chinese capital city, Beijing. While no official announcement about transport restrictions has yet been published, it is expected that security inspections will be tightened and restrictions to dangerous goods will be implemented a few days prior and during the event. However, its impact is uncertain for the time being.

Last but not least, the sudden outbreak of Covid cases may cause additional disruption such as road closures, flight cancellations, and manpower shortages when operators or drivers are in quarantine.

Therefore, it is important to work out a long-term strategic plan with your logistics partner to minimize disruption to your supply chain, not only during CNY but throughout the year in 2022 and beyond.

  • Market updates leading to CNY

Traditionally, CNY brings a substantial impact to the capacities of all kinds of transport – air, sea, rail and road. The logistics market will be severely challenged during the pre-CNY cargo rush this year. Keeping yourself updated with current market developments will allow you to react swiftly and plan accordingly.

For air freight, it is expected that the current extraordinary peak season will continue from now until end of January, before the CNY holiday starts. Overall, the market is still facing a shortage in capacity, especially under different COVID quarantine policies resulting from the threat of the Omicron variant, leading to more uncertainty and volatility. In Hong Kong for example, many passenger flights are forced to cancel in December due to the crew rotation issues, leading to reduced belly capacity as a result. Also, many freighters are required to undergo maintenance checks in the upcoming few months after being deployed for a long period of time, which will further affect available capacity in the market.

The current sea freight market is in a similar situation to air. Services from ocean carriers remain disrupted with many blank sailings due to port congestion. Feeder services from South China to and from the Pearl River Delta were suspended from December until the start of CNY, leading to longer transit times via road transportation. Service integrity may remain a challenge or even get worse from January onwards due to expected stronger demand as CNY draws closer, together with continuous issues related to the COVID outbreak and congestions in the market. Thus, capacity and equipment will be under tremendous pressure, and rates have a high tendency to soar in such situations.

Shippers are advised to plan bookings ahead by giving at least 3 weeks’ forecast. Stay connected to your logistics partner in terms of last minute schedule changes, and keep an open mind for alternative sailing options.

The rail schedule for 2022 is yet to be released. Based on past records, rail services will be available as usual until the last week leading up to CNY. Gate-in schedules might be adjusted as per rail operators' instructions. However, pre-carriage and on-carriage services in China will become a challenge from January 20, 2022 onwards, therefore a general increase in rates is expected. During the CNY national holiday, there will be no rail services.

Based on historical experience and excluding covid uncertainties, trucking services both westbound and eastbound are expected to resume to 80% of normal levels two weeks after CNY and fully resume at the beginning of March.

  • What can be done now?

- Create a long-term planning and share with us your order forecast as early as possible, so we can plan our resources early and secure your demand;
- Build up a deeper inventory; factories normally resume their normal production levels four to six weeks after CNY;
- Take consideration of longer transit times in your planning; the global freight market is unprecedently congested already before CNY, so it is important to work out a strategic supply chain planning with your trusted logistics partner;
- Plan departures from terminals in China a few days before the CNY holiday starts i.e. January 28, 2022, and make sure your production schedule meets the gate-in time slots;
- Declare your shipment as soon as the mandatory data is available, and make sure you allow sufficient time to obtain the final Customs release before the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD);
- Get in touch with one of the DACHSER representatives. Our experienced logistics experts will assist you with finding the best solutions tailored to your needs.

We hope the above information can facilitate your logistics planning towards CNY. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Rail service market updates | December 2021

According to statistics, the number of freight trains running between China and Europe has increased 15 times compared to 2015, reaching the number of more than 12,000 trains in 2020. In 2021, a further increase was recorded and the Trans-Siberian route experienced even greater demand in times of the pandemic due to a lack of sea and air freight capacity. However, the pandemic impact was also evident on Rail Service connections between China and Europe.

  • Current Situation and Review 2021

As experienced during the year, the situation remains challenging. The shortage of container equipment and increased slot restrictions, comparable to the sea freight market, have also become problematic for rail service. In addition, pandemic regulations as well as weather conditions have led to backlogs at border crossings. The rates are increased, but stable.

  • Outlook 2022

The situation will remain challenging until Chinese New Year, but it is expected that the slot management setup will improve thereafter. Overall, the demand on capacity will continue to grow significantly in 2022.

DACHSER offers multimodal, reliable rail services with an extensive coverage, connecting economic centers of major importance in China and Europe. Via the North Corridor, the Trans-Siberian Route connects Hamburg, Warsaw, Vienna and Bratislava with the Chinese main terminal cities including Changchun, Shenyang, Suzhou and Dongguan. To and from Duisburg, Hamburg, Neuss, Ludwigshafen, Vienna, Bratislava and Warsaw, DACHSER serves the South Corridor, also known as New Silk Road, to the Chinese hinterland areas of Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhengzhou.

Not only Block Trains but also Full Container Load (FCL) service is possible on this service, as well as Less-Than-Container-Load (LCL) which includes Consolidation Container Services (LCL-LCL) and Customer Consolidations (LCL-FCL).

Should you require any other departure terminals and/or destinations like the ones mentioned above or some more detailed information on Rail Services, your DACHSER contact will be glad to assist.

Air freight market update | December 2021

Global pandemic measures as well as continuing high demand have a strong impact on the air freight market. This is reflected in reduced cargo capacities due to restricted and partly suspended passenger flight connections, congested airports, handling facilities and employees.

  • Review 2021

The increase in air freight demand since the beginning of the year cannot be satisfied with the current air freight capacities. Though, a slight improvement is noticeable. 
All major airports worldwide have been congested resulting in huge backlog volumes and long waiting times. However, with secured premium capacities on its own weekly charter rotations between Asia, Europe and the US, as well as long-term freight allotments on regular airline services worldwide, DACHSER continued to be a reliable partner also in the second year of the pandemic.
The increased demand for consumer goods, the huge growth in e-commerce, and the procurement of medical equipment due to COVID-19 led to an increased number of individual partial and full charter transports.

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  • Current Situation

Manufacturing and trading industries remain affected by congested supply chains. Therefore, the demand for air freight capacity is still increasing, in addition to the regular Peak Season during Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Hong Kong

Due to the strict quarantine policy in Hong Kong, some airlines have cancelled their flights before Christmas. The resulting shortage of ground handling staff is causing significant service restrictions at Hong Kong Airport.

Export shipments can currently only be delivered to the terminal within 24 hours prior to estimated departure. Shipments without booking record will not be accepted. There is also an overload situation in import and delays have to be expected.

Hong Kong Airport had already announced in early December that cargo aircraft touching Omicron high-risk countries such as South Africa would not be allowed into Hong Kong until further notice. This leads to a shortage of cargo space and delays due to flight re-routings.

Frankfurt / Germany

At Frankfurt Airport, there are also still some delays in handling, especially at Frankfurt Cargo Service (FCS). Export handling has been delayed, and import handling has been subject to extended waiting times. The warehouses at all handling agents are full, especially at FCS.

Ad-hoc charter business

DACHSER is currently operating several full charter flights as part of a project transport between China and Austria. Read more about this project.

  • Outlook 2022

The tense situation will remain throughout the first half of 2022, easing slightly after Chinese New Year. On the other hand, air freight capacity will increase only gradually, as belly capacity will remain low.

Due to the unpredictable course of the pandemic and a still unstable ocean freight market, leaves plenty of scope for the development of the air freight market in 2022.

  • DACHSER Air Network

DACHSER is extending its own premium air freight services between Hong Kong and Europe in 2022 and beyond. With this extension, 100 additional cargo tons on weekly 747-400 freighter flights will extend the capacity on this route.

The premium freighter capacities from Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai) to Europe and between Europe and the USA (rotation) are already an integral part of the DACHSER network for a long time now, and DACHSER is looking forward to continue providing this service to help secure customers' global supply chains.

For further details about the DACHSER Air Network capacities and the market please get in touch with your local DACHSER sales contact.