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Market Information 01/25/2021
On-site partnerships ensure DACHSER serves medical logistics needs

From specialised Stiegelmeyer hospital beds, to Dr. Reddy’s pharmaceuticals to carefully calibrated medical equipment for Welch Allyn, DACHSER South Africa is delivering essential medical supplies throughout South Africa for a number of medical clients – ensuring that medical providers have the equipment they need in this challenging time. 

“The Dachser team has considerable experience in medical and pharmaceutical delivery, which has stringent health and safety compliance requirements,” says DACHSER SA managing director Detlev Duve. “We must also be able to support our clients in responding rapidly and effectively to growing needs during COVID-19. DACHSER has continued to operate effectively during lockdown with a dedicated team of home-based office staff and skeleton staff at all of our depots and local delivery centres. The entire supply chain is fully operational and on track for essential items.”

Duve says on-site partnerships and effective communications have been a key element of success in the specialist field of medical logistics. DACHSER is able to offer clients specialised warehousing and office space at the company’s Pomona head-office and five clients currently benefit from on-site offices. 

When specialised hospital bed supplier Stiegelmeyer contracted with Dachser four years ago, the German manufacturer was importing beds to South Africa. They soon moved from their original Centurion premises and to the DACHSER premises in Kempton Park, facilitating a strong partnership and seamless logistics that has grown with the business as they expanded to exporting into Africa.  Besides a full range of hospital beds supplied to largely private sector hospitals in South Africa, Stiegelmeyer has been exporting refugee beds across borders.  With the COVID-19 pandemic taking hold, the need for these beds may increase locally as well, and the DACHSER team is ready to handle increased volumes.

Theuns Burger of Stiegelmeyer says, “Interventions in response to the Coronavirus are currently impacting life at all levels. As a supplier to the medical field, we’re committed to doing whatever necessary to remain true to our healthcare mandate and to be able to react to special demands for supplies and services, even at very short notice. We have implemented extensive measures in our production and supply chain and DACHSER is an critical partner in ensuring that we are able to deliver across Southern Africa.”

Burger says the company chose DACHSER as the team was able to offer a well-priced, full solution for importing, exporting, warehousing and distribution. “With an office on site, we have full access to our stock at all times.  Working on-site has resulted in considerable efficiencies and cost-savings for our business. The Dachser team has a strong understanding of our business and we have been very happy with their service levels as a longterm supply chain fulfilment partner.”

Stiegelmeyer has a dedicated pick and pack area and space for display models, with beds built to client specifications at the DACHSER warehouse. DACHSER move up to 40 beds at time, many of which are high value items. The service includes unpacking and installing the beds in hospitals, and at times removing the older beds that the new stock will replace. This process requires health and safety preparation work and liason with the hospitals. Dachser co-ordinate with the Stiegelmeyer team to ensure that their sales executives are always there to sign off once beds have been installed.

Welch Allyn, a supplier of medical equipment, requires rigorous logistics management to ensure that their products reach medical rooms, hospitals and clinics in the perfect condition, and at the right time, in both urban centres and rural areas. Their range includes products from basic syringes to specialist cardiopulmonary equipment and patient monitoring systems. 

Welch Allyn staff are also located at the DACHSER warehouse, working closely with logistics teams to take care of medical product calibration and other specialist requirements while these products are in storage and transit. When products include high-cost, sophisticated technological equipment, error-free picking and packing is critical. In the company’s decade-long relationship with the client, stock has never once had to be written off, which is a massive achievement given that Dachser has moved millions of units of stock for the business over the years.

Duve says DACHSER's picking and packing service forms part of a continuous process that only concludes once products reaches its final destination. “Medical products are picked and packed to particular specifications that include temperature control and movement reduction. We make sure this remains consistent in transit, until the product has been handed over at the final point. Our picking and packing is further supported by a sophisticated IT system which enables the transparent coordination of complex activities and real-time information for clients on their stock.”

Duve concludes, “Clients entrust us with an important part of their business at critical times, and our service levels must remain consistent whatever the challenges may be. As a logistics company, our business is to understand this trust and to grow it into a successful logistics partnership.”

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Market Information 01/25/2021
Avoiding customs risks with DACHSER South Africa

Customs plays a vital role in protecting society by securing transport chains by ensuring product safety and by combating cross-border crime. However, inefficient customs can be a barrier to trade and a key risk factor for companies already operating in a more challenging environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, the value derived from using an experienced logistics provider can lead to significant cost savings. For clients experiencing cost drainage and time delays when moving goods, it might be time to consider their holistic logistics solution carefully.  Read more

Managing Director of DACHSER South Africa, Detlev Duve, says, “Measures undertaken to address the health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, including stringent social distancing regulations and stricter transit requirements, have impacted the movement of goods, border procedures and customs in unprecedented ways. Customs border administrations across the regions, already overloaded, have been further stretched, with an impact on the smooth flow of logistics across the region.  The digitisation of transport and trade procedures and the harmonisation of customs regulations must be a strategic imperative during COVID-19, and beyond. However, in many countries across the African continent, we’re not there yet.”

To avoid significant time delays and unforeseen cost implications, Duve says it’s vital that companies involved in international trade understand and comply with changing regulations and requirements. However, getting to grips with regulatory environments be challenging for companies and divert resources away from core business priorities, making a trusted logistics partner an essential part of doing business.

“It has always been a priority Dachser’s teams to be up to speed on customs regulations and procedures, which includes the legal requirements necessary for moving goods into or out of South Africa - and the African continent,” says Duve.  “Our Customs team follows streamlined processes and includes specialist personnel who can analyse and assess client requirements. 

Customs compliance

DACHSER's teams can verify all paperwork for compliance and accuracy, as well as verify and understand International Commercial Terms (known as Incoterms). “Our teams must understand what our clients are importing or exporting, and the requirements around these products. They further consider where costs can be saved or passage expedited. For example, certain processes could entitle an importer or exporter to claim back a percentage of duties paid to Customs.” 

Rigorous compliance with Customs requirements includes making sure that the product is correctly classified and declared, that it is accurately valued and that the necessary documentation is on hand at the time of clearance, says Duve.  “We have a good working relationship with the local customs’ authorities and have worked closely with them as we moved through the changing regulations of the pandemic, and the transportation of essential goods.”

Many delays occur when importers provide the incorrect tariff headings, or do not have the sales agreement, proof of payment other required information to hand.   Delays can also be experienced when the importer does not have the necessary permission to import the product or cannot produce the proper permit or Letter of Authority. Duve says, “We advise our clients thoroughly on the requirements before beginning any process.  We then closely monitor our clients’ entries, and if there is a possibility of delay, we act upon it immediately through the various channels. Our teams follow these up frequently, and escalate until goods are released.”

Bonded storage to save costs

DACHSER also offers bonded storage, which enables cargo to be stored for up to 2 years.  “Bonded store allows the importer a better cash flow given that they can remove goods only as and when needed.  In doing so, the importer is only required to pay the VAT and Customs duties on those items extracted.  Additionally, the importer can also transfer ownership of the goods, making the new owner liable for any VAT and duties payable.”  Duve says that importers are also able to inspect the goods in the bond store, before paying VAT and duties, to ensure that the correct cargo was shipped and that the quality and quantity is correct. 

DACHSER offers another option to clients when a portion of imported goods are going to be directly exported. “If the client does not need to clear the entire shipment, DACHSER South Africa will clear the goods directly into our bond store and no duty or VAT will be paid until the cargo is moved out,” Duve explains. “We keep full control of the stock.  Should the client require a portion of stock to be released for local supply we clear the goods, paying the duty and VAT on behalf of the client and billing this back.  If a portion of the stock needed to go to an African country, we would move this out with a bonded truck to that country, where the cargo would be cleared.  In this way, the client is spared having to pay duty and VAT twice.”

Duve says that DACHSER South Africa continues to seek value-added solutions for their clients as they deal with the pandemic.  “Our commitment is to provide our clients with a holistic and seamless solution and we see ourselves as an extension of their businesses.  This means that we take care of all aspects of the transportation, including customs, storing, handling and the safe delivery of goods from origin to destination.”  

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News 01/21/2021
DACHSER enhances its strong air network with more of its own capacity in 2021

Building on work that began last year, DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics will be increasing its own capacity in 2021. Starting in mid-January, its air network will cover the Hong Kong-to-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes and returns.

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Press Release 01/19/2021
Burkhard Eling takes up role of CEO at DACHSER

On January 1, Burkhard Eling became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Spokesperson of the Executive Board of logistics provider DACHSER. He heads the Corporate Strategy, Human Resources, Marketing executive unit, which also includes Corporate Key Account Management and the Corporate Governance & Compliance division. Eling succeeds Bernhard Simon, who will take over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the family-owned company in mid-2021.

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Market Information 03/02/2021
DACHSER South Africa expands coastal cross-docking facilities

Cross-docking, where inbound cargo is unloaded from an incoming container, sorted and then loaded directly to outbound carriers, is an important logistics strategy that keeps supply chains moving in a productive, effective manner.  Logistics leader, DACHSER South Africa, has recently expanded its Durban operations to a new 3600sqm warehouse in Pinetown, Durban.

 

“The new off-loading and loading bays have increased our capacity to handle a number of containers at a time, enabling us to offer excellent turn-around times,” says Detlev Duve, DACHSER South Africa, Managing Director,  “The facility provides a dedicated central site for products to be sorted for delivery to multiple destinations in the most productive way, saving costs. Ultimately, our customers benefit from a more efficient supply chain.”

 

Deidre Smith, DACHSER Sea Freight Imports Manager,  says, “We’re able to consolidate shipments, or even break down larger shipments into smaller loads, for easier delivery. Storage and handling costs can be reduced as products spend less time in the warehouse. Cargo also typically reaches its final destination faster, giving our customers a competitive edge.”

 

Further to a spacious, well-equipped warehouse, Smith says that experienced staff and effective planning are the foundations of a successful operation. “Skilled staff are vital to the operation and management  of the warehouse.  From expert inventory control using Warehouse Management Systems,  through to our material handling equipment operators and cargo handling teams, we ensure that all our staff are well-trained and clear on the different goods and requirements of our customers.”
 

Smith explains that the goods that are most conducive to cross-docking are those that are in steady demand, usually higher volume, fast-moving products scheduled in regular dispatches to pre-planned destinations. DACHSER also has the experience to handle large or complex items. “Of course, the preferred cargo to handle is stackable, palletised cargo that fits neatly into racks can be easily transported, but we’ve become experts in handling the odd and awkward cargo too.  Taking care of customers cargo and avoiding damages is our top priority, and our Durban handling team has the experience to load the trucks safely and correctly.  We also ensure that the appropriate handling equipment is available when off-loading a container and manoeuvring the cargo around the warehouse.”  
 

The DACHSER team handles both Pre-Distribution, where goods are unloaded and despatched according to set distribution instructions, and Post-Distribution processes, usually for retailers, which entails flexible picking and packing according to demand, based on in-store inventory, sales forecasts and trends.

Duve says it is also essential to partner with reputable transporters that offer a regular and reliable service to move the goods from warehouse to customer door.    

 

“With all the right foundations in place, cross-docking has become part of the seamless supply chain solution DACHSER South Africa offers to our customers, which further includes contract logistics, value-added warehousing, customs clearance and customs warehousing services,” says Duve.

 About DACHSER:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, DACHSER is a leading supplier of logistics services worldwide.

DACHSER offers comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: DACHSER European Logistics and DACHSER Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,995 employees at 393 locations all over the globe, DACHSER generated revenue of 5.66 billion euros in 2019. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41. million metric tons. Country organizations represent DACHSER in 44 countries.

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Market Information 03/02/2021
DACHSER South Africa expands coastal cross-docking facilities

Cross-docking, where inbound cargo is unloaded from an incoming container, sorted and then loaded directly to outbound carriers, is an important logistics strategy that keeps supply chains moving in a productive, effective manner.  Logistics leader, DACHSER South Africa, has recently expanded its Durban operations to a new 3600sqm warehouse in Pinetown, Durban.

“The new off-loading and loading bays have increased our capacity to handle a number of containers at a time, enabling us to offer excellent turn-around times,” says Detlev Duve, DACHSER South Africa, Managing Director,  “The facility provides a dedicated central site for products to be sorted for delivery to multiple destinations in the most productive way, saving costs. Ultimately, our customers benefit from a more efficient supply chain.”

Deidre Smith, DACHSER Sea Freight Imports Manager,  says, “We’re able to consolidate shipments, or even break down larger shipments into smaller loads, for easier delivery. Storage and handling costs can be reduced as products spend less time in the warehouse. Cargo also typically reaches its final destination faster, giving our customers a competitive edge.”

Further to a spacious, well-equipped warehouse, Smith says that experienced staff and effective planning are the foundations of a successful operation. “Skilled staff are vital to the operation and management  of the warehouse.  From expert inventory control using Warehouse Management Systems,  through to our material handling equipment operators and cargo handling teams, we ensure that all our staff are well-trained and clear on the different goods and requirements of our customers.”


Smith explains that the goods that are most conducive to cross-docking are those that are in steady demand, usually higher volume, fast-moving products scheduled in regular dispatches to pre-planned destinations. DACHSER also has the experience to handle large or complex items. “Of course, the preferred cargo to handle is stackable, palletised cargo that fits neatly into racks can be easily transported, but we’ve become experts in handling the odd and awkward cargo too.  Taking care of customers cargo and avoiding damages is our top priority, and our Durban handling team has the experience to load the trucks safely and correctly.  We also ensure that the appropriate handling equipment is available when off-loading a container and manoeuvring the cargo around the warehouse.”  


The DACHSER team handles both Pre-Distribution, where goods are unloaded and despatched according to set distribution instructions, and Post-Distribution processes, usually for retailers, which entails flexible picking and packing according to demand, based on in-store inventory, sales forecasts and trends.
Duve says it is also essential to partner with reputable transporters that offer a regular and reliable service to move the goods from warehouse to customer door.    

“With all the right foundations in place, cross-docking has become part of the seamless supply chain solution DACHSER South Africa offers to our customers, which further includes contract logistics, value-added warehousing, customs clearance and customs warehousing services,” says Duve.


About DACHSER:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, DACHSER is a leading supplier of logistics services worldwide.

DACHSER offers comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: DACHSER European Logistics and DACHSER Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,995 employees at 393 locations all over the globe, DACHSER generated revenue of 5.66 billion euros in 2019. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41. million metric tons. Country organizations represent DACHSER in 44 countries.

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Market Information 01/19/2021
Brexit deal agreed - customs administration from 01.01.2021

On 24.12.2020, an agreement on future cooperation and trade was reached between the EU and the UK.

An essential point is that between EU and UK for goods deliveries from both areas no customs duties are to be levied. However, this does not mean that the administrative "customs clearance" will be eliminated. This means that all documents and customs relevant information must be submitted by the customer in advance and only after the shipment has been released by the customs team of DACHSER, the shipment can be accepted for dispatch.

Please note that from 01.01.2021 this applies to all shipments between the EU and UK, only shipments from the EU to Northern Ireland are excluded. In particular, proof of preferential origin of goods should be provided. The most important necessary information for exporters and importers can be found in the document below.

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News 01/19/2021
DACHSER becomes a member of DWV

On January 1, 2021, DACHSER joined the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV), a lobbying group that has been advocating the rapid deployment of hydrogen as an energy source and promoting fuel-cell technology since 1996. DACHSER will also participate in DWV’s HyLogistics cluster.

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Market Information 01/19/2021
Chinese New Year: Impact on logistics

In 2021, Chinese New Year falls on February 12, it is the biggest festival in China where people celebrate the beginning of a new year with their families. The week-long national public holiday has consequences on global supply chains.

The following information provides an overview of some key facts of the festival and its possible impacts on logistics.

Dates and key facts

  • February 12, 2021 marks the start of the Chinese New Year (the year of Ox).
  • Chinese national holiday begins on February 11 and ends on February 17, meaning that most of the businesses, including DACHSER branches in China, will be closed and resumes on February 18.
  • Factories and manufacturing sites used to be closed for a longer period of time. Production might pause already one week before Chinese New Year, some factories will only resume one month after.
  • The long holiday allows workers in the city to travel back to their hometown for a family reunion, though it might not be the case this year due to the pandemic.

Impact on supply chain

  • Extensive holidays in China can lead to delays to your shipments for up to one month.
  • Due to the abovementioned closing period of manufacturing industries, there will be no productions from China for at least a week. Even though factories will be restarting gradually, operations will not resume to full swing immediately.
  • Productions from other countries in Asia will also be impacted as some parts might come from China or the assembling processes are done there.
  • Most shippers will stock up inventories that are sufficient to cover the Chinese New Year period, this leads to a pre-holiday cargo rush; it will also take some time after the festival to normalize the market conditions.

Get prepared

To avoid unnecessary price hikes and delays, it is strongly recommended to place bookings well in advance. At DACHSER, our logistics experts can help you to plan together. Feel free to discuss with us about your needs and we can work out the best to maintain your supply chain uninterrupted throughout the Chinese New Year.

Below you find the dates of office closures in APAC countries. 
Mainland China      Chinese New Year    11-17/Feb
Hong Kong             Chinese New Year    12-15/Feb 
Indonesia               Chinese New Year    12-Feb
Korea                     Lunar New Year     11-14/Feb
Malaysia                Chinese New Year    12-13/Feb
Singapore              Chinese New Year    12-13/Feb
Taiwan                   Chinese New Year    10-16/Feb
Vietnam                 Lunar New Year    10-16/Feb

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News 12/15/2020
“Employee connection and loyalty is what makes DACHSER stand out”

From one-man company to global player – In its 90-year history, DACHSER has become an international heavyweight in the field of logistics. But how has the logistics provider benefited in that time from the loyalty of its employees and its structure as a family-owned company? Dr. Andreas Froschmayer, Corporate Director Corporate Development, Strategy & PR at DACHSER, explains.  

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Market Information 12/04/2020
To mark the occasion: update of our Brexit checklist

The EU withdrawal of the United Kingdom was completed on 31.01.2020. Currently we are in a transition phase which ends on 31.12.2020. A further extension of this transitional phase should have been agreed until 01.07.2020 and is therefore no longer possible. Thus, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the internal market and the customs union as of 01.01.2021. If no agreement is reached between the UK and the EU in the remaining time of the transition phase, trade would in future fall under the rules of the World Trade Organization.

We at DACHSER cannot influence the political situation in the UK, but we can prepare you in the best possible way for regulated customs procedures. We have therefore adapted and updated our Brexit checklist to the current circumstances. You can download it here free of charge.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your responsible contact person at the respective DACHSER branch

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News 12/03/2020
For a sustainable society: More and more NGOs are taking action around the world

In the course of globalization, internationally networked non-governmental organizations or NGOs are playing an increasingly important role. DACHSER’s partnership with children’s aid organization terre des hommes demonstrates how a company can support an NGO over the long term.

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Market Information 11/18/2020
Latest update on DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics operations

With this update DACHSER would like to inform about the current DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics operations across the regions APAC, EMEA and Americas. In the attached document (see download below) it is listed whether a country organization of DACHSER is operational or, if only limited or not at all, why this is the case. Since the situation in the countries may change rapidly, the attached document will be updated on a regular basis and published on our website.

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Market Information 11/18/2020
“When it comes to Brexit, many companies have their head in the sand”

The Brexit is complete and the transition phase will be history in a few weeks. No matter what agreements the EU and Great Britain may reach in the short term, January 1, 2021 will mean a deep cut for the movement of goods to and from Great Britain. Steffen Wiese, Head of Sales, European Logistics, North Central Europe at DACHSER, explains what companies urgently need to bear in mind and some even run the risk of oversleeping the preparations.

Would you say it’s still possible to avoid a hard, no-deal Brexit? How would a hard Brexit affect goods transport involving the UK?

There’s still a chance that a deal could be agreed. But the closer we get to the deadline, the less hope there is. DACHSER is definitely readying itself and its customers for a hard Brexit to ensure we’re prepared for all eventualities.

Post-Brexit customs clearance will make transporting goods vastly more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. We expect a hard Brexit to majorly disrupt transports, especially at the beginning of next year. We’re noticing that some companies have already taken action and have moved operations to locations with the EU. In light of new customs clearance procedures, some business models are no longer very practical and will have to be revised. B2C shipments will become more expensive, even if simpler procedures are introduced for goods of up to a certain value. It just won’t be worth it for many senders. Since shipping times and costs for supplying the European market from the UK will also increase, many senders have already moved their distribution centers to the EU.

Are companies, including DACHSER customers, in Germany and the rest of Europe prepared? Where do you see room for improvement?

In addition to the well prepared companies, there are also quite a few that still need to take urgent action. They’ve waited too long, which will lead to problems—at the latest starting January 1. This holds especially true for companies that have up to now exclusively served the European domestic market, as they often lack the requisite customs expertise.

Many companies actually expect that a deal will mean everything remains as it is. What’s more, the Covid-19 pandemic has largely eclipsed Brexit as a topic in the public eye as well as at many companies.

But it’s important to know that no matter what happens on the political stage over the coming days and weeks, customs clearance will definitely be a hot topic among senders and recipients of goods transported between the EU and the UK. This means that preparation is non-negotiable.

A more general question: What must a company intending to export goods to or import them from the UK as of January 1, 2021 take into account?

Senders first have to check the extent to which their supply chains are affected. Special attention must be paid to preparing the information and documents required for customs clearance so that we, in our role as logistics provider, can take care of the customs formalities relating to imports and exports. This information includes the EORI number. Moreover, obtaining customs authorization from the respective importer is essential for processing shipments to and from the UK. For this reason, we are asking our customers to notify their recipients that they must provide us with the importer’s name so we can request the necessary authorization.

DACHSER itself is well prepared to make future customs clearance for goods transports between the EU and the UK as smooth as possible. It’s now up to senders to once again check thoroughly that they have made all necessary preparations. On our website, we’ve published a checklist that allows our customers to see at a glance what they have to be aware of. And of course, DACHSER’s local contact persons are always ready to answer any questions.

It’s absolutely clear what the worst-case scenario would be: goods remain stuck with the sender and we are unable to collect them. The transport can start only once all the paperwork required for customs clearance has been made available. Starting January 1, there will be no transition period or exceptions and the paperwork cannot be submitted later. These are the conditions that logistics providers must now observe. In this worst-case scenario, customer warehouses would overflow as the goods remain where they are.

What specific preparations has DACHSER made as a logistics provider?

DACHSER has been preparing for Brexit for years now. We formed an internal project team made up of experts from all areas of the company. It’s this team’s job to address all aspects of Brexit—from customs clearance, volume monitoring, and traffic routing to IT, staffing, and communications.

To prepare for all eventualities, we’ve invested particularly in customs and created software solutions to help ensure customs processes are performed efficiently. As well as adding resources to our IT infrastructure, we’re making sure that DACHSER UK and DACHSER Ireland both have sufficient personnel—especially those trained in customs matters. On the mainland, our global logistics network provides us with ample expertise and resources. We’ve also formed an internal task force to support our colleagues in the UK and Ireland as well as our distribution platforms in the EU starting January 1, 2021. Task force members are being trained on how the various systems work so we can stem any additional costs, and our country organizations are working closely together to minimize any disruption. And because we have AEO status in the UK and in numerous EU countries, we can see to it that goods clear customs as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

What’s the situation in the Republic of Ireland? The majority of transports to and from Ireland pass through the Channel. Are there alternative routes?

There are bound to be obstacles when transporting goods to Ireland. But what’s particularly unclear is how things will work with Northern Ireland, which as we all know is a very political issue. There are alternative routes to Ireland and while all options involving ferry companies are being explored, these will ultimately lead to longer transit times.

After years of Brexit preparations, what lessons have you learned?

It’s all about staying flexible in the face of inevitable surprises, especially political ones. Personally, I hope that the nightmare scenarios predicting thousands of trucks stranded on each side of the Channel don’t come true and that the authorities also do their part to implement the process efficiently. I’m also curious to see how the economy develops and whether Brexit will scare other countries away from pursuing any desire to leave.

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News 02/22/2021
DACHSER Luxembourg celebrates 10-year anniversary

The DACHSER branch in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The logistics service provider opened its branch in Luxembourg on February 7, 2011.

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Market Information 02/17/2021
Properly placed - Storage space at DACHSER

Do you currently have a need for storage capacity or are you facing other logistical challenges? Benefit from a holistic, industry-specific concept that is tailored to your individual needs.

The intelligent combination of efficient warehousing, global transport networks and customer-specific value-added services in all stages of the supply chain results in a service portfolio that meets your requirements. As one of the leading logistics service providers, we are represented in the most important procurement and sales markets. Our tightly woven network ensures rapid procurement and distribution far into the regions. Intercontinental connections are provided by DACHSER's global air and sea freight network. Our globally uniform standards and innovative IT systems developed in-house ensure smooth interaction and reliable execution of all processes. Integrated logistics solutions, global presence and our many years of experience distinguish us as a strong logistics partner at your side.

Our local and national experts will be happy to provide you with further information: contractlogistics.kempten@dachser.com

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Press Release 02/16/2021
DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics reorganizes regional management

DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) has reorganized the management of its business units in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Americas regions.

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News 02/10/2021
Vive la chimie: Ten years of DACHSER Chem-Logistics in France

Chemical products are everywhere in everyday life: soaps and laundry detergents, cosmetics, paints and inks, and even glues and adhesives. Then there are fine and special chemicals. They all play a key role for France, which in terms of revenue has Europe’s second-largest chemical industry. “Vive la chimie” also applies to DACHSER Chem-Logistics, which was celebrating ten years in France last year. In that time, the industry solution has secured a strong position in the groupage transport market for France’s chemical industry.

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Press Release 05/14/2019
Dachser in Africa - the family business grows its global network

Growing logistics provider Dachser has more employees than at any other point in its history: some 30.603 people around the world are employed by the family-owned company based in Kempten, Germany. Dachser South Africa is home to 240 of these employees working across four branches, involved at any given time in connecting the flow of commodities, information, and transport companies with each other.

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Press Release 10/03/2017
DACHSER South Africa recognised for leading in skills development

At the 29th Logistics Achiever Awards ceremony held on Thursday evening, 2 November at Montecasino in Fourways, Gauteng, DACHSER SA scooped a Silver category award for leading in skills development.

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DACHSER Logistics – going green in the city

New emission-free logistics solutions are being pioneered by global logistics company DACHSER in cities across Europe. The pilot projects build on new electromobility concepts and adapts city logistics processes to tomorrow’s needs, offering bright prospects for emissions- and traffic-plagued city centers across the globe, including in Africa – where DACHSER is building a strong network from South Africa.

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Press Release 10/18/2019
DACHSER wins the 2019 IMD Global Family Business Award

IMD recognized 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.

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Press Release 11/18/2019
DACHSER South Africa celebrates 40 years as the gateway to Africa

DACHSER South Africa (SA) celebrates 40 years of being in business this November. When global logistics provider DACHSER acquired Jonen Freight, owned by the Duve family, in 2011, the newly minted DACHSER SA strengthened its global network, bringing over 30 years of established expertise in Africa to the company. Under the leadership of Managing Director Detlev Duve, DACHSER SA has further established itself as the gateway to Africa, dealing with diverse logistics needs across the various trade lanes and growing the team and the business in the face of a very challenging economic environment.

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News 08/14/2019
DACHSER South Africa perfects the art of picking and packing

As a fundamental part of the supply chain, picking and packing is fast growing into a sophisticated, intelligent process. This is due to client demands that necessitate logistics companies in having detailed understanding of complex product specificities and requirements when storing and moving these goods across geographical distances.

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Market Information 05/11/2020
DACHSER's transport network is prepared for dynamic changes

DACHSER says thank you - over the past few weeks, our customers have informed us in good time about their current transport requirements and included us in their planning. This has enabled us to quickly adjust our capacities to the actual demand. Due to the sharp decline in transport volumes in recent weeks, we have temporarily reduced transport capacities and installed special schedules.

The many measures taken to reduce new infections with the coronavirus have had a positive effect in many European countries in recent days. Initial easing measures, for example a partial reopening of retail outlets, are making everyday life easier for people. Since many industrial companies are also resuming production - albeit mostly at lower output levels - we expect transport volumes to remain volatile, but to increase again in principle.

With the active support of our customers, we are very well prepared for the coming period and will also be able to handle rising transport volumes again with the well-known DACHSER quality. It will continue to be very valuable for us in the future, too, that our customers continue to provide us with all the planning information that will enable us to adjust transport capacities and planning in line with demand.

We would like to thank you for your active cooperation during this very challenging period and look forward to continuing our successful collaboration, in which you can continue to rely on DACHSER.

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Press Release 11/08/2019
Calling Education learners explore careers in logistics with DACHSER South Africa

Calling Education, based in Stellenbosch, is a non-profit private school that strives to make a truly excellent education available at a fee affordable to those from low-income communities.

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News 10/22/2019
Women leading in logistics - Fearless female: Marli Wilson

While the logistics field still tends to dominated by men, times are changing and the fairer sex is increasingly building successful careers in logistics. DACHSER South Africa is working hard to redress the gender inequalities in the industry. We’re chatting to fearless women who are playing vital roles in the DACHSER South Africa offices.

Operations Manager Marli Wilson believes that if you are passionate and consistent you can accomplish anything and overcome most challenges.

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News 10/28/2019
IMO 2020 regulations are making ships cleaner

New environmental guidelines from the International Maritime Organization for global shipping traffic will take effect in January 2020. Read on to find out what it’s all about.

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