Current market of qualified personnel in logistics
Logistics is a personnel-intensive industry. Especially in this sector, the situation on the qualified personnel market is currently getting tenser, which has made finding, training and retaining personnel in the long term a major challenge. With this update, we provide an overview of the current market situation.
The new DACHSER magazine is here!
It’s not often that logistics topics feature as prominently in the daily and business press as they have over the past few months. The global economy is recovering from the shock of the pandemic and in many places production is once again running at full speed. However, articles about the shortfall in raw materials and products, too few containers and pallets, the driver shortage, and a lack of storage space on overland, sea, and air transports are putting a damper on this revival.
Chinese Golden Week holiday 2021: Impact on Logistics
The October Golden Week holiday in China is soon approaching. In this update you will find all the information as well as some market forecasts.
Air Freight: Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) status update
Regarding the disruptions at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) in China, we would like to give you an updated overview and current status.
Current cargo space situation in Germany
The global logistics market in 2020 and 2021 has caused major challenges for the entire industry. Although the economy recovered across all industries in the aftermath of the prolonged lockdowns and border closures, it led to high network loads this year, resulting in an increased shortage of cargo space. In the following, we provide an overview.
Sea Freight: Current situation in the USA
The existing bottlenecks in the US ocean freight market, which are lasting for quite some months already, will continue for a longer period. We would like to give you an overview of the current situation.
Port and rail congestion
Already for months, the USA is experiencing historical congestions in sea freight business. The reason for this ongoing situation is well known: COVID-19 impacts and a high volume demand creating bottlenecks at all major ports and terminals throughout the country. Port and rail operators are operating with reduced staff, which delays loading and unloading of vessels, increases dwell time and slows down transportation processes to the terminals. Ocean Carriers are also overwhelmed with the situation and struggle to provide the needed service and timely response. Ocean vessels are having several days of delay and we experience port omissions on a regular basis. Schedule integrity remains almost non-existent.
US trucking situation
Trucking companies suffered heavily at the beginning of COVID-19 and were forced to let go many of their drivers due to the drop of volume and demand. Then, the boom of freight and demand hit the US market and at this point, not enough drivers were available. The driver situation improved over the last months but the current trucking fleet does still not cover the strong demand. Truckers are overbooked for the next 3-5 weeks. To accelerate the pick-ups and deliveries, LTL and FTL can be an option to arrange transloads into/from containers at designated warehouses.
Chassis in the US
It becomes a great challenge that almost all containers are stuck somewhere on chassis, waiting for transport. That leads to the problem that empty chassis are hardly available to arrange a pick up. Chassis are fully used and become a rare commodity in the US.
US inbound freight
The ports and rail terminals infrastructure in the US is simply overwhelmed by the current import volume. Inbound containers are parked on certain spots to make room for the new vessel / train loadings. In many cases, these "parking lots" are completely overstocked and containers are buried and not available for immediate hand over. In order to arrange a pick-up, the terminal provides appointments to truckers ONLY once the container is available and customs released - which can take days and even weeks in many cases.
US outbound freight
The main challenge is to find the desperately needed container equipment as well as the chassis for the transport. Ports and rail terminals are also full of export containers and the stations are not simply accepting export loads that easily. The situation is tight and almost every shipment is experiencing severe delays.
We estimate that the situation in the US will not improve this year. Even 2022 will continue to be challenging but the team of DACHSER is aiming to provide our clients a good service and solutions despite the challenging times in the USA.
High Priority Cargo
Currently, it is possible to achieve better transit times and shorter turnaround times at the US terminals by using LCL services for prioritized shipments instead of FCL services. DACHSER operates regular premium LCL services on both ex-Asia and Europe trade lanes. Transit times ex China, for example, are even shortened from overall 28 to 18 days. And further, new pipeline services including Atlanta and Los Angeles aim to reduce booking windows immensely. The continuing tight situation in the US ocean freight market will also require that desperately needed freight will have to be loaded more often by air. DACHSER offers regular premium capacity with its own Air Network, for example with weekly connections on the Frankfurt - Chicago route in both directions and the option of connecting to other US airports.
We are in close contact with carriers and service providers on a daily basis and do our best to make your supply chain as smooth as possible. For individual advice, please contact your local representative of DACHSER so that we can implement the best logistics solution for you.
Severe service disruption at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)
Air freight service at Shanghai PVG Airport is again brought into challenges after several positive COVID cases were reported last Friday, August 20, at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG).
Ningbo ports status update and possible consequences
Regarding the closure of the port of Ningbo Meishan, we would like to give you an overview of the current situation and the possible consequences.
“Keeping the good and shaping agility.”
On January 1, DACHSER’s new Executive Board officially took office.
DACHSER expands its Willebroek branch
DACHSER is investing in its branch in Willebroek near Antwerp, Belgium. The expansion of the cross-docking and on-site parking facilities started this summer and is planned to be completed by the end of the year.
Keeping an eye on the big picture
When Selina Hipp started planning her career path, logistics wasn’t even on the list. Neither was the chemical industry. But now she combines both in her role as Business Development Manager Switzerland DACHSER Chem Logistics.
Margret is devoted to helping San children
Since 2015, DACHSER and the children's relief organization terre des Hommes have been committed to helping the children of the San people (also known as Bushmen) lead better, more independent lives. Education is an essential component – and 24-year-old Margret Hans is doing all she can to add it to the equation.
Successful implementation of the Global Air Freight Security Network of DACHSER
The issue of security is of paramount importance when it comes to the worldwide transport of your air freight. To enable DACHSER to support its customers even better in maintaining a secure supply chain, the "Global Air Freight Security Network" project was launched in 2020 by the Air Freight Security Team at DACHSER and has now been successfully implemented.
The goal of the Global Air Freight Security Network is to strengthen the global network of DACHSER. The introduction of a worldwide organization with local contacts will result in more efficient communication between the Air & Sea Logistics locations, enabling a faster reactivity to new regulations and innovations. In addition, a faster implementation of standardized processes of DACHSER worldwide will be enabled.
The implementation of the project will further reduce the risk in the area of air freight security to ensure transportation through strictest compliance with all regulations.
If you have any questions, please contact your local DACHSER representative.
Heavy rainfall in China
The heavy rainfall in the Chinese province of Henan over the past few days has led to widespread flooding and the cancellation of many regional train and road connections. These restrictions are causing delays along the supply chain of DACHSER Rail Services.
Due to the flooding, around 100,000 people have been evacuated and many dams and reservoirs have risen to warning levels. With more rain expected in the coming days, it is still unclear by when the situation in the flooded areas will calm down.
If you have any questions regarding your supply chain, please contact your local contact at the respective DACHSER branch.
"Supply chains face huge challenges"
On its 50th birthday, the swap body is more in demand than ever, because cargo space is currently in short supply. This applies not only to Europe, but especially to intercontinental trade.
Vaccine for Berlin
Fighting the pandemic with vaccine, PPE, and intelligent logistics. Berlin’s senate is procuring its vaccine logistics services from a tried and true partner: DACHSER’s Berlin Schönefeld branch.