Read DB Schenker's latest edition of their COVID-19 global customer advisory update below.
Thanks to growing vaccination coverage and decreasing pandemic impact, parts of the world are heading towards more regular conditions of business. However, with the spread of new mutations we do also see countries and regions hit by new waves of outbreak causing continuous impact on lives and businesses.
While improving, the conditions under which we all operate will continue to be disruptive and far from normal. We look forward to continue our update services as long as the global pandemic influences the economy and hence our common business.
- The airfreight market is quickly heading into the peak season while capacity access is already critical due to a strong surge in market volumes year-on-year. In June, market volumes increased further as demand remains strong throughout the summer season while capacity remains limited.
- Due to the increasing demand situation in the global airfreight market, the current market dynamics have accelerated, and market demand is further outpacing supply.
- Major airfreight freighter operators are preparing for the peak season with key maintenance checks currently performed to ensure the aircrafts are available during the second half of the year as demand is expected to further increase in the coming months based on industry forecasts.
- COVID-19 is currently impacting several key regions and economies at an increasing level. In particular, China, Vietnam and other key countries in Asia Pacific recently experience increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases. The number of cases in Europe as well as North America is also increasing. This has impacted the supply chain operations in various locations. The mode shift from ocean to air is adding continuous pressure to the congested market situation as shippers attempt to mitigate the impact of the global ocean freight market. This has led, particularly in North America, to significant increases in market volumes during the first half of 2021 with further volume surge expected for the peak season.
- Ground handling situation across all regions and key economies is in a critical stage as major air cargo flights are arriving and departing from key airports. This is leading to a shortage or delays in the availability of trucking service, ground handling operations and turnaround times as well as schedule integrity from key airlines.
- Especially the ground handling situation in the US has recently deteriorated, leading to delays to drop of cargo at ground handlers and turnaround time of import freight. The situation is not expected to significantly improve in the coming months.
- Sliding sailings and in consequence missing repositioning of empty equipment in all main trades resulting as a ripple effect of various operational hurdles (e.g. the Suez blockage, Yantian port situation, now Ningbo port situation). This impacts the available allocation across all carriers as well as the equipment availability for the remainder of the third quarter.
- Volume pressure ex APAC to all destinations remains strong; to last at least until the end of Q3 / 2021. Volumes ex Europe remain strong as well, especially to the Americas. Market rates in all main trades have climbed further upwards.
- Global carrier schedule reliability down to 39% and average delay of vessel arrivals of 6 to 7 days.
- Some restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are still established in some European countries, directly or indirectly affecting transportation. Nevertheless, we see a trend towards more and more relieving of restrictions throughout Europe.
- In case of disruptions, we follow our pre-defined contingency plans to ensure flows of cargo. We are adapting our transport service offerings daily to the needs of our customers.
- Some receivers continue to have limited operations. All shippers may check the delivery possibility with the consignee to avoid cost for storage or return shipments.
- The global situation remains volatile, with governmental restrictions especially in the APAC region.
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- We carry on supporting our customers on short notice with all conceivable warehousing services and offer available idle space, hence please check with your DB Schenker account manager or local contact person.
- To support COVID-19 vaccination, medical centers, respective treatments and preventive measures, we offer handling of medical devices and PPE worldwide, as part of our integrated end-to-end healthcare services.
Fairs, Events and Special Logistics
- Situation globally remains volatile with different restrictions in most countries.
- Leading trade fair markets worldwide are open or partially open.
- First sport events have started taking place again and others are scheduled with a strong
involvement of our Global Event Specialists.
- Our teams worldwide are in close contact with trade fair and event organizers as well as the
respective associations and authorities and able to advise you on the current situation and
provide the required services.
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