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Dachser's global 2018 net revenue up 6pc to US$6.6b


German logistics provider Dachser SE says its US subsidiary expanded twice as fast as its overall business, after Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics registered revenue growth of 11.9 per cent to US$221 million in 2018.
Worldwide, the group's consolidated net revenue expanded by 5.5 per cent to EUR5.57 billion (US$6.58 billion) last year. Globally, its shipment numbers rose by 2.5 per cent to 83.7 million; tonnage was up three per cent to 41.3 million tonnes, reported American Shipper.
European export business remains the primary growth driver for the company, and the company said it achieved new records in terms of shipment volumes, tonnage and workforce.
Chief Executive Officer Bernhard Simon said: "By 2018 it was clear that logistics had to focus on the discipline of scarce resources management. Against this backdrop, it is important to handle growth with purpose and manage it such that we maintain a healthy balance between quality, processes and costs. Only sustainable growth will benefit our employees and customers."
Dachser's road logistics business, which comprises the transport and storage of industrial goods and food, saw its consolidated net revenue increase by 6.6 per cent to EUR4.47 billion. Within this total, the European logistics business line accounted for EUR3.55 billion, while food logistics contributed EUR917 million.
The company said its air and sea logistics business environment again suffered volatility. As a result of exchange-rate effects, falling freight rates and a drop in volume on the China-Europe trade route, consolidated net revenue remained flat at EUR1.19 billion. A 2.9 per cent decrease in the number of shipments was offset by tonnage growth - mainly in sea freight - of 6.6 per cent.
Dachser said investment in personnel, capacities and innovations is vital to its future growth. In 2018 it invested EUR126 million in logistics facilities, IT systems and technical equipment. This year the company plans to spend up to EUR234 million in these areas. The company said it also places a strong emphasis on training professional drivers.
"We have 207 people training to become professional drivers through Dachser Service & Ausbildungs GmbH, which makes us one of the largest driver training centres in Germany. Our next step is to broaden our focus to include logistics operatives in transit terminals and warehouses," Mr Simon added.

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