(Apr 02, 2020) - Airfreight carriers are introducing more passenger cargo flights as of this week to support the global supply in the airfreight market. However, COVID-19 has led to a significant change in supply as approximately 75% of the global capacity is now freighter capacity with only 25% belly capacity remaining in the market on international passenger flights. The dependency on freighters has increased week by week leading to a continuous high pressure on airfreight rates. Currently we do not foresee a change especially on highly constrained trade lanes. 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)The flight operations from Europe – India – Europe is also now able to connect your requests to and from the USA and will operate as of this weekend on a weekly basis. Please reach out to your Account Manager for further details and support.
(Apr 02, 2020) - All offices remain in full operation with access to terminal handling and ground transportation. All of our European hubs deliver import and receive export freight with no backlogs recorded over the weekend. Operationally, our linehauls to and from the hubs remain on time. In some areas, our cross-border trucks still experience delays.
We do record a further decrease in export volumes in the market, whereas import volumes remain stable. China imports remain at an all-time high, mainly due to very strong demands in medical supplies, protective gears and face masks which DB Schenker continues to support with the utmost priority.
(Apr 02, 2020) - There are no significant updates in status from the previous advisory.
For India, airfreight operations remain accessible for both import and export activities, including customs clearance. However, 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.
(Mar 30, 2020) - Market capacity remains severely constrained or critical for major SEA countries, India, Japan, and New Zealand, ranging from approx. 10% to less than 50%. We continue to collaborate with our other products to provide work-around inter-modal solutions for customers. A quick and early recovery is not expected in April.
(Apr 02, 2020) – Even though belly capacity continues to reduce as passenger services remain suspended to many MEA countries, DB Schenker in the region is able to manage the current demand with available cargo capacity. However, airlines have withdrawn the contract rates until the situation resumes back to normal.
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.
(Apr 02, 2020) - USA-China: Capacity and demand continue favorable. New China restrictions on PAX carriers are not impacting the USA exports significantly due to abundance inbound Freighter flights that provides capacity on the return leg. Rates remain above pre-COVID-19 levels however no exceptional highs. No major backlogs.
USA to Asia (excluding China): TH, KR, SG, and JP tight with some backlogs. USA to IN and OZ now critical. Passenger services into these markets have for the most part been suspended. With the easing import restrictions, demand is further increasing, placing strain on capacity with the freighter operations.
USA-Europe: Demand is moderate to strong. Going into April, the impact of the continuing cutback in passenger capacity is having its expected effects. 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 Am / Latin Am to Europe & Apac: Passenger services have become significantly reduced as in the other trade lanes after governmental ordered quarantines and restrictions on foreign entry have been put in place. Import demand to Latin Am in the market is down significantly and freighter capacity is enough to maintain services at slight elevated pricing.
Airline Terminals Cargo handling – Due to staff reductions related to virus, the JFK airport Intl cargo terminals have been heavily affected creating transit delays: Delayed releases / receipt of cargo.