(Apr 9, 2020) - The situation remains highly dynamic and this is also reflected in the changing market conditions on the major trade lanes. The overall demand ex China is further increasing especially with limited supply being available on the trade to Europe. In general, the situation changes by country depending on the COVID-19 impact and stage of each country. Especially transport demand for humanitarian goods, medical equipment and support goods has significantly increased throughout the last couple weeks. Any additional demand and therefore supply of capacity is largely depending on passenger cargo flights.
What we have done to support you:
Our console charter flight schedule now includes the following flight operations:
➢ Europe – China – Europe: 3 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Hongkong – Europe: 2 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ China – USA: 3 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Europe – USA – Europe: 3 flights per week (MD11F and B747-400F)
➢ USA – Australia: 1 flight per week (B777F)
➢ Europe – India – Europe: 1 flight per week (B747-400F)
➢ China (Chengdu) – Europe – China (Chengdu): 2 flights per week (B787 PAX Cargo Flight)
In case you need support on transport solutions for protective masks or similar medical equipment, please contact your account manager or local DB Schenker team for further details. We are ready to support you through our dedicated team and airfreight solutions!
(Apr 09, 2020) - All offices remain in full operations with access to terminal handling and ground transportation. All our European hubs deliver import and receive export freight with no backlogs recorded towards the weekend. Operationally, our linehauls to and from the hubs remain on time. In some areas, our cross-border trucks might experience some minor delays.
Airfreight export market volumes are slightly lower due to Easter, but import is still very stable on a high level. China imports go very strong at continuously all-time highs due to an ongoing strong demand in medical supplies, protective gears, and face masks which DB Schenker continues to support with utmost priority.
(Apr 09, 2020) - There are no significant updates in status from the previous advisory.
(Apr 06, 2020) - An increasing number of countries in Asia are implementing lockdowns (or extending existing) in their respective countries, causing more constraints and limitation in manufacturing and movement of goods.
While some airlines have injected passenger flight capacity into the market, these are still insufficient to cater to the market demands.
Charter request continues to be high with strong demands also for the purpose for medical supplies, PPE, etc., which DB Schenker continues to support.
For India, market capacity remains constrained at less than 30%. We have put in place charter programs planned for April 2020. Do get in touch with your Account Managers for further details.
Congestion at airports continue to be a concern in view of possible damages and difficulty in locating cargo due to capacity utilization above 100%. We recommend customers to move cargo to transit warehouse or request for warehouse in factory (where possible) to be opened to accept cargo. We will continue to witness delays of up to 1-2 days in clearance and transportation across both air import and export shipments.
(Apr 09, 2020) – With effect from April 6, Emirates Airlines will start outbound passenger service from the UAE on selected routes. Initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels with four flights a week to London Heathrow and three flights a week to the other cities. The airline will also carry belly-hold cargo in both directions. Please note that no inbound passengers are allowed to UAE from any country.
(Apr 06, 2020) – Belly capacity constraints remain as passenger services continue to be suspended in many other MEA countries. DB Schenker in the region can manage the current demand with available cargo capacity. Please note, airlines have withdrawn the contract rates until the situation resumes back to normal.
(Apr 06, 2020) – In addition to inbound / outbound freighters, airlines are now introducing passenger-cargo flights to support the current market demand. Please get in touch with your Account Manager for more details.
Overall, our air freight operations in the countries remain uninterrupted as we continue to serve customers. In many countries, logistics and supply chains are considered business critical. Therefore, our services do not cease during lockdowns.
No operational restrictions for air cargo business
Qatar, Kenya, Oman, South Africa, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE , Egypt
Restrictions for operational air cargo business
(Apr 09, 2020) - USA - China
➢ Market capacity and demand continue favorable. New China
restrictions on passenger carriers are not impacting the USA exports significantly due to an abundance of inbound freighter flights that provide capacity on the return leg. Rates remain above pre-COVID-19 levels, however no exceptional highs. No major backlogs.
USA to Asia (excluding China)
➢ Thailand, Singapore, and Japan tight with some backlogs.
➢ South Korea, India, Oceania and Australia critical. Passenger services are severely reduced and freighter operations are at capacity with some backlogs. South Korea heavily backlogged. Pricing at a premium.
USA - Europe
➢ Market demand is moderate to strong, but sufficient capacity to service customers. Pricing at a premium.
➢ We are making full use of our alternative capacity on the freighter flight operations 3 x week ex ORD and ATL to FRA.
USA - Latin America / Latin America to Europe & APAC
➢ Passenger services have become significantly reduced as well as Import demand to Latin America. Freighter capacity is enough to maintain services at slightly elevated pricing.
➢ Transit delays possible at airport / carrier terminal operations.
Airline Terminals Cargo handling
➢ Due to virus-related staff reductions, the JFK airport international cargo terminals have been heavily affected creating transit delays: Delayed releases and receipt of cargo.