(Apr 6, 2020) - Restrictions across and in many countries are further increasing. The governments of Singapore and Dubai just took additional measures to fight Corona-infections. The airfreight market has shown no impact yet as the supply of goods remains critical at this time. Airfreight carriers are introducing further passenger cargo flights supporting to keep goods moving across the global supply chains. COVID-19 has yet led to a significant change in supply and a total global capacity decline of ~35% year-on-year and as much as ~50% decline on the Transatlantic trade. This decline in capacity is not a challenge of one specific region or country, but a global challenge caused in the drastic decline of international passenger flights and passenger demand.
What we have done to support you:
Our console charter flight schedule now includes the following flight operations:
➢ Europe – China – Europe: 3 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Hongkong – Europe: 2 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ China – USA: 3 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Europe – USA – Europe: 3 flights per week (MD11F and B747-400F)
➢ USA – Australia: 1 flight per week (B777F)
➢ Europe – India – Europe: 1 flight per week (B747-400F)
Further additional flights are being worked on to increase the console charter flight operations within the next two weeks in critical markets to support your supply chains and demand. Please contact your account manager or local DB Schenker teams for further details.
(Apr 06, 2020) - All offices remain in full operation with access to terminal handling and ground transportation. All our European hubs deliver import and receive export freight with no backlogs recorded over the weekend. Operationally, our linehauls to and from the hubs remain on time. In some areas, our cross-border trucks still experience delays.
Especially demand for China imports remain at an all-time high, mainly due to very strong demands in medical supplies, protective gears and face masks which DB Schenker continues to support with the utmost priority.
(Apr 06, 2020) - There are no significant updates in status from the previous advisory.
An increasing number of countries in Asia are implementing lockdowns (or extending existing) in their respective countries, causing more constraints and limitation in manufacturing and movement of goods.
While some airlines have injected Pax flights capacity into the market, these are still insufficient to cater to the market demands.
Charter request continues to be high with strong demands also for the purpose for medical supplies, PPE, etc., which DB Schenker continues to support.
(Apr 02, 2020) - For India, airfreight operations remain accessible for both import and export activities, including customs clearance. However, capacity remains constrained at less than 30%. We have put in place charter programs planned for April 2020. Do get in touch with your Account Managers for further details.
Congestion at airports continue to be a concern in view of possible damages and difficulty in locating cargo due to capacity utilization above 100%. We recommend customers to move cargo to transit warehouse or request for warehouse in factory (where possible) to be opened to accept cargo. We will continue to witness delays of up to 1-2 days in clearance and transportation across both air import and export shipments.
(Apr 06, 2020) – With effect from April 6, Emirates Airlines will start outbound passenger service from the UAE on selected routes. Initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels, with four flights a week to London Heathrow, and three flights a week to the other cities. The airline will also carry belly-hold cargo in both directions.
(Apr 02, 2020) – Belly capacity constraints remain as passenger services continue to be suspended in many other MEA countries. But, DB Schenker in the region can manage the current demand with available cargo capacity. Please note, airlines have withdrawn the contract rates until the situation resumes back to normal.
(Apr 02, 2020) – In addition to inbound / outbound freighters, airlines are now introducing passenger-cargo flights to support the current market demand. Please get in touch with your Account Manager for more details.
Overall, our air freight operations in the countries remain uninterrupted as we continue to serve customers. In many countries, logistics and supply chains are considered business critical. Therefore, our services do not cease during lockdowns.
(Apr 06, 2020) - USA - China
➢ Capacity and market demand continue favorable. New China restrictions on PAX carriers are not impacting the USA exports significantly due to abundance inbound Freighter flights that provide capacity on the return leg. Rates remain above pre-COVID-19 levels however no exceptional highs. No major backlogs.
(Apr 06, 2020) - USA to Asia (excluding China)
➢ TH, KR, SG, and JP tight with some backlogs.
➢ USA to IN, OZ and AU critical. Passenger services have been suspended for the most part with freighter operations at capacity with some backlogs reported at transit hubs. Pricing at a premium.
(Apr 06, 2020) - USA - Europe
➢ Market demand is moderate to strong. Going into April, the impact of the continuing cutback in passenger capacity is having its expected effects.
➢ We are making full use of our alternative capacity on the freighter flight operations 3 x week ex. ORD and ATL to FRA.
(Apr 06, 2020) - USA - Latin America / Latin America to Europe & APAC
➢ Passenger services have become significantly reduced as in the other tradelanes after governmental ordered quarantines, and restrictions on foreign entry have been put in place. Import demand to Latin America, is down and freighter capacity is enough to maintain services at slightly elevated pricing.
➢ Transit delays possible at airport / carrier terminal operations.
(Apr 06, 2020) - Airline Terminals Cargo handling
➢ Due to staff reductions related to virus, the JFK airport Intl cargo terminals have been heavily affected creating transit delays: Delayed releases / receipt of cargo.