Starting in mid-January, logistics service provider Dachser resumes its weekly air charter from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, becoming a year-round service.
“At the end of last year, the effect of increased e-commerce became especially evident in the load factors and intensified the shortfall in capacity,” says Timo Stroh, head of Global Air Freight at Dachser.
This demand will reappear with the typical run-up to the Chinese New Year period in February, he says. By establishing its own network with dedicated capacity last year, Dachser says it created “security and stability” for its customers on the most important freight lanes between Europe, Asia, and the US.
“Our dedicated own Dachser air network capacity provides our customers with security and makes us less vulnerable to the fallout from volatile market events,” Stroh adds.
Apart from the Hong Kong-Frankfurt connection, the company also offers the same charter service for the Frankfurt-Chicago route and return.
By developing its air network capacity, Dachser says it is responding to market demand. The programme’s fixed transit times make the service reliable and enable customers to plan ahead, it highlights.
And by combining its Road Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics networks, Dachser says it is able to respond quickly to changing route situations in Europe and accelerate the pickup and delivery processes.
“With this global network capability, we can offer our customers a robust and reliable capacity solution,” Stroh says.
An expansion of the Dachser air network is planned for the second quarter in order to position the logistics service provider to be prepared to handle the uncertain market environment in 2021.