Proud to be orchestrating the logistics in Vietnam during the COVID pandemic 30 years after opening the first office in the country.
Dr. Josefine Wallat, Consul General of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City, and Mr. Andy Lim, CEO of DB Schenker in Vietnam, open the new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
(HCMC, 25 November 2021) A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on 23 November to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of DB Schenker in Vietnam and the opening of the new corporate office in Ho Chi Minh City. The new corporate office is located at the Viettel Complex Tower A in Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
In 1991, DB Schenker was one of the first international logistics companies entering Vietnam. From one representative office in Ho Chi Minh City with only three employees, DB Schenker now has over 1,000 employees, more than 100,000 square meters of warehouse space and offices and facilities across the country with key ground operations at key ports and terminals.
Commenting on the celebration of the 30th Anniversary milestone and the opening of the new office, Mr. Andy Lim, CEO of DB Schenker in Vietnam said, “We are proud and grateful to be one of the main logistics providers in the country today and to play such an important role during the pandemic when the market conditions we operate in continue to be disruptive and far from normal. Our logistics experts have been working hard to keep the supply chains moving and helping to deliver essential goods across the country via land, air and ocean, as well as by continuing to provide warehousing activities”.
All key services provided by DB Schenker, including Air, Ocean, Contract Logistics and Land Transport were in full operation during the pandemic.
During the pandemic, provinces and cities went into lockdown, air and ocean carriers were restricted to a few cargo freighters a week due to port control and commercial flights ceased operation. Strict preventive and control measures caused delivery delays and cost of shipping increased to historical heights.
“At first, we thought the pandemic would have a tremendous impact on our business, but things were actually different. Covid-19 has highlighted the urgency of the need for smooth transportation of goods more than ever. It is a challenge but also an opportunity for DB Schenker to showcase our capability and adaptability during such critical times,” said Andy Lim.
To meet customer demand during this critical period, DB Schenker had to quickly adapt and come up with logistics and supply chain alternatives to keep the business of our customers moving. The company also had to manage escalating fuel costs, price increases for Air and Ocean and invest in health and safety measures for the employees during these unprecedented times.
“Logistics is about connectivity. Our mission is to connect and facilitate the delivery of goods. I am grateful to all our employees who stepped up during the pandemic. From our global Head Office to the regional and cluster teams, down to the country organization, DB Schenker has truly shown resilience,” said Andy Lim.
The company's growth is in line with the massive expansion of Vietnam's logistics industry. “Information technology and innovation are the key drivers of the Vietnamese freight and logistics market. Today’s industrial parks have the highest security, environmental and health standards in place. We continue to develop and introduce new technologies to provide the best the supply chain experience to our customers and make DB Schenker our customer’s first choice”, said Andy Lim.
After 30 years, DB Schenker has grown to become one of Vietnam’s leading logistics and forwarding service providers and a strategic partner to many air and ocean carriers. The company not only transports goods via air and ocean but also provides domestic land services and offers an efficient LANDbridge cross border trucking solution connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and China. This year, DB Schenker in Vietnam has also started offering rail services between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, in addition to the existing EurAsia LANDbridge Rail service.