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Market Information 10.12.2019
New regulatory requirements for lithium batteries and cells as of January 1, 2020

Before lithium batteries and cells can be transported, they must pass certain tests. These tests simulate various conditions with regard to, for example, pressure, temperature, crushing and impact that may arise during shipping.

On January 1, 2020, more stringent requirements concerning lithium batteries and cells will come into effect for all modes of transport worldwide. In future, a test summary compliant with UN 38.3.5 must be submitted for all lithium batteries and cells manufactured after June 30, 2003 (i.e. UN3480, UN3481, UN3091, UN3090), as well as for all battery-powered vehicles manufactured after June 30, 2003 (i.e. UN 3171). Doing so will be the joint responsibility of the manufacturers and the distributors of these goods.

According to the airlines, carriers and shipping companies, these documents can be requested from DACHSER. We therefore kindly ask our customers to make these documents available to us for all the lithium batteries and cells mentioned, soAccording to the airlines, carriers and shipping companies that we can, in turn, make them available throughout the entire supply chain.

We hereby inform our customers that, as of January 1, 2020, it will no longer be possible to load the affected goods without these documents. For further information, please click here.

Please contact your local DACHSER representative if you have any questions.

Press Release 05.12.2019
Ralf Meistes receives 2019 DIY Lifetime Award

The German Retailers’ Association for Home Improvement, Building, and Gardening (BHB) honors Dachser’s long-standing Head of DIY-Logistics.

The 14th DIY Lifetime Award goes to a logistics specialist for the first time: Ralf Meistes, Department Head DACHSER DIY-Logistics, accepted the award for outstanding contributions to the DIY industry yesterday evening at the BHB DIY market congress.

Market Information 05.12.2019
The unexpected happens more often than you think

Long distances and a large number of participants can increase the complexity of the supply chain. A transportation accident, a tropical storm or damage in a port terminal can result in increased costs.

The liability per law is limited, leaving you with a considerable uncovered financial gap.

As an example, if the value of your goods, transported over the sea is $100/kg, your legal liability would be $2.8/kg, leaving you with a $97.2/kg financial gap (according to the Hague-Visby Rules). With DACHSER’s Transport Insurance Air & Sea you get full coverage of your good with zero deductible.

DACHSER Transport Insurance AIR & Sea provides you with:

  • Customized, comprehensive best in class all-risk no-deductible insurance
  • Door-to-door coverage
  • Internationally recognized standard conditions (DTV 2000/2008, ICC-A)
  • Individualized risk and premium calculation
  • Cost transparency thanks to the billing of premiums on a per-shipment basis
  • Insurance advice on national, international and multimodal shipments, as well as warehouse activities
  • Specialized insurance department provides support in all matters
Press Release 04.12.2019
Dachser and terre des hommes step up their collaboration

In their joint grassroots projects, it is patience, perseverance, and establishing local and cultural roots that prove to be the recipe for success.

Market Information 03.12.2019
National strike in France

The call for a National strike action on December 5, 2019 – raised last September is unfortunately still happening and, this Thursday, might become a “black Thursday”.

Unions, either trade or corporation, together with the “gilets jaunes” will demonstrate all over the national territory.

The protest movement becomes wider and wider and heavy disruptions are expected to interfere with transport and logistic activities: pick-up and delivery might be postponed and even cancelled.

Below are the main impacts on air, sea and rail activities:

  • Terminals in Le Havre, Fos sur Mer and Strasbourg shall be closed with no in (import) and out (export) movements on December 5th
  • Pick-up and delivery by barge or rail should be also very difficult
  • Air controllers have given a strike notice from December 5th up to December 7th, which may impact short and medium-haul flights and some of the long-haul flights al well, if the strike continues
  • Some unions representing the ground handling workers have also called for a renewable strike action from December 5th, and shipments might not be handled in time to catch the flights booked
  • Railway unions are also part of the protest.

Generally speaking, the pick-up and/or delivery of any shipment planned this week might be delayed or even postponed: road accesses to the main cities, as well as to both ports and airports might be blocked.

Rest assured that our operational teams will do their best to minimize the effects of this day and keep you posted on a regular basis of any development – bearing in mind that no boarding or uplifting guarantee will be given.

Please reach your usual contacts for a close follow up or for any question you may have.

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.

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