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Customer Advisory COVID-19 Global Update

April 27, 2022

Please find here the latest edition of our COVID-19 global customer advisory update.

The spread of the Omicron variant seems to decline in many countries indicating that an end of the pandemic might be on the horizon. However, while bans and regulations get lifted in Europe and the US, the focus pans over to China and its COVID-19 measures in a number of cities and regions (featured in today’s spotlight). We look forward to continue our update services as long as the global pandemic and its aftermaths may impact 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.

* For Ukraine Updates, please stay informed here: Ukraine Crisis Update | DB Schenker in Europe *

Executive Summary

Air Freight

  • The capacity impact from the ongoing war in Ukraine has stabilized.
  • New lockdown measures in Shanghai continue to bring challenges for import and export cargo.
  • Market rates are remaining extremely volatile.
  • China is facing extreme backlogs of import cargo in all major ports.
  • Hong Kong – China Border: All truck border crossings remain extremely challenging.
  • Some Chinese carriers have again started accepting temperature-controlled shipments from the US.
  • Flight operation services currently face disruptions according to the latest bans on air space and COVID-19 restrictions, hence adjustments to the flight schedule are unavoidable.

Ocean Freight

  • Global ocean market demand normalizes, however still expected to outperform new building capacity supply for 2022. Geopolitical situation in Ukraine and Russia as well as COVID-19 lockdown in main port Shanghai impacting the market negatively.
  • Continuously missing capacity in the carrier service set-up adds further negative impact to the supply, keeping the supply and demand delta imbalanced in favor of the supply. Carriers advise about effectively 15 - 20% less capacity available due to capacity being tied up through slow port productivity, congestion and other schedule delays.
  • Global carrier schedule reliability has improved to 34.4% and so has the average delay of vessel arrivals to now at 7.11 days.

Land Transport

  • Few restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are still established in some European countries, directly or indirectly affecting transportation. Spread of the Omicron variant is visible in many European countries, but most countries are softening measures and restrictions.
  • 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

  • Infections and respective governmental restrictions keep affecting businesses, especially in China.
  • We continue monitoring the status quo very closely and have respective BCP’s in place.
  • Next to servicing our customers, the well-being of our employees remains key priority.
  • To stay agile and responsive, we are proactively addressing labor management challenges by having a special task force and recruitment plans.
  • To keep our customers’ businesses running, we are in closest contact with all our customers and partners, offer short-term support and carry-on assisting with all conceivable warehousing services on short notice.

Fairs, Events and Special Logistics

  • The situation within the global exhibition industry has improved as most markets are open again.
  • Most authorities around the world are allowing exhibitions and business events to take place again, given certain preconditions and protective measures.
  • A recent flare-up of COVID-19 cases has led to show postponements and cancellations in China.
  • 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 tailor-made services.
  • For further information or questions, please contact us under dbschenkerfairs@dbschenker.com.

Global Market Updates

  • Market update and major operational impact in China East Area (including Shanghai): Business disruption: High impact on operations COVID-19 current state

→ Lockdown in Shanghai continues, all staff working from home. Kunshan lifted citywide lockdown; ‘closed loop management’ is required when enterprises resume operations.
→ Key industrial enterprises in Shanghai resume operations gradually, with ‘closed loop management’ in effect. So far there is no significant improvements in the transportation sector.

  • Impact on service operation

→ In general, all operations in lockdown cities are suspended. The traffic restriction measures released by the other regions in Area East are getting stricter and are adjusted frequently. All products (incl. precarriage, on-carriage, as well as domestic transport and international land bridge) are impacted and delays are expected.
→ Ocean: SHA Port is operating under reduced efficiency due to manpower shortage, with reefer plugs and dangerous goods storage space still constrained. Terminal warehouses resume operations gradually at reduced capacity. Cross-province trucking service remains bottle-necked.
→ Air: Highways connected with PVG airport have reopened gradually, and terminal operations resumes with ‘closed loop management’ in effect. Warehouses are full and severely constrained to receive any cargo, and truck resources are limited.
→ Land: Truck & driver resources have recovered slightly. Restriction policy published by local authorities differ from city to city. Market capacity in Kunshan, Suzhou and Wuxi constrained heavily.
→ CL: All the Warehouses in Shanghai and Kunshan resume operation with ‘closed loop management’ in effect, to support urgent pickup from customers.

  • Market updates and major operational impact in China South area (including Hong Kong SAR)

→ COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong SAR dropped significantly. Several areas locked down in Nanchang, with office staff working from home. Some logistics parks in Nanchang were closed, which impacted pickup and delivery.

  • Market updates and major operational impact in China North area

→ Most of the factories in Changchun and Jilin city resume operations from May 7 with COVID-19 control measures imposed. Overall productivity ramp up to 70 - 80%. Changchun staff continues to working from home.
→ DB Schenker office in Shenyang back to office work.
→ COVID-19 cases in Beijing continue to increase with some impact on public transportation resulting in temporary closure.
→ Beijing office switch to BCP from May 9; all staff working from home.

Should there be any specific account operational effects, updates will be provided to our DB Schenker Account Management teams where necessary. We recommend staying in close contact with your DB Schenker Account Managers for any further details or further support if necessary.

  • Global

(Apr 26, 2022) - The airfreight market and dynamics remain volatile and fragile due to the impact the COVID-19 policies and the ongoing war in the Ukraine.

Although the full lockdown in Shanghai and Puxie have been eased, the overall situation remains challenging.

All major ports in China are facing extreme backlogs of import cargo. Some of the ports are introducing penalties for airlines who are not able to clear import cargo within 48 hours from the tarmac. This results in many airlines cancelling flights or substantially reducing inbound capacity.

Around 600 factories have been granted permission to reopen, but the start of production is extremely slow due to the shortage of staff (closed loop conditions) and imported material which are stuck at the various ports due to the backlogs.

The border from China to Hong Kong is still closed. The Chinese authorities implemented a corridor which is in place mainly for relief goods and medical supplies. DB Schenker has managed to secure a daily allowance of 10 trucks to cross from China to Hong Kong. It is still highly recommended to use barge services as an alternative solution.

Jet fuel prices have reached the highest level since Apr 2011. Jet fuel price average for 2022 (year to date) as at $124.9 / bbl (US dollars per barrel). When peaking at the end of Mar, jet fuel prices were 128,5% more vs 1 year ago.

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

Flight Operation services currently face disruptions according to the latest bans on air space and COVID-19 restrictions, hence adjustments to the flight schedule are unavoidable.

→ 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; ETA on-forwarding destinations expected within 24 - 48 hours)
→ 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) – Munich (MUC)
→ 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)
→ Taipei (TPE) – Chicago (ORD)
→ Zhengzhou (CGO) – Frankfurt (HHN)
→ Zhengzhou (CGO) – Amsterdam (AMS)

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

  • Europe 

(Apr 26, 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 if there are implication by the war in Ukraine for more information.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Apr 26, 2022) - Further to the market situation update as highlighted within Global Air Freight section of this advisory, the following pertains to the operational situation in the APAC Regional Clusters:

General APAC Region SITREP

Greater China Cluster

China East area: As already highlighted in the Market Update Spotlight

China South area (including Hong Kong SAR):
→ Market volume to HKG reduced significantly, resulting in airlines out from Hong Kong reducing flight frequencies. Demand out from South China remains strong and capacity supply is limited. Airlines are fully booked until the end of the week. Delays are expected in transit time and volume might be impacted due to limited capacity.

China North area:
→ CGO airport area continues lockdown. There are some flight cancellations. Export operation is manageable and their backlog for import continues. Due to positive case reported in CGO airport, the operations in the airport is slowed down. There is some backlog for import operations.

Rest of Asia
→ No major operational changes or updates from previous advisory for ANZ and India Sub-continent clusters.
→ Staffing availability within the air freight and general transport sectors, including airport cargo terminal operations are contributing to the extended total transit time of freight.
→ COVID-19 situation in China resulting in city-wide lockdowns will likely cause a ripple effect on multiple trade lanes, as trucking and cargo handling capacities due to workforce availability are being impacted at major China hubs in Area South and East.
→ The ongoing war in Ukraine will also have a significant impact on capacity, operations, costs, due to sanctions imposed and compliance requirements.

No significant changes for South East Asia and North East Asia Cluster countries. For questions about local air freight operations and possible disruptions, please get in touch with your DB Schenker Account Manager.

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. In addition, the war in Ukraine will also be expected to have both a direct and indirect impact on operations and business in the near term, with trade compliance and sanctions coming into effect.

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.

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 

(Apr 27, 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 

(Apr 27, 2022) - Challenges continue for almost all trade lanes to and from the Americas. COVID-19 variant persists in effecting carrier operations, airport terminal cargo handling, and trucking services. The war in the Ukraine and its effects, along with the strong COVID-19 mitigation efforts in China all combine to create a difficult market environment for transport. USA airport terminals continue to be congested. Processing of cargo with some improvements in some gateways but still slow and hampered by long waiting times for pickup and delivery of cargo. This is less of a problem in Canada, and most of the Latin American countries. Notable exceptions in Latin America, being Brazil where Sao Paulo airports are effected by on-going customs strike, and terminal congestion that is creating delays effecting both imports and exports. As well in Mexico, where Mexico City airport terminals are congested due to cargo back logs related to carriers being weight restricted and having to leave cargo behind. This due to unseasonable high temperatures combined with airport altitude and take off requirements.

Specific to the USA, the market labor situation in hiring of personnel is still a challenge impacted by shortages related to the Omicron variant. The overall terminal warehouse congestion continues to be difficult and creating delays in processing cargo with resulting effects on transit times and on time performance. Shortage of truck drivers and long lines at airports for pick-up or delivery cargo has created further problems with no multiple stop deliveries by individual trucks possible with a need for a separate truck per airline due to waiting times. Relative to market capacity developments the trans-Atlantic & trans-Pacific trade-lanes remain in high demand, and now effected by carrier scheduled changes related to the conflict in Ukraine, and COVID-19 related lockdowns in China, which has resulted in flight cancelations into PVG and general disruption in transport movements throughout the country. Key trade lanes intra-Americas as well under stress due to high demand. DB Schenker charter operations are in heavy use, as our expansive ‘flight operations’ network covering routes trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific and intra-Americas, and is providing secure capacity for our customers, but as well effected on the trans-Pacific routes into China by the city lockdowns.

Americas exports by trade-lane:

USA – Europe
→ Market demand for airfreight capacity remains very strong. Demand started to increase in Q1 and continuing into Q2 with further challenges related to flight cancelations or re-routing of aircraft related to the war in Ukraine. DB Schenker has added additional charters and along with our substantial scheduled flight operations, is supporting our customer’s needs. Flight operations: Weekly 747 freighter flights from Chicago, Rockford, Indianapolis and Atlanta to Frankfurt, Munich and Luxemburg, offer DB Schenker customers a 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. Supporting India, there are connection with our flight operations via our European hub and their flight operations to destinations there.

USA – China Specific
→ Chinese governmental protocols for combating COVID-19 have led to city ‘shut downs’ that have caused flight cancelations into key destinations (PVG). Aside from the transit delays, airport terminals have become heavily congested at both origin and destination with materials for these closed destinations. As well where operations exist, reduced staffing at destinations affect the amount of cargo that can be processed resulting at times limitations of cargo on board flights. Loss of carrier capacity relative to the war in Ukraine is impacting the trade lane in general, as is limitations (COVID-19 related) in cross-border movements to and from HKG, and other RFS (road feeder) services between airports. DB Schenker as part of its own controlled flight network has 747 freighter flights from ORD / RFD to China, but these have been impacted as well by the ‘lock down’ situation.

USA – Latin Am / Latin Am to Europe and APAC
→ Intra-Americas: Capacity is in strong demand, but with some easing of backlogs. Challenges related to freighter carriers schedule fluctuations continue but are improving. Passenger aircraft movements as well slowly growing supporting capacity demand. On the critical Miami to Sao Paulo trade lane, DB Schenker is maintaining weekly DB Schenker controlled flight operations from ORD to GRU, as well as from MIA to VCP. Airport terminals in general operating relatively well with transitioning cargo, but with congestion causing some delays in receiving and delivery at airport terminals. Specific to Brazil, where Sao Paulo is affected by a customs strike, heavy delays occur if any irregularities are encountered at the times of customs processing.

→ Latin Am Exports: North American, intra-Americas and European destination capacity continue tight. Destinations in China and India, continue as well to be a challenge. Brazil is reporting market backlogs to all regions, as well as severe delays in delivering cargo to heavily congested terminals in Sao Paulo, resulting in missed bookings, and transit delays. In Mexico, Mexico City exports are affected by reduced payloads on flights due to a continuing heat wave, aircrafts forced to load less cargo, creating backlogs and transit delays. Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Central American origins with continuing strong export demand vs available capacity.

USA / Latin Am to Middle East / Africa
→ South Africa with continued strong market demand and shortage of capacity, but with our flight operation network offering connections via our European hub.

  • Global

(Apr 26, 2022) - The war in Ukraine and the lockdown in the largest port Shanghai / China continue to affect the market. The forecasted market demand has been adjusted downwards from plus 5.9% to 4.9% while the newbuilding capacity will increase from initially 4.1 to 4.2%. In line with this adjusted outlook, global container trade grew by plus 4.7% in Jan 2022. Trades ex Asia Pacific grew fastest in relative terms, while the US accounted for the largest year-on-year change in import volumes. Dominating commodities have been raw materials and consumer goods. Strongest trades: Asia to Europe at a plus 22%, Asia to Latam plus 16%, Asia to North America plus 8%, exports Asia to Middle East / Africa plus 9% and finally Intra Asia plus 6%. Weakest trades have been all trades outbound North America as well as outbound Europe, especially to the Eastern Hemisphere.

As in 2021, the scheduled new building capacity will effectively decrease due to continuous port congestion as well as natural delays from the shipping yard.

Idle capacity stays very low with around 0.8%. Current utilization levels ex Asia are around 90%, however this has caused spot rates to come down since Lunar New Year, long-term rate level hold up. Overall, the current spot level is still significantly higher than pre-COVID-19 rate levels. It is expected that the lockdown situation in Central China will ease during May. We will then see bottlenecks on equipment supply as a consequence. It is furthermore expected that a peak season ex Asia might kick in earlier than past years as shippers had massive problems to get equipment and space in time for last years peak. This cargo rush then will result again into rising costs for transportation.

SCFI development, selected main trades over 12, 24 months graphic

Overall for all main trades, market rates are expected to stay high. Carriers focus on FAK and Premium segments and continue to play the market to their advantage.

Additional cost impact comes from a significant rise of fuel prices which will find its reflection in the rates with effect from April.

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.

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

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

(Apr 26, 2022) - All European Ocean Freight Branches are fully functioning operationally.

  • Asia Pacific 

(Apr 26, 2022) - Further to the market situation update as highlighted within Global Ocean Freight section of this advisory, the following pertains to the operational situation in the APAC Regional Clusters:

General APAC Region SITREP

Greater China Cluster

China East Area (including Shanghai): As already highlighted in Market Update Spotlight

China South area (including Hong Kong SAR): Shekou Port change gate-in policy to ETD minus 4 days. All satellite warehouse (incl. Zhongshan), Huizhou warehouse. SZX Ocean LCL warehouse Lihang has recovered back to 40% production capacity.

China North area: In land pickup / delivery in Changchun, Jilin, Langfang, Weihai and Weifang are still restricted.

Rest of Asia
→ No major operational changes or updates from previous advisory on COVID-19 impact for ANZ and India Sub-continent Clusters.
→ There are still service disruptions to the local ocean freight market including terminal congestion and competition to secure vehicle booking slots.
→ COVID-19 situation in China resulting in city wide lockdowns will have a ripple effect on multiple trade lanes, as trucking and cargo handling capacities due to workforce availability are being impacted at major China ports in Area South and East.
→ The ongoing war in Ukraine will also have a significant impact on capacity, operations, costs, due to mode conversions from Air and Land, as well as from sanctions imposed and compliance requirements.

No major updates for South East Asia and North East Asia Cluster countries.

Equipment shortage continues to put pressure on the ocean freight operations. Alternative, multimodal, options are available to circumvent. Speak with your DB Schenker contact person about the options available. COVID-19 variants still pose a clear and present risk for operational disruptions in our network. DB Schenker’s 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. In addition, the war in Ukraine will also be expected to have both direct and indirect impact on operations and business in the near term, with trade compliance and sanctions coming into effect.

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 

(Apr 27, 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 

(Apr 13, 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

(Apr 26, 2022) - Europe Land is fully operational and available for business, managing few 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 Southeast 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 

(Apr 26, 2022) - Few restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are still established in some European countries, directly or indirectly affecting transportation. Spread of the Omicron variant is visible in many European countries, but most countries are softening measures and restrictions 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.

Find the latest European Land Transport updates here.

Europe Land Transport Heatmap Graphic

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.

  • Asia Pacific 

Eurasia rail service will continue to be provided

DB Schenker has aligned with all Chinese train operators and overseas carriers, that CR Express will continue to provide Eurasia rail service. The service booked with DB Schenker, through below routes currently are running as usual, and future schedule has been published.

→ Departure situation: No delay in general
→ Booking closed: WB for week 16 / EB for week 16

Equipment shortage has relieved somewhat. Current equipment situation by region:

→ East China region: Low shortage risk
→ North China region: Low shortage risk
→ South China region: Low shortage risk

Terminal / depot situation in Europe, like Duisburg and Hamburg are still crowded with laden / empty containers. The backlogs are under cleared on a daily basis.

Others - Impact of epidemic on traffic in Shanghai and its nearby cities (4th update):

Shanghai imposed staggered lockdown amid COVID-19 resurgence. The COVID-19 cases in Shanghai are still high. The city lockdown has been in lockdown for over half a month. On Apr 18, the government issued a guideline for orderly resumption of work, those manufacturing enterprises would be considered priority in the resumption list, like autos, electronics, etc.. Just a few vehicles with special permit are allowed in / out cities.

→ Pre | On carriage service in Shanghai
→ LTL / LCL service are suspended
→ FTL / FCL service need to be checked case by case
→ CFS operating: The CFS hub in Shanghai is closed during its lockdown period

The temporary solution is to switch the consolidation hub from Shanghai to other cities.

→ Empty Release / Return: Starting from Apr 8, container depots in Shanghai are partially opened with a time limit.

Asia Landbridge: Emergency News

→ Due to continued new COVID-19 case detected in Dongxing city, 63 days temporary closure with the mandatory stay-at-home quarantine notice for Dongxing city has again extended from Feb 24 until Apr 27.
→ Pingxiang city lockdown has been lifted with requirement of mandatory negative COVID-19 test result with 24 hours validity prior to entering into Pingxiang city.
→ For current stranded 500+ trucks in Pingxiang, with the recent reduced of switch of prime mover SOP process in the Pingxiang road border, the throughput capacity has improved from 30 to 80 trucks per day into Vietnam Huu Nghi border.
→ Throughput from Vietnam into China via Pingxiang road has been slightly improved from 5 to 20 trucks per day.
→ Lockdown of Shanghai city will be lifted in batches and by neighborhood until COVID-19 cases are under control. Announcements are also made of major companies that have been prioritized to resume operations in their manufacturing facilities.

Other Updates:

→ Southbound PingXiang border leadtime processing is at least 30 days with 500+ trucks stranded at PingXiang border.
→ Northbound Pingxiang border leadtime processing is at least 50 days with about 500+ trucks stranded at Vietnam parking yard.
→ Import and export challenges and truck-driver limitations along with mandatory COVID-19 negative results with validity of 24 hours from both checkpoints are observed at HK - CN and CN - HK lanes due to the rising COVID-19 cases from HKG.
→ Apr 1 and onwards: Fully vaccinated Malaysia drivers can enter into Singapore via Tuas or Woodlands without 48 hours Covid test result anymore.
→ Roadban notice for Malaysia: On the upcoming long Labour Day + Hari Raya holidays (May 1 until May 4) in Malaysia, 5-days road ban notice is released for all Malaysia container truck drivers on usual Landbridge express highway on Apr 30, May 1, May 2, May 7, May 8, 00:00-08:00.

Border Gateway observations

Border Gateway observations
Myanmar – Fuel Control : Situation Notes (translated from online news)

Due to the controlling of dollar for import, starting from 5 Apr: Starting from Apr 19, Cars are queuing for fuel in Yangon. Petrol stations have been selling fuel on a quota basis from 20,000 kyat per car to 50,000 kyat per car.

Currently there is no import of fuel into Myanmar.

Major impact is expected to affect cities outside Yangon.

General APAC Region SITREP

Greater China Cluster

China East Area (including Shanghai): As already highlighted in Market Update Spotlight

China South area (including Hong Kong SAR): Pingxiang border is opened with low capacity. Daily quota of around 50 trucks mainly to resolve backlog. There are around 600+ backlog trucks in Pingxiang city. New shuttle transportation mode is still conducted at borders, with priority on resolving backlog.

Same situation in Dongxing border, it will re-open on Apr 26 with priority on resolving backlog since there are around 700 backlog trucks estimated.

China North area: Only vehicles used for pandemic control measures, emergency medical services, security, urban operation and emergency response are permitted on the roads in lockdown cities after obtaining official approval. Trucks and drivers from above mentioned lockdown cities are not allowed to enter Beijing.

Rest of Asia
→ No major changes from previous updates for ANZ and India Sub-continent Clusters. Temporary strains may persists on staffing resources. Though COVID-19 containment measures are easing, and operations are running smoothly for PAN India.
→ The ongoing war in Ukraine will also have a significant impact on capacity, operations, costs, due to mode conversions from Air, as well as from sanctions imposed and compliance requirements.

No major updates for South East Asia and North East Asia Cluster countries.

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. In addition, the war in Ukraine will also be expected to have both direct and indirect impact on operations and business in the near term, with trade compliance and sanctions coming into effect.

  • Middle East/Africa 

(Apr 27, 2022) - The overall disruptions in the global supply chain have particularly impacted trucking companies in the region - for example, with the border closure, restriction of drivers, and increase in the fuel price. Such situations have created a supply / demand imbalance leading to price fluctuation. DB Schenker is continuously working to meet customer needs by adding more capacity and offering cost-effective multimodal solutions which provide a faster transit time. For more information on our specific solutions for your business, please get in touch with us at info.mea@dbschenker.com.

South Africa: Port of Durban remains impacted with limited movement due to the flooding at Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries, expect delays for cross-border and road freight due to protests and forecasted landslides. Additionally, the cost of fuel has increased drastically in the country due to the situation in Ukraine.

Egypt: Chamber of Commerce's Currency Exchange Department reported an increase in dollar sales, pushing up the cost of spare parts and tires, oil lubricants, as well as driver compensation.

Saudi Arabia: The government has revised regulations on truckage leading to a reduction in truck availability.

  • Americas

(Apr 25, 2022) -
→ USA: Carriers are operating as normal. There is very little impact to customers.

  • Global

(Apr 27, 2022) - While situation stays volatile, especially in China, we see decreasing restrictions in Europe, Americas and MEA. Our operations and customer services remain stable, there is no change in monitoring the situation in all regions very closely to remain agile.

We continue prioritizing the protection of our staff and having dedicated labor management to keep our customers’ businesses running. So do we continue to focus on dedicated guidelines and preventive measures, with respective and individual BCP’s in place. 

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

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

  • Europe

(Apr 26, 2022) - All sites in our operations in Europe currently remain fully operational with precautionary measures in place for the health of workers.

  • Asia Pacific

(Apr 26, 2022) - The following pertains to the operational situation in the APAC Regional Clusters:

General APAC Region SITREP

Greater China Cluster

China East Area (including Shanghai): As already highlighted in Market Updates Spotlight

China South area (including Hong Kong SAR): All sites operate as normal. Operations in HKG are close to normal productivity in all sites.

China North area: Some warehouses in lockdown areas resume operation with ‘closed loop management’ measures in effect to support urgent pickup from customers.

Rest of Asia

→ There are no major changes from previous updates. Temporary strains on staffing resources might persist for ANZ.
→ Operations at our sites for India Sub-continent Cluster is running smoothly, ensuring all COVID-19 safety protocols, sanitization, and hygiene of areas.

No major updates for operations in South East Asia and North East Asia Cluster countries.

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. In addition, the war in Ukraine will also be expected to have both direct and indirect impact on operations and business in the near term, with trade compliance and sanctions coming into effect.

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 prevailing customer needs, in compliance with local regulatory requirements. 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 

(Apr 27, 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

(Apr 27, 2022) -

→ 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 are stabilizing although we continue to closely monitor the situation daily. Mask mandates are reduced / eliminated depending on local / country legislation.
→ 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. We see minimal business disruptions as a result of COVID-19 absenteeism at this stage, but we caution, and precautionary measures remain in place.
→ Mexico: All Contract Logistics sites in Mexico remain operational. COVID-19 numbers are normalizing hence now have a low absenteeism rate and yet we are doing as much as 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 customers. Measures / restrictions have eased based on federal mandates. All sites remain operational, compliant, and managing labor constraints effectively.
→ Brazil: All Contract Logistics sites remain operational in Brazil. Measures to reduce the risk of contamination continue to be the standard while adhering to public and company health and safety measures.

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 May 11, 2022 release or earlier should there be significant developments. 

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

Customer Advisory


COVID-19 Customer Advisory Global Update – April 13, 2022

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