DACHSER expands its logistics centre in Hof
Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2020. The expansion also includes offices and communal areas covering a total area of 900 square meters. “Our new multi-user warehouse next to the existing logistics center will offer space for us to provide contract logistics services for a medium-sized customer from the DIY and gardening sector for example,” says Klaus Neubing, General Manager of the Hof logistics centre, about the expansion of business at the location. The contract logistics services that DACHSER offers in Hof combine transport solutions and warehousing with comprehensive value-added services such as picking and packaging. Following the expansion, DACHSER will employ 500 people in the town. In addition, around 300 people work regularly for DACHSER through the independent transport companies or, for example, as seasonal workers.
Dachser Brazil opens new office in Curitiba to expand its regional business network
Since entering the market 10 years ago, the international logistics provider Dachser has established a strong footprint in the Brazilian market.
"Without the corresponding culture, no real compliance is possible"
Numerous contemporary studies and research findings confirm that the best protection against corporate malfeasance is a compliance approach based on values – such as responsibility, integrity, trust, and honesty – just like the one that DACHSER has been pursuing already for ten years.
National Strike in France - Effects
During the past weeks, massive strikes against a planned pension reform have paralysed public transport in France. The strike is still going on this week.
French ports already impacted by days of strike are getting congested. Alternative options like Antwerp, Genoa or Barcelona are getting congested as well, therefore delays on bookings and pick up/delivery with those ports are expected.
Here is an overview of the duration of the strike activity in the French ports:
- Dunkerque: dockers/stevedores 23/01 & 24/01; tugboats 22/01 to 25/01 until 6 am
- Le Havre: dockers/stevedores 22/01 to 25/01 until 6 am; tugboats 24/01 to 25/01 until 8 am
- Montoir: dockers/stevedores 22/01 to 25/01 until 6 am; tugboats 21/01 to 24/01 until 9 am
- FOS: dockers/stevedores 22/01 to 25/01 until 6 am; tugboats 20/01 to 23/01 until 9 am
Pick-up and delivery by rail should be also very difficult. Airfreight is not concerned so far, but we will keep you informed about that.
Get assured that our operational teams will do their utmost to minimise the effects of the strike.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your responsible contact person in the respective DACHSER branch.
The average fuel price according to the RHA survey for December was 101.44 pence per litre.
The £/Euro exchange rate as at 31st December at 1700 hrs was 1.18175 EUR to the Pound.
DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics certified for pharmaceutical shipments on three continents
Atlanta becomes the next DACHSER branch to receive CEIV Pharma certification from IATA.
Following Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, Atlanta is now DACHSER’s fourth location to receive certification in ten months, further expanding the company’s network services for its customers in the life science and healthcare sector.
DACHSER opens new logistics centre in Freiburg
Thirty new jobs created at the Breisgau industrial park
Logistics provider DACHSER held a ceremony to mark the opening of its new logistics centre on the Breisgau industrial park in Freiburg, Germany. Covering a total area of 6,117 square meters, the new facility houses a transit terminal with 82 docking bays as well as a two-story office building. The company invested around EUR 22 million in the location, where it is also creating 30 new jobs.
DACHSER wins the 2019 IMD Global Family Business Award
IMD recognised DACHSER for robust corporate and family governance structures combined with operational excellence and a focus on quality.
IMD Business School, a top-ranked global business school headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, awarded DACHSER with the renowned IMD Global Family Business Award. On behalf of the company and the founding family, Bernhard Simon, CEO of DACHSER, and Birgit Kastner-Simon, Corporate Director Corporate Marketing, accepted the award at the 30th Summit of the Family Business Network International (FBN-I) in Udaipur, India.
A new version of the Incoterms will take effect on January 1, 2020, and will include a number of changes. The terms of delivery issued by the International Chamber of Commerce regulate essential buyer and seller obligations in international trade, such as transfer of goods to the buyer, transport costs, liability for loss of and damage to goods, and insurance costs.
With the adaptation of the Incoterms 2020 to current global trading practices, the new version is very up-to-date and practice oriented. The aim of the revision was to make the Incoterms clauses more user-friendly. For example, their presentation has been revised to make it easier for users to select the appropriate clause. In addition, the order of the clauses has been changed, and revised user instructions have been added to each clause.
In terms of contents, significant changes have been made to the Intercoms 2010, in particular the following:
- Different coverage levels in CIF and CIP: As in the past, the seller is still obliged in the Incoterms 2020 to take out transport insurance at their own expense in clauses CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) and CIP (Carriage Insurance Paid). In contrast to the Incoterms 2010, however, the two clauses now provide for different minimum coverages. The minimum coverage to be observed when the CIF clause has been agreed remains unchanged. The transport insurance to be taken out by the seller must continue to at least correspond to the coverage in accordance with the (C) clauses of the Institute Cargo Clauses or similar clauses (insurance of named risks). If the CIP clause is agreed, the seller must now provide insurance coverage in accordance with the (A) clauses of the Institute Cargo Clauses (all-risk coverage). Both the CIF clause and the CIP clause allow the parties to the contract to agree on insurance coverage that differs from this.
- Inclusion of security-related requirements: Security-related requirements for the transport of goods have now been included in Rules A 4 and A 7 of each Incoterms 2020 clause. As with other the Incoterms clauses, it should be noted that the Incoterms clauses only directly apply to the parties to the sales contract and are not the subject of the contract of carriage.
- The Incoterms 2020 contain regulations for transporting with one’s own means of transport in FCA, Delivery at Place (DAP), Delivery at Place Unloaded (DPU), and Delivered Duty Paid (DDP).
- For goods sold under the FCA (Free Carrier) clause and intended for sea transport (such as goods in containers), FCA is stipulating a new option in the future. The buyer and seller may agree that the buyer shall instruct its freight carrier to issue an on-board bill of lading to the seller after the goods have been loaded. At the same time, the seller is obliged to hand over this on-board bill of lading to the buyer. This is typically done through participating banks.
- Renaming of DAT to DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded). According to the Incoterms 2010 DAT clause, the seller delivered the goods as soon as they were unloaded from the means of transport at a “terminal.” However, according to the Incoterms 2010 application notes, the term “terminal” was not to be understood from a technical point of view but meant any unloading location. This fact was taken into account in the Incoterms 2020 by renaming the previous DAT clause to DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded) for the sake of clarity. That means that in the future, any (agreed) place can be the place of destination.
The Incoterms apply between the parties of a (national or international) sales contract and address – but are not limited to – special rights and obligations within this contractual relationship. On the basis of a uniform definition guaranteed in this way, subsequent problems of interpretation or discrepancies between the parties to the sales contract are to be avoided. It should be noted that the Incoterms, due to their character as GT&C-like provisions, do not constitute statutory provisions and thus only become legally binding if they have been effectively agreed between the parties to the sales contract by means of a corresponding reference (for the Incoterms 2020, this is also possible before 1/1/2020). Irrespective of this, in individual cases conflicting statutory provisions still take precedence over an Incoterm clause.
The Incoterms were revised by 500 experts from more than 40 countries.The clauses are recognized worldwide and are in use in more than 30 different languages.
DACHSER focuses on training
At the start of the new training year, 740 apprentices and students in Germany chose to start training at DACHSER. In addition to trainees in commercial areas, DACHSER also recruited many junior logistics operatives.
Hard Brexit: Important Measures Beforehand
Even though there are some movements in the negotiations between EU and UK, still the “No deal” Brexit at the October 31st, 2019 cannot be excluded.
The consequences of a withdrawal without a deal on 31st October, especially for the movement of goods to and from the UK, are well known. First and foremost, longer waiting times would be expected due to border controls and customs clearance of all goods in accordance with WTO rules.
DACHSER will take appropriate measures to ensure that all goods arriving/leaving the UK after 23.00 GMT (00.00 CET) on 31st October are cleared and taxed accordingly.
With this letter we would like to summarize again the most important points and measures to keep the effects and delays in delivery for our customers as low as possible.
In case of Hard Brexit, the following information and documents must be available for customs clearance before the goods are collected:
- Consignment note
- Commercial invoice / pro forma invoice
- Packing list / delivery note
- Export accompanying document (can be issued by us if necessary)
- Preference documents and other product-specific documents, only if possible and required
Please make sure that these documents contain the following information:
Sender with EORI number, recipient with contact details, importer if different to recipient with contact details, sequential invoice number, Incoterms, number and type of packages, description of goods, country of origin, Taric code, value of goods, currency, gross/net weight.
Please pay attention to a high data quality of the information - the documents must fit definitely to the respective physical transmission.
If the documents are made available to us in electronic form, they should correspond to a resolution of 300dpi if possible.
In addition, we need the contact person for customs including the contact details of your consignee/importer (e-mail address) so that we can contact them in order to obtain the necessary customs power of attorney. We need these in order to be able to carry out the necessary customs clearance. Without the power of attorney we can not do the customs clearance.
Please do also note, that we also will need more detailed shipment information like number and type of packages, description of goods, value of the goods, if you have got shipments to Ireland via UK territory, as we will have to issue a transit procedure through UK. For the beginning we also recommend that you add a T2L to those shipments as we are not yet sure, if Ireland customs will accept T2 as a proof for goods in free circulation of EU after transit via UK.
Within our eLogistics application the possible incoterms will be changed due to the customs. At the beginning only FCA/EXW or DAP are possible in eLogisitcs in order to ensure the process. Also the EDI information regarding the incoterms have to be adapted, the responsible person from your branch will contact you in order to align the necessary changes.
We ask for your understanding and cooperation so that DACHSER can make your flow of goods as efficient and trouble-free as possible in this exceptional case of hard Brexit.
The most important measures for preparation we have stated additionally in our Brexit checklist (please see below).
Please do not hesitate to contact your DACHSER branch if you have any further questions.
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Get prepared for China Golden Week holidays
China celebrates its National Day on October 1, followed by a week-long holiday. During the Golden Week from October 1 to 7, many businesses will be closed; factories and production sites will stop their operations. Some of them may resume work later than the official holidays.
Therefore, the pre-holiday period is busy for logistics and transportation, as factories tend to speed up their production before the holiday starts. In terms of air and sea freight transportation, space will be getting tight; trucking services will also be in a great demand.
It is important to plan ahead in order to keep your supply chain uninterrupted.
Impact on sea freight
Most of the sea freight carriers have blank sailings not only during the Golden Week period but also before and after the holidays to adjust their services in accordance with the weak market demand.
Some carriers implement westbound blank sailings as early as week 39. In general, there are blank sailings in week 40 and 41; sailing schedule gradually resumes normal in week 43. It is suggested to place your booking as soon as possible to avoid additional cost and to secure space. Please be aware of the booking cut off time.
You are welcome to get in touch with your DACHSER representative for updates on particular routes and discuss your planning.
Impact on air freight
During the holiday period, air freight operations in local branches will be either closed or operating with very limited manpower.
For air import, only pre-booked shipment will be handled, please arrange the arrival date as early as September 25 in order to have enough time for customs clearance.
For air export, air freight space will be very tight and shipping equipment will be in great demand during the pre-holiday period. Please confirm with your local DACHSER representative for a precise cut off time.
DACHSER Branches in China
DACHSER branches in China will be closed from October 1 to 7, and resume work on October 8.
If you have urgent shipment or wish to discuss any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Last year was a progressive year for DACHSER UK with the appointment of a new UK Managing Director, Mark Rollinson, combined with the expansion of its operations and the opening of a second logistics centre in Northampton.
This confidence was based on a strong financial performance with UK sales turnover increasing by nine per cent to £84.1m. This is the result of increased export business and healthy growth in contract logistics services, the latter seeing a number of new customer contracts secured.
Brexit Check List
In the three years since the UK decided to leave the EU following the result of the referendum, there has been a lot of uncertainty and political manoeuvring as the UK and the EU have conducted their negotiations over the withdrawal agreement and the future relationship. Whilst the government and Parliament have stated consistently that they wish to avoid a no-deal Brexit that however remains the default legal position.
This is why for some time now, Dachser has adopted a coordinated and detailed approach to no-deal Brexit planning. A European-level Brexit Steering Committee comprises several senior managers and experts from the organization’s specialist corporate divisions for Customs, Finance, Sales and European road network management, as well as the country management from the UK and Ireland. The objectives are focussed on ensuring that, in what could be a fraught and unpredictable trade and customs environment, Dachser will be able to maintain its European services to its customers as efficiently as seamlessly as possible.
Relevant initiatives are underpinned by the company’s AEO status, its experience and flexibility in customs processes and procedures, and the strength, depth and adaptability of its European network.
We will be organising more updates on this crucial topic over the coming months but in the meantime have prepared a ‘BREXIT Check List’ guidance document, which highlights the practical steps that our customers and suppliers need to consider.