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Customer Advisory COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 virus has spread, we have extended our COVID-19 customer update. We have compiled and aggregated facts and figures across all business areas as well as covering all regions. Please continue to be engaged with your account managers on your latest plans, prices and projections. We continue to make every effort to support your business.


Global Market Updates

  • Global

(Jan 18, 2022) – The airfreight market and dynamics continued its acceleration as market demand continues to rise and supply chain levels are limited considering the availability of freighter aircraft and high cost related to passenger freighter flights. The dependency on air freight freighter operators and flights remains high with no major increase in PAX flights into Q1 / 2022. The outlook for the beginning of Q1 remains challenging to manage at least until the Lunar New Year. Despite the already maxed utilization of freighter aircraft currently placed in service, DB Schenker managed to introduce additional flight operation services on various lanes, e.g. North America to South America as well as in between Germany and China.

The market is congested also considering the large impact of mode shift from ocean to air. Especially with a continuous increase of critical shipments being converted to airfreight, there is a significant increase in large shipments in the market that requires access to freighter capacity.

An additional problem for the air freight market is that carriers are cancelling more and more freighters and converting them to charters. This is adding pressure to the existing market situation. A critical point in the supply chain is the ground handling operations to ensure goods that are transported by airfreight are quickly turned around. The COVID-19 cases in key economies in Asia Pacific, such as China and Vietnam, but as well in Europe and North America have stabilized. In some markets, for example in China and in the US, the situation is still critical as ground handling and warehouse operations are restricted. Nonetheless, delays in inbound volume clearing have been observed and DB Schenker airfreight staff is coordinating closely with all stakeholders and alternative routings have been applied were deemed adequate.

The Omicron variant continues to cause havoc as airlines are forced to cancel flights due to challenges with crews. Airline companies say the cancellations are due to airline crews testing positive. Staff who have not tested positive but have been in contact with those infected are then being forced to selfisolate. It is expected that the market will continue to see major disruptions for the next 1 - 2 months.

Our DB Schenker own controlled network includes flights on following routes:

Fueled with SAF: Frankfurt (FRA) – Shanghai (PVG) – Frankfurt (FRA)

Bangalore (BLR) – Munich (MUC) – Chicago (RFD) – Munich (MUC) – Doha (DOH) (plus onforwarding via scheduled flights from (DOH) to (BLR), (BOM), (MAA), (DEL), (JNB))
→ Beijing (PEK) – Munich (MUC)
→ Chicago (ORD / RFD) – Seoul (ICN) – Shanghai (PVG) – Chicago (RFD) (Note: Single flights might be routed into HKG instead of PVG)
→ Chicago (ORD) – Sao Paulo (GRU)
→ Detroit (DTW) – Shanghai (PVG) (Note: Cargo transitioned in DTW / RFS from ORD to DTW)
→ Frankfurt (FRA) – Beijing (PEK)
→ Frankfurt (FRA) – Mumbai (BOM) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Atlanta (ATL) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→ Frankfurt (FRA) – Chicago (ORD / RFD) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→ Frankfurt (FRA) – Shanghai (PVG)
→ Frankfurt (HHN) – Shanghai (PVG) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→ Frankfurt (FRA / HHN) – Zhengzhou (CGO)
→ Hongkong (HKG) – Chicago (RFD) – Luxembourg (LUX)
→ Hongkong (HKG) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→ Liege (LGG) – Shanghai (PVG) – Luxembourg (LUX) (Note: This includes trucking to / from CGO - PVG / PVG - CGO)
→ Luxembourg (LUX) – Indianapolis (IND) – Luxembourg (LUX)
→ Miami (MIA) – Campinas (VCP)
→ Munich (MUC) – Beijing (PEK)
→ Munich (MUC) – Shanghai (PVG)
→ Munich (MUC) – Zhengzhou (CGO)
→ Shanghai (PVG) – Chicago (ORD)
→ Shanghai (PVG) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→ Shanghai (PVG) – Munich (MUC)
→ Shanghai (PVG) – Singapore (SIN) – Sydney (SYD)
NEW: Taipei (TPE) – Chicago (ORD)
→ Zhengzhou (CGO) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→ Zhengzhou (CGO) – Amsterdam (AMS)

Career Capacity Development 1-12/2020

More detailed information on this new flight schedule can be found by clicking here.

  • Europe 

(Jan 19, 2022) - All offices remain in full operation with access to terminal handling and ground transportation. Operationally, our linehauls to and from the hubs are running as scheduled. Please get in touch with your DB Schenker Account Manager for more information.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Jan 18, 2022) - Further to the market situation update as highlighted within Global Air Freight section of this advisory, there is no other reported impact to operations in APAC Air Freight.

COVID-19 variants still pose a clear and present risk for operational disruptions in our network. Our approach remains unchanged with priority focusing on the health and safety of our workforce as well as remaining vigilant in monitoring the situation to mitigate risk and events with potential impact to operations in all our APAC countries.

General APAC Region SITREP

ANZ Cluster
→ In Australia, the increase in COVID-19 case numbers coupled with isolation requirements for casual and close contacts is causing pressure on operations. Many businesses in the supply chain, including DB Schenker and our business partners, are facing temporary strains on staffing resources. We are experiencing service disruptions to the local air freight market as a result.

India Sub-Continent Cluster
→ DB Schenker in India continues in Work from Home (WFH) mode. All staff who are able to execute their responsibilities with access through e-mail, mobile and online tools would be requested to work from home. Activated roster remains in effect for frontline staff who need to be working from our offices, warehouses, airports and seaports, along with reinforcing COVID-19 protocols. All sites are open though there is a night curfew limiting the working hours. In addition, there is a weekend lockdown in all major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai. It is expected to continue till end of January.

Generally, business volumes are affected as weekend lockdowns have impacted demand in general.

Greater China Cluster
→ Area North continues to be heavily impacted with lockdowns in Xi’an and Tianjin, as per previous advisory issue. There is an impact to manufacturing activities in general:

  • Xi’an - Manufacturing running at minimum level (20 - 30% of normal capacity).
  • Tianjin - 20% of manufacturing and logistics activities were reported for both CW2 midweek. Beijing and Tianjin commute is completely shut down.

With the upcoming Winter Games, Beijing city will commence stringent traffic control on vehicles. The major impact is on land transportation in Beijing city, which may indirectly affect other modes. We will also be closely monitoring developments with potential impact coming from the Lunar New Year festive season in early February.

Southeast Asia Cluster
→ Air freight operations in the Southeast Asia Cluster countries are stable without any operational disruptions due to COVID-19. Some of the countries experience a lack of air capacity because flights are still suspended until further notice. Demand remains strong and the high rates are therefore likely to continue. We recommend customers who move big volumes out of countries like Cambodia, to consider alternative solutions such as the land / air option via BKK or SGN.

Northeast Asia Clusters situation is still being monitored.
Should there be any specific account operational effects, updates will be provided to our DB Schenker Account Management teams where necessary. We recommend being in close contact with your DB Schenker Account Managers for any further details.
Our air freight operations remain available to support customer needs. Control measures remain in effect. Delays may be expected. Alternatives to transport cargo via other routes are being established and stop - gap measures for labor shortages are being deployed where necessary. Customers may contact the respective DB Schenker representatives for support or solutions if required.
Capacity is expected to remain volatile. Do refer to our Global Flight Network’s additional scheduled charter services for more solutions that can meet your needs. 

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  • Middle East/Africa 

(Jan 19, 2022) - Overall, DB Schenker’s air freight operations in the countries remain uninterrupted and we continue to serve our customers. For more detailed market updates related to Middle East and Africa, please click here (PDF).

Situation

Country

No operational restrictions for air cargo business         

Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique, Oman, Qatar, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE

  • Americas 

(Jan 17, 2022) - Throughout the region, the market demand for air freight capacity continues strong as we enter into Q1 / 2022. Specific to the USA, transit delays related to insufficient staffing at airport terminals and other areas of the transport supply chain were improving. But now shortages and related delays are continuing due to the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. This is creating lengthy delays in transitioning cargo at the major gateway cities.
Air carriers are challenged by crew shortages causing flight cancellations. As well, the return of widebody passenger aircraft cargo capacity slowed again due to the new variant affecting travel. Canada and Latin American countries are faring better in regard to staffing up until now, but that could change quickly.
DB Schenker has increased its own flight operations in 2022 considering the continuing challenges in the market. The network covers Transatlantic, Transpacific and intra-Americas routes and provides secure capacity for our customers.

Americas exports by trade-lane:

USA – Europe

→ Market demand continues moderate to strong from the USA. DB Schenker is maintaining multiple, weekly, 747 freighter flights from Chicago, Rockford, Indianapolis and Atlanta to Frankfurt and Luxemburg. They offer DB Schenker customers stable and secure access to capacity.

USA – Asia (excluding China)

→ Capacity remains tight but on most trade lanes with critical situations remaining with destinations in Australia, Singapore and India. DB Schenker has in place large block space agreements to support these destinations from its key USA Gateways, as well as exclusive 747 freighter flight operations two times per week from ORD / RFD to Korea (ICN), that continues on to China. Strong ‘block-space’ air carrier agreements are in place and support the strong demand into critical destinations.

USA – China Specific

→ Chinese governmental protocols for combating COVID-19 have affected the amount of cargo that can be processed at key airport gateways, resulting in disruption of carrier schedules and at time limitations of cargo on board flights dependent on whether there is enough ground handling staff available to off load or load aircraft. This in the face of strong demand in exports as well as imports between the USA and China. Market backlogs have developed with accompanying transit delays. DB Schenker, as part of its own controlled flight network, has maintained 747 freighter flights from ORD / RFD to and from China and has recently added a flight from DTW to PVG to support the heavy demand.

USA – Latin Am / Latin Am to Europe and APAC

→ Intra-Americas: Capacity is in strong demand, with market backlogs effecting all major origins and destinations. Challenges related to freighter carriers schedule fluctuations continue. On the critical Miami to Sao Paulo trade lane, DB Schenker has introduced weekly DB Schenker controlled flight operations from ORD to GRU, as well as from MIA to VCP. Passenger flights are slowly increasing but continue well below pre-COVID-19 levels. Airport terminals are in general busy operating near normal, but with congestion causing some delays in receiving and delivery delays at some airports (VCP / EZE).
→ Latin Am Exports: North American, Intra-Americas and European destination capacity is tight with the market suffering backlogs due to limited freighter capacity, missing passenger aircraft space and continuing strong demand.
→ USA / Latin Am to Middle East/Africa: South Africa with continued strong market demand and shortage of capacity.

  • Global

(Jan 18, 2022) - Global trade 2021 has been very strong and is expected to close at plus 11% vs 2020. This is a result of a very strong first half of the year, the second half has been slowing down to more “normal” growth rates in all trades. Still remarkable remains the exceptional strong flow into North America and South America as well as Intra-Regional trade volume development.

Global Trade Graphic

The volume development slowdown is caused mainly by a weak development of the backhaul trades: Noram to Asia, but also Europe to Mideast and Asia suffer due to rate development in favor of high value containerized commodities. This impacts traditional commodities (agriculture, recyclable, etc.) on these routes negatively.

Vessels ex Asia are fully utilized until Lunar New Year beginning of February 2022.

Strong liftings on Europe to Americas to continue, the Transatlantic ex North Europe to North America still suffers from a significant roll pool in Europe. In line with the uplift situation, also rates levels on all main trades ex Asia into the World continue to climb up again.

Global Trade Management

Market rates are expected to stay high. Carriers focus on FAK and Premium segments and continue to play the market to their advantage.

We strongly recommend most accurate forecasts for optimal allocation and uplift planning as well as preventing infrastructure bottlenecks (related to availability of truck, rail, barge power, but also equipment).

Please expect the situation on all trades to remain subject to continuous changes.

For 2022, overall, a modest market growth is expected. It is anticipated that all trades will show a positive growth between 1 and 5%, also the backhaul trades will be strengthened again. On the supply side however, the expected vessel deliveries of some 750,000 TEU capacity for 2022 remains behind last year’s numbers. The current idle capacity is a record low with 0.5%.

Coupled with the ongoing congestion in the main regions and the missing upgrade of infrastructure, the actual delta on demand and supply remains highly in favor of the demand. In consequence, the current high-rate level scenario is to remain in place throughout the entire year to come. Further tightening on supply and hence increasing the delta towards demand is expected from the IMO2023 regulation addressing the carbon emissions of every vessel.

Compliance with IMO's GHG strategy graphic

Source (graphic left): Hapag-Lloyd. Source (graphic right): IMO

With an uncertain outlook on vessel utilization and partly huge impacts on port terminals, we need to prepare for changing schedules and transit times, sudden / unexpected delays in uplift, increased bottlenecks of equipment availability, inconsistent departures and sudden surcharges possibly resulting in higher costs for the supply chain.

Our experts in Ocean will support and guide for

→ SchenkerOcean strategic carrier partnerships to ensure access to equipment and space on all trades.
Volume forecast and allocation planning: through access to volumes on all alliances and consultative volume planning (allocation match based on customer forecast) we ensure proper prioritization.
Conversion from SchenkerOcean FCL to LCL to ensure uplift of faster required part loads.
Resilient and sustainable shipping possibilities through mixed SchenkerOcean carrier portfolio.
→ Various cargo storage options (using own or contracted warehouses and store goods accordingly to ease the rush of cargo at the same time).
→ Use of inhouse options for airfreight, rail freight and combined modes of transport options.
→ Alternate FCL shipping options via breakbulk (on multipurpose vessels).

  • Europe

(Jan 19, 2022) - All European Ocean Freight Branches are fully functioning operationally.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Jan 18, 2022) - Further to the market situation update as highlighted within Global Ocean Freight section of this advisory, there is no other reported impact to operations in APAC Ocean Freight.

COVID-19 variants still pose a clear and present risk for operational disruptions in our network. Our approach remains unchanged with priority focusing on the health and safety of our workforce, as well as remaining vigilant in monitoring the situation to mitigate risk and events with potential impact to operations in all our APAC countries.

General APAC Region SITREP

ANZ Cluster
→ In Australia, the increase in COVID-19 case numbers coupled with isolation requirements for casual and close contacts is causing pressure on operations. Many businesses in the supply chain including DB Schenker and our business partners are facing temporary strains on staffing resources. We are experiencing service disruptions to the local ocean freight market including terminal congestion and competition to secure vehicle booking slots.

India Sub-Continent Cluster
→ DB Schenker in India continues in Work from Home (WFH) mode. All staff who are able to execute their responsibilities with access through e-mail, mobile and online tools would be requested to work from home. Activated roster remains in effect for frontline staff who need to be working from our offices, warehouses, airports and seaports, along with reinforcing COVID-19 protocols. All sites are open though there is a night curfew limiting the working hours. In addition, there is a weekend lockdown in all major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai. It is expected to continue till end of January.

Generally, business volumes are affected as weekend lockdowns have impacted demand in general.

Greater China Cluster

→ Area North continues to be heavily impacted with lockdowns in Xi’an and Tianjin, as per previous advisory issue. There is an impact to manufacturing activities in general:

  • Xi’an - Manufacturing running at minimum level (20 - 30% of normal capacity).
  • Tianjin - 20% of manufacturing and logistics activities were reported for both CW2 midweek. Beijing and Tianjin commute is completely shut down.

With the upcoming Winter Games, Beijing city will commence stringent traffic control on vehicles. The major impact is on land transportation in Beijing city, which may indirectly affect other modes. We will also be closely monitoring developments with potential impact coming from the Lunar New Year festive season in early February.

Southeast Asia Cluster

→ Volume demand remains strong and continues to outgrow capacity prior to the Lunar New Year holidays. However, due to massive port congestion (i.e. at Bangkok Port), feeder vessels are unstable with frequent delay or omit, besides many blank sailings or port omissions are applied to connecting vessels for long haul trade lanes now. In consequence, space and equipment shortage is getting worse with most main carriers for all trade lanes. Space is already full until the end of January. Due to prolonged waiting times at the container depots and loading and unloading facilities, countries also experience a lack of trucks and drivers in countries like Thailand. Also, the ongoing re-allocation of capacity from Intra-Asia to the FEWB and TPEB trades starts causing increasing space shortage and rate increases from the Southeast Asian Ports.

Northeast Asia Clusters situation is still being monitored. Should there be any specific account operational effects, updates will be provided to our DB Schenker Account Management teams where necessary. We recommend being in close contact with your DB Schenker Account Managers for any further details.

Our Ocean operations continue to be available to support customer needs. Delays could be expected in customs clearance and transportation. Stop-gap measures will be deployed where necessary.

→ Do reach out to your respective DB Schenker representatives for support or solutions where required.

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  • Middle East/Africa 

(Jan 19, 2022) - DB Schenker is fully operational and available to manage the current demand from customers even though an equipment shortage has been seen in the region. For more detailed market updates related to Middle East and Africa, please click here (PDF).

  • Americas 

(Jan 17, 2022) - A lot of pressure still ex South America for all outbound trades: Tight equipment, in particular on the East Coast of South America, overly full ships. Pressure on allocation and equipment availability will continue in the coming weeks. Increased market demand for main commodities will continue, depending on the rate exchange which so far is looming a positive trend for exports in coming months.

  • Global

(Jan 19, 2022) - Europe Land is fully operational and available for business, managing existing COVID-19 constraints in European countries. Asia gives a heterogeneous picture with most countries fully operational and available for business while a few countries (such as India) are facing challenges, however operating. Asia Landbridge (China to South-East Asia) as well as Eurasia Landbridge (China – Europe Train) are fully operating, although facing congestions. Land operations in the Americas are also showing constraints, but still working close to normal.

  • Europe 

(Jan 19, 2022) - Some restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to be in place in some European countries and are in parts directly or indirectly affecting the transportation of goods. Due to rising infection rates, some European countries (e.g. Czech Repuiblic, Slovakia) go / went into lockdown measures to break the wave. DB Schenker Land Transport monitors the situation closely and reacts specially to border situations due to regulations imposed by individual countries. For any potential cases of disruptive conditions, we follow our pre-defined contingency plans to ensure flows of cargo as much as possible. In addition, we are adapting our transport service offerings daily to the needs of our customers.

Europe Land Transport Heatmap Graphic
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  • Asia Pacific 

(Jan 19, 2022) - Our Domestic Land product continues to provide our regular high level of service. The situation is improving across APAC, while we continue to closely monitor the local situations which could lead to delays.

There is heavy congestion reported on segments of our Asia Landbridge service, but apart from freight out of and into China, the remaining intra-Asia FTL / LTL road service is generally running to schedule. The increasing mode change from Ocean and Air, plus COVID-19 control measures adopted in China, caused high queueing congestion at the Chinese road export borders of PingXiang and DongXing. Truck queuing has exceeded 30 days at these borders and pleasingly, freight is starting to move again. We have also started circumventing the queues via newly launched rail service from PingXiang China to Dong Dang Vietnam, plus another service from Kunming China to Vientiane Laos. However, both of these services are not established yet and significant delays are common. Total transit time is therefore unpredictable.

Following are our observations at key border crossings:

Border Gateway observations

Border Gateway observations

This border congestion is causing significant asset shortage in the market where fees for truck sourcing, alternate gateway use and detention are required to secure capacity. Chinese government mandated substitute drivers are the only ones authorized to operate in border zones and come at an additional cost. Additional labor and associated domicile costs are also required to strategically avoid lengthy quarantine periods for our international drivers. We also foresee a substitute Driver shortage as Chinese New Year approaches (Feb 1 and 2) and drivers must quarantine for 14 days to exit the border zone.

DB Schenker staff at Asia Landbridge border offices continue to ensure lead-times are minimized through “triage” prioritization.

However, Customers are strongly urged to coordinate any volume spikes with their DB Schenker Account Manager as early as possible.

Congestion levels are improving on our Eurasia service for Rail and Road. Please refer below:

Border situation graphic

Eurasia Train Schedule ex Xi’an.

All trains ex Xi’an for week 52, 53, 1 & 2 departed on time.

Week 3 containers are being collected in an orderly fashion.

Additional costs relating to disinfecting cargo is still being imposed upon the relevant freight payer or consignee for all eastbound shipments.

We strongly recommend checking estimated lead times with your DB Schenker Account Manager.

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General APAC Region SITREP

ANZ Cluster
→ In Australia, the increase in COVID-19 case numbers coupled with isolation requirements for casual and close contacts is causing pressure on operations. There are labor shortages and delays, with not enough drivers to service demand.

India Sub-Continent Cluster
→ DB Schenker in India continues in Work from Home (WFH) mode. All staff who are able to execute their responsibilities would be requested to work from home with access through e-mail, mobile and online tools. Activated roster remains in effect for frontline staff who need to be working from our offices, warehouses, airports and seaports, along with reinforcing COVID-19 protocols. All sites are open though there is a night curfew limiting the working hours. In addition, there is a weekend lockdown in all major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai. It is expected to continue till end of January.

Generally, business volumes are affected as weekend lockdowns have impacted demand in general.

Greater China Cluster
→ Area North continues to be heavily impacted with lockdowns in Xi’an and Tianjin, as per previous advisory issue. There is an impact to manufacturing activities in general:

  • Xi’an - Manufacturing running at minimum level (20 - 30% of normal capacity).
  • Tianjin - 20% of manufacturing and logistics activities were reported for both CW2 midweek. Beijing and Tianjin commute is completely shut down.

With the upcoming Winter Games, Beijing city will commence stringent traffic control on vehicles. The major impact is on land transportation in Beijing city, which may indirectly affect other modes. We will also be closely monitoring developments with potential impact coming from the Lunar New Year festive season in early February.

Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia Clusters situation is still being monitored.

Middle East/Africa 

(Jan 19, 2022) - Land transportation may be delayed in some countries due to additional checking. In some parts of the GCC, cargo movement has been restricted to food and essential items.

→ Please get in touch with your DB Schenker Account Manager for more details.

  • Americas

(Jan 17, 2022)

→ USA: Fully operational.
→ Brazil: Market is running in normal conditions. 
→ Canada: Most provinces maintain moderate restrictions. No carrier restrictions.
→ Argentina: Commercial activities are working normally.
→ Chile: Ports and warehouse near ports working normally.
→ Mexico: Fully operational.

  • Global

(Jan 19, 2022) – We continue noticing a volatile situation with different governmental restrictions globally, raise of infections due to Omicron variant. Thus, our operations and customer services remain stable, and there is no change in monitoring the situation in all regions very closely. Prioritizing the protection of our staff. Keeping our customers’ businesses running. Therefore, we continue focusing on dedicated guidelines and preventive measures.

For short-term support we keep up our customer service offering on short note:

→ In case you need temporary space, reach out to your DB Schenker Account Manager or local contact person!

  • Europe

(Jan 19, 2022) - All sites in our operations in Europe currently remain fully operational with precautionary measures in place for the health of workers.

  • Asia Pacific

(Jan 18, 2022) - There are no reported significant impact to operations in APAC Contract Logistics (as at date stamp of this update).

COVID-19 variants still pose a clear and present risk for operational disruptions in our network. Our approach remains unchanged with priority focusing on the health and safety of our workforce, as well as remaining vigilant in monitoring the situation to mitigate risk and events with potential impact to operations in all our APAC countries.

General APAC Region SITREP

ANZ Cluster
→ In Australia, the increase in COVID-19 case numbers coupled with isolation requirements for casual and close contacts is causing pressure on operations. There are labor shortages in the business and across most industries. We continue to support our customers by following the latest government advice, having strict COVID-19 safe measures and protocols in place and exploring options to cover the challenging labor situation.

India Sub-Continent Cluster
→ DB Schenker in India continues in Work from Home (WFH) mode. All staff who are able to execute their responsibilities with access through e-mail, mobile and online tools would be requested to work from home. Activated roster remains in effect for frontline staff who need to be working from our offices, warehouses, airports and seaports, along with reinforcing COVID-19 protocols. All sites are open though there is a night curfew limiting the working hours. In addition, there is a weekend lockdown in all major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai. It is expected to continue till end of January.
Generally, business volumes are affected as weekend lockdowns have impacted demand in general.

Greater China Cluster
→ Area North continues to be heavily impacted with lockdowns in Xi’an and Tianjin, as per previous advisory issue. There is an impact to manufacturing activities in general:

  • Xi’an - Manufacturing running at minimum level (20 - 30% of normal capacity).
  • Tianjin - 20% of manufacturing and logistics activities were reported for both CW2 midweek. Beijing and Tianjin commute is completely shut down.

With the upcoming Winter Games, Beijing city will commence stringent traffic control on vehicles. The major impact is on land transportation in Beijing city, which may indirectly affect other modes. We will also be closely monitoring developments with potential impact coming from the Lunar New Year festive season in early February.

Southeast Asia Cluster
→ The upcoming Lunar New Year puts more pressure on the supply chains in Southeast Asia. It’s peak season for the warehouses and they operate at full capacity. We currently do not experience any operational disruptions due to COVID-19.

Northeast Asia Clusters situation is still being monitored.

While governmental imposed restrictions in APAC countries continue at varying levels, our service levels so far are maintained with our CL operations available to support customer needs. Delays may be expected due to availability of workforce and enforced hygiene and monitoring SOPs.

Should there be any specific account operational effects, updates will be provided to our DB Schenker Account Management teams where necessary. We recommend being in close contact with your DB Schenker Account Managers for any further details or further support if necessary.
→ For India, please refer to our India website for detailed information via download.
→ For most recent updates on Australia, please refer to our Australia website.
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  • Middle East/Africa 

(Jan 19, 2022) - All DB Schenker contract logistics facilities in MEA are operational as per the appropriate health and safety standards and other regulations levied by the local government.

  • Americas

(Jan 17, 2021) - Our warehouses continue to operate with precautionary measures in place for the health of our people and hence keeping up our customer services. At a country level, recent changes due to the Pandemic remain volatile hence we continue to closely monitor the situation daily.

→ USA: All operations in the USA remain operational with precautionary measures in place for the health of our people and delivery of services to our clients.
→ Mexico: COVID-19 numbers are still prevalent in Mexico. We are doing everything possible to minimize the impact to our personnel and facilities.
→ Canada: All Contract Logistics sites in Canada remain operational with health and safety measures in place for the safety of our associates and continued service.

DB Schenker Organizational Update

DB Schenker is closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments globally. In our locations across all continents, we have taken action to protect our employees, customers and business. Implementation of strict safety and hygiene measures, such as extended mobile office arrangements, continuation of common preventative / mitigation measures, various vaccination or test offers, is given. Depending on regionally deviating pandemic situation, adequate procedures are established and adjusted based on need to ensure the continuation of business.

The next customer advisory will be the February 2 release or earlier should there be significant developments. 

Thank you for your patience and support.
DB Schenker COVID-19 Customer Advisory Team

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We have used our utmost care in providing the information above. While the information above has been provided to the best of our knowledge and ability, the DB Schenker Group does not assume any liabilities arising from this information of the use thereof.