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Customer Advisory COVID-19 Global Update

September 29, 2021

Please find here the latest edition of our COVID-19 global customer advisory update. Thanks to growing vaccination coverage parts of the world continue to move 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, provoking countermeasures with significant impact on lives and businesses.

While improving, we expect 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.

Please continue to be engaged with your DB Schenker Account Managers on your latest plans, prices and projections. They will invest the utmost effort to support your business with corresponding solutions.

Executive Summary

Air Freight

  • Moving into peak season, capacity access is already critical and it is expected to become even more challenging due to the annual peak season in Q4. Market volumes increased further as demand continues to remain strong throughout the summer season while capacity remains limited.
  • Major airfreight freighter operators are preparing for the peak season by carrying out key maintenance checks to ensure aircrafts are available during Q4 / 2021 as demand is expected to further increase in the coming months based on industry forecasts.
  • The mode shift from ocean to air is adding continuous pressure to the congested market situation. This has led, particularly in North America, to significant increases in market volumes during the first half of 2021 with a further volume surge expected during the peak season.
  • The ground handling situation in China is in a critical stage as major air cargo flights are either arriving or departing empty due to stringent COVID-19 regulations which are impacting the turnaround times of the flights. In addition, the ground handling situation in the US market has recently deteriorated, leading to delays to drop of cargo at ground handlers and in the turnaround time of import freight. The situation is not expected to significantly improve in the coming months. The expiry of the government regulations in the US effective Oct. 1 is assumed to lead to an improvement of the ground handlers work force situation.

Ocean Freight

  • 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 year, despite massive equipment on hire activities by the carriers.
  • Volume pressure ex APAC to all destinations remains strong for the reminder of 2021; growth outlook for 2022 in the range of 5 to 6% with positive growth on all lanes. Market volumes ex Europe remain strong as well, especially to the Americas. Market rates in all main trades have climbed further upwards and are expected to continue to move up.
  • Global carrier schedule reliability down to an all-time low of 33.6% and average delay of vessel arrivals of 7.6 days.

Land Transport

  • Some restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are still established in some European countries, directly or indirectly affecting transportation. However, the trend towards lower restriction levels continues 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.

Contract Logistics

  • Global conditions remain volatile.
  • APAC region is stabilizing.
  • Our operations and respective customer services remain stable.
  • No change in continuing to closely monitor the situation in all countries.
  • We are still prioritizing protection and diversified support of our staff and keeping our customers’ businesses running.
  • Hence respective BCP’s and preventive measures are in place and being monitored around the world.
  • We carry on supporting our customers on short notice with all conceivable warehousing services, including opportunities to book short-term space.
  • To support COVID-19 vaccination, medical centers, respective treatments and preventive measures, we support with handling of medical devices and PPE worldwide.

Fairs, Events and Special Logistics

  • The situation within the global exhibition industry has improved significantly as more and more travel restrictions continue to be eased.
  • Asia Pacific remains the region with most restrictions while Europe is entirely back to business with only Latvia and Luxembourg remaining closed.
  • German organizers to organize 56 trade fairs of international / national significance by the end of this year.
  • Most sport events do take 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.
  • For further information or questions, please contact us under dbschenkerfairs@dbschenker.com.

Global Market Updates

The market demand for air capacity remains strong as we are heading forward. For the time being, Europe remains the largest exporter of COVID-19 vaccines from a demand perspective, Western Hemisphere as well as certain countries like Israel announced and started the third vaccination campaign for the elderly from August 2021.

With the increasing number of emergency approvals and the planned production capacity (from 12.9 billion doses to 42.2 billion doses – as per UNICEF), we do observe an increase of COVID-19 vaccine production which will require increased distribution capacity. The situation in China also exacerbates the overall tension on the available capacity in the market. Countries that are today already involved in the healthcare sector are also highly involved in this increase in demand. This is a combination of either ingredients required to produce the vaccine or the finished vaccine itself.

Vaccine supply to the southern hemisphere is slowly showing some traction with humanitarian programs such as COVAX, GAVI or HOPE, however still at a much slower pace than expected. Even though shipments are limited, logistics challenges are far greater than in more developed countries as destinations are more difficult to reach due to extremely limited cargo capacity.

All supply chain partners will be required to closely collaborate to support the distribution and mitigate potential negative impacts or disruptions through the end-to-end transportation.

For successful distribution, storage, repacking, and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine, additional medical supplies are needed – including needles, syringes, alcohol prep pads, surgical masks and face shields, gloves, mixing kits and additional PPE. Being part of our integrated end-to-end healthcare services DB SCHENKERlife+ with licensed and regulated facilities, alongside dedicated and qualified staff, we offer all conceivable warehousing services to handle medical devices and PPE, while supporting respectively institutions and industries globally.

  • Global

(Sep 28, 2021) – The airfreight market and dynamics are accelerating again 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. Therefore, the market congestion has slightly eased through the lifted travel restrictions to and from the US, while carriers have started introducing planes back into service. The dependency on airfreight freighter operators and flights therefore remains high with no major increase in PAX flights into Q4 / 2021. The outlook remains challenging to manage the additional seasonal increase in volumes without having to largely utilize high yield-based passenger freighters and cargo flights from commercial airlines, while prices have recently surged, with no indication to return to previous known levels. Considering the already maxed out utilization of freighter aircraft currently placed in service.

Freighter aircraft operators have already started to conduct the required maintenance checks, expecting a return to service in support of peak season volumes.

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. This is adding pressure to the existing market imbalance of supply vs demand with no improvement in sight as the market is already in peak season. Facing the container vessel situation on the transpacific, combined with slow harbor servicing, transpacific volumes are expected to surge.

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 has 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.

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

→  Fueled with SAF: Frankfurt (FRA) – Shanghai (PVG) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→  Beijing (PEK) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→  Chicago (ORD / RFD) – Seoul (ICN) – Shanghai (PVG) – Chicago (RFD)
→  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 (ORD)
→  Hongkong (HKG) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→  Hongkong (HKG) – Los Angeles (LAX)
→  Liege (LGG) – Shanghai (PVG) – Luxembourg (LUX) (Note: This includes trucking to/from CGO-PVG / PVG-CGO)
→  Luxembourg (LUX) – Indianapolis (IND) – Luxembourg (LUX)
→  Munich (MUC) – Chennai (MAA) – Munich (MUC) – Chicago (RFD)
→  Shanghai (PVG) – Chicago (ORD)
→  Shanghai (PVG) – Frankfurt (FRA)
→  Shanghai (PVG) – Singapore (SIN) – Sydney (SYD)
→  Zhengzhou (CGO) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→  Zhengzhou (CGO) – Amsterdam (AMS)

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

  • Europe 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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.
→ Please get in touch with your DB Schenker Account Manager for more information.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Sep 28, 2021) - Apart from China, there is no reported impact on operations due to COVID-19, with status largely remaining unchanged.

We continue to closely monitor all countries in the region, with particular attention on China.

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Spotlight: Greater China Update

There has been no change in the situation status following the stringent containment measures instituted by the authorities in Shanghai’s Pudong Airport (PVG). Backlog of cargo at PVG continues to be an issue.

The next two weeks will be challenging with the start of Q4 and Golden Week holidays.

Capacity & Operations situation (as of Sep 28):
→ Flight cancellations may be expected from airlines. Cargo will be collected only upon confirmed uplift.
→ Due to situation in CN, prices are expected to rise rest of Asia.

As the situation evolves quickly, updates will be provided to our account management teams on a frequent basis. We recommend being in close contact with your DB Schenker Account Managers for any further details.

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Delays are expected. Our priority is still focused on the health and safety of our workforce, while mitigating the operational impact where feasible. This underscores the continued risk on operations and the vigilance necessary to cope with the ever-present COVID-19 situation.

Our air freight operations remain available to support customer needs. Control measures remain in effect. Delays may be expected in customs clearance and transportation. 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. We remain vigilant in monitoring the situation to mitigate events with potential impact to operations. 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 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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 

(Sep 28, 2021) - Approaching the 4th quarter, the anticipated strong ‘peak-season’ has manifested itself early. Carrier capacity which has been problematic for most of the year on most trade-lanes, is being further impacted by strong market demand and airport terminal situations that have become more challenging. Specific to the US market, airport terminals remain congested, suffering from a continued lack of personnel; a slowdown of processes on the export side related to IACO security scanning requirements that went into effect in July and volume movements higher than that found pre-pandemic. Imported cargo being slow to be released and export cargo often delayed in being received. The general labor shortage found in various sectors of the US economy fully affects transport logistics. Specific to the transpacific trade-lane, challenges with Chinese airport terminals, and most importantly in Shanghai, have created market cargo backlogs with imports as well as exports.

With continued volatility in available capacity in the market, and challenges at the airport terminals, DB Schenker’s own controlled flight network both transatlantic and transpacific is providing secure space for our customers. Our airport-based offices are providing the necessary coordination to provide the fastest transition of cargo possible. Our Rockford (RFD) gateway is supporting our flight operations into the mid-west / Chicago area and providing an excellent alternative. DB Schenker is now in a newly constructed RFD airport facility ‘ramp’ side to the aircraft with 30,000 sqft (2.800 m2) of warehouse space. This is to be expanded with 100,000 sqft targeted for 2022: DB Schenker’s further investment and commitment in its own flight operations network.

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. These freighter flights offer DB Schenker customers a stable and secure access to capacity in what continues to be a volatile market situation.

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 747 freighter flight operations two times per week from ORD / RFD to Korea (ICN), that continues on to China (HKG) as alternate for PVG during current market situation. DB Schenker is as well adding ad-hoc charters to Australia and Singapore to support customer demand for capacity.

USA – Asia (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 reduced 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 maintains 747 freighter flights from ORD / RFD. Use of HKG for landings has substituted for PVG, during the current terminal difficulties at that airport. The flight operations occur twice per week. DB Schenker has devised alternate airport transit options as an alternative to bypass destinations with the greatest challenges and has introduced ad-hoc charters where and when needed.

USA – Latin Am / Latin Am to Europe and APAC

→ Intra-Americas: Capacity is in strong demand, with market backlogs effecting all major origins & destinations. Challenges related to freighter carriers schedule fluctuations continue. On the critical Miami to Sao Paulo trade-lane, DB Schenker has introduced flight operations from ORD to GRU, as well as from MIA to VCP. Passenger flights continuing to be well below pre-COVID-19 levels. This situation is affecting all transit between North & South America as well as Central America.

→ Latin Am Exports: North American and European destination capacity is tight with the markets 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

(Sep 28, 2021) – Global trade remains very strong, this is valid in particular for all trades ex and within Asia Pacific as well as all trades bound for the Americas. All trades are expected to grow positively during 2021.

Forecasted container trade growth Graphic

At the same time, the idle capacity remains almost nonexistent (currently at 0.8%) and almost all capacity has been into the trades already. Overall, the supply side remains limited to some 3% which leaves a huge delta between market supply and market demand and thus leads to a high-rate environment. This trend is expected to continue in 2022. After having dealt with the ripples of the Suez blockage, the situation around the COVID-19 cases in Ningbo (earlier in Yantian) plus the missing infrastructure in the ports tighten the bottleneck on equipment and have a significant impact on the maritime schedules. Schedules in the main trades remain disrupted and reflect an ongoing capacity reduction of up to 25% weekly, through slid sailings, port omissions and other schedule recovery measures. The trades affected most are Asia to North America, Asia to Europe and vice versa, but also Europe to NORAM. There is no relief in sight for the next months.

Capacity Deployment over the next 10 weeks

Due to ongoing peak season, vessel utilization remains very high, with roll over status in all main trades ex Asia. Also exports to Europe into the Western hemisphere (TA westbound as well as destination LATAM) continue very strong. The inconsistent capacity provision leads to all time low schedule reliability, globally at 35.6% and average Global late vessel arrival of 7.6 days.

The rate situation remains tense in the market. All main trades continue to show record rate levels, further increases are expected during the course of Q4.

Global Trade Management

The exceptional utilizations of the vessels expected to last at least until Golden Week in October; some trades report already a strong outlook until Lunar New Year in 2022.

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).

Import free time in all markets has been generally cut to zero since the beginning of the year. The current circumstances make it very important for our customers to plan volume forecast (we advise 4 to 8 weeks in advance) and be flexible to re-route cargo (for congested destinations). Please expect the situation on all trades to remain subject to continuous changes.

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

(Sep 29, 2021) - All European Ocean Freight Branches are fully functioning operationally.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Sep 28, 2021) - Notwithstanding the market situation as highlighted within Global Ocean Freight section, there are no significant COVID-19 impacted operations as status remains unchanged.

We continue to closely monitor all countries in the region, with particular attention on China.

→ The next two weeks will be challenging with the start of Q4 and Golden Week holidays.
→ Do reach out to your DB Schenker Account Managers should you require further details.

Some delays may be expected. Our priority is still focused on the health and safety of our workforce, while mitigating the operational impact where feasible. This underscores the continued risk on operations and the vigilance necessary to cope with the ever-present COVID-19 situation.

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 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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 

(Sep 14, 2021) - 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

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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. 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.

Are you up-scaling or down-scaling your business activity in response to the changing market environment? DB Schenker Land Transport is your partner with one of the strongest and most resilient networks across 40 countries in Europe. Moreover, with our digital channels like connect4Land we offer a 24/7 entry point to our transport services, easy to use from everywhere, every time – Click. Ship. Done.

Europe Land Transport Heatmap Graphic

  • Asia Pacific 

(Sep 29, 2021) - Our Domestic Land product continues unabated to provide our regular high level of service. The situation in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and other APAC countries is being monitored closely as the local situations could lead to delays.

Our Asia Landbridge FTL / LTL road service is generally running to schedule.

Border Gateway observations

City lockdown observations

Border congestion due to high market demand may add between 1 and 3 days to Asia Landbridge. A global demand for containers due to Ocean and Air capacity constraints continues to put significant pressure on road assets across the region. DB Schenker staff at Asia Landbridge border offices continue to ensure lead-times are minimized and service levels maintained through “triage” prioritization. Additional labor and associated domicile costs are still required to strategically avoid lengthy quarantine periods for our international drivers. Our Domestic and International Land services continue to meet the high market demand and are strategically positioned to meet the forecast demand spike associated with ongoing reduced Ocean freight and Airfreight capacity. However, customers are strongly urged to coordinate any volume spikes with their DB Schenker Account Manager as early as possible.

Congestion levels continue to fluctuate on our Eurasia service for Rail and Road. Please refer to table 1.

Low < 3 days, Medium > 3 days, High > 5 days Forecast transit time (CY - CY) westbound is 25 - 50 days and eastbound 25 - 35 days.
Table showing the Westbound ETD delay and border congestion delay risks

CN / KZ, CN / MN, CN / RU congestion > 7 days

Brest / Mala congestion range 7 - 10 days

Westbound container stocks remain low and are contributing to delays.

Xi’an’s EB booking for sanitary goods & Shanxi Province deliveries may incur additional 3 - 7 days due to inspection.

Additional costs relating to disinfecting cargo will be imposed upon the relevant freight payer or consignee for all eastbound shipments

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

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  • Middle East/Africa 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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

(Sep 14, 2021)

→ USA: Fully operational.
→ Brazil: Market is running in normal conditions. Border between Brazil and other Countries working in a reduced period of time with some restriction. Commercial activities are working normally.
→ Canada: COVID-19 cases are on the rise over the last 2 weeks. Most provinces maintain moderate restrictions, with some going to a vaccine passport program. No carrier restrictions – capacity remains tight on LTL – particularly to / from western Canada.
→ Argentina: Commercial activities are working normally.
→ Chile: Ports and warehouse near ports working over their 150% capability. This situation continues to escalate since March 2021.
→ Mexico: Fully operational. COVID-19 cases in Mexico continue to rise.

  • Global

(Sep 29, 2021) – While noticing different governmental restrictions especially in the APAC region, our operations and customer services remain stable worldwide. We continue monitoring the situation in all regions very closely and persist in prioritizing the protection of our staff and keeping our customers’ businesses running. Therefore, we focus on dedicated guidelines and preventive measures, e.g. social distancing, wearing masks, temperature control, sanitizing stations, enhanced cleaning on site, having office-based staff working remotely and respective controlling of health and safety regulations.

With our global healthcare quality framework, including regional and local competence centers, we support companies and institutions around the globe with handling of PPE and medical devices, to support successful distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

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

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

  • Europe

(Sep 29, 2021) - All sites in our operations in Europe currently remain fully operational with precautionary measures in place for the health of workers.

  • Asia Pacific

(Sep 28, 2021) - There is no significant change in operational status for APAC countries generally from previous updates.

The situation in most countries is stabilizing. We continue to closely monitor all countries in the region, with particular attention on China.

→ Greater China update: There is no significant impact so far on Contract Logistics. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
→  The next two weeks will be challenging with the start of Q4 and Golden Week holidays.

Our priority is still focused on the health and safety of our workforce, while mitigating the operational impact where feasible. This underscores the continued risk on operations and the vigilance necessary to cope with the ever-present COVID-19 situation.

We remain vigilant in monitoring the situation, to mitigate events with potential impact to operations.

→ 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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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 enhanced strictly enforced hygiene and monitoring SOPs. Customers may contact the respective DB Schenker representatives for further support if necessary.

  • Middle East/Africa 

(Sep 29, 2021) - 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

(Sep 14, 2021) - Our warehouses continue to operate with precautionary measures in place for the health of our people and hence keeping up our customer services.

→ 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. There is now countrywide vaccine availability to help stop the spread in the USA.
→ 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 situation. With precautionary measures in place, we are aiming to maintain full operability across all DB Schenker operations. In our offices across all continents, we have taken action to enable as many employees as possible to work from home to support the social distancing guidelines put in place by public authorities.

The next customer advisory will be the October 13 release or earlier should there be significant developments. Visit our website in advance to be among the first informed.

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

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.