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Press Release 18.11.2019
Dachser enlarges branch in Öhringen

Construction work has begun to expand Dachser’s Öhringen branch. By summer 2020, the existing transit terminal will be 3,500 square meters larger. A new story will also be added to the office building, increasing its floor space by 600 square meters. Dachser is investing some EUR 9.5 million in the project.

Press Release 31.10.2019
DACHSER opens new logistics center in Freiburg

This weekend, logistics provider DACHSER held a ceremony to mark the opening of its new logistics center on the Breisgau industrial park in Freiburg, Germany. Covering a total area of 20,000 square feet, 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.

Press Release 30.10.2019
DACHSER expands in the North of England

DACHSER has opened a new branch in the UK town of Rochdale, near Manchester. The logistics provider has invested EUR 16 million in a facility measuring 5,175 square meters.

Press Release 21.10.2019
DACHSER Brazil Optimizes Tetra Pak’s Customs Clearance Process— Delivering Award-Winning Efficiency

Global logistics provider DACHSER is proud to announce that its optimized customs clearance process was key to Tetra Pak – the multinational food packaging and processing company –  being recognized with a first-place airport efficiency ranking by the Viracopos Airport in Brazil. The specific award acknowledges Tetra Pak as number one in the Special Regime Segment of the Logistics Efficiency Ranking of Linha Azul in Viracopos/Campinas (SP) in the “Immediate Boarding” category.

Market Information 18.10.2019
Incoterms 2020

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.

Press Release 11.10.2019
Edoardo Podestá takes the helm of DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics

DACHSER appoints Edoardo Podestá as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Air & Sea Logistics business field. Podestá replaces Jochen Müller in this position.

News 09.10.2019
Delegation from Germany visits DACHSER Minneapolis

On October 2nd, our Minneapolis office welcomed a delegation from Neuss, Germany and St. Paul, MN. The local DACHSER team presented our setup and services in the US during a business breakfast that morning.

News 08.10.2019
The new DACHSER magazine is here!

DACHSER’s European overland transport network has expanded over the years. The secret has always been putting the right pieces of the puzzle in the right places to complete the overall picture.

Market Information 04.10.2019
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. 

Cars have their electric motors, hybrid drives, and fuel cells, while in international shipping, IMO 2020 is set to improve the industry’s environmental footprint. According to these International Maritime Organization regulations, as of January 1, 2020, ships will be required to reduce their emissions of sulfur oxides by 85 percent. This applies to all fuels used on the open sea around the world. Currently, the overwhelming majority of container ships, oil tankers, freighters, and cruise ships run on some type of marine fuel oil (MFO). IMO 2020 reduces the limit for sulfur in these fuels to just 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent.

International sea transportation generates about one billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, which corresponds to 3 percent of all fine particulate matter created by human activity. In light of this, IMO 2020 is an important step towards achieving a better ecological balance sheet for the industry. As a logistics provider, DACHSER does not operate its own ships, but works with major shipping lines like Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, and others.

In the future, these companies will have a number of more environmentally friendly options available to them. For example, they may choose to continue using heavy oil but also install special exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers). Or they may go for a cheaper and more technically feasible option, which is to switch to alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), very low sulfur fuel (VLSF), or marine diesel oil (MDO) sein. The relevant country’s port authority is responsible for compliance with IMO 2020 and can check this with a detector and the ship’s logs. Violators will be subject to fines, ship detention, or even imprisonment.

DACHSER fuel cost model

Regardless of what option shipping operators choose, IMO 2020 poses huge challenges for their industry. Costs will go up, market share may shift among the various sectors (project cargo shipping vs. container ships, bulk carriers, etc.), to say nothing of the expected impact on refineries and global oil markets. Nevertheless, the shipping lines are rising to the challenge—not only because they have to, but because they are pushing themselves to achieve a better ecological balance sheet. Many carriers have already developed models that allow their customers to calculate fuel costs and allocate them to their sources more accurately.

“Naturally we, too, are interested in finding the most sustainable way to handle our transports,” says Rolf Mertins, Head of Global Management Ocean at DACHSER. “At the same time, we want to offer our customers scheduling reliability. That’s why, based on collaboration with our partner carriers, we’ve developed our own fuel cost model, the DACHSER Bunker Adjustment Reference Floater (DBAF).”  Replacing the Standard Bunker Factor (SBF), the DBAF is calculated based on the fuel prices of all relevant trades and is intended to ensure that customers’ fuel-related costs are covered irrespective of the carrier option.

Market Information 27.09.2019
Brexit: Important information for ASL customers

We face the possible event that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union by the end of October 2019. This will affect shipments from and to the UK and delays are to be expected. Reasons are amongst others that a higher percentage of shipments has to be processed by customs authorities and that European shippers might switch to Air Freight to avoid border controls. We expect delays particularly for shipments that do not move into the UK directly or out of the UK directly but via continental Europe. For example if Sea Freight shipments are unloaded in Rotterdam and then forwarded to the UK via truck and ferry: 

  • Fiscal representation in continental Europe will no longer be possible for goods to the UK. Instead, a transit procedure must be opened.
  • The expected problems in Calais/Dover will cause delays in the delivery of goods to the UK.
  • Incoterms for subsequent deliveries from the EU to the UK may also have to be converted if necessary, as costs for customs clearance have to be included.

Therefore we strongly suggest to ship directly to the UK whenever possible, at least for some time following the Brexit until things clear up.

In addition to that, you can also find our “Brexit checklist” here.

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