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Dachser opens offices in 21 new countries

  29.08.2012    

Forwarder Dachser Air & Sea Logistics has announced that despite the gloomy economy, it will soon open offices in 21 new countries and will enlarge its activities in Vietnam to cope with the shift in the company' most important trade lanes, according to the Shipping Gazette. 
The company' managing director, Thomas Reuter, explained that while the China-Europe and China-US trades are where officials see the most opportunity, new countries are becoming hotspots for the organisation.
"When we talk about retail and fashion, it can be seen that trades have switched from China toward countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam," he said. "But also, other countries are becoming more and more important ... like Colombia and Indonesia."
Last year, the company handled 50,000 tonnes of air freight and took in nearly US$6 million in total gross revenue. "From our perspective, we experienced a successful year on air freight in 2011," Mr Reuter said.
While air freight is an important part of Dachser's business, the company also does a healthy bit of sea freight business. In this time of high fuel prices, he's seen customers favour the sea freight side of transportation options, but he also knows that some customers can't easily make the switch from air freight to sea freight. For those customers, and really, for everyone involved in shipping, Mr Reuter said the coming months will be tough, according to Atlanta-area Air Cargo World News.
"Air and sea freight are very volatile businesses, where it is hard to predict the next months to come; the air and sea freight business is tightly connected with the international economy," he added. "In times like these - when European economies are losing ground, when the US economy is on hold due to the presidential elections, and even China starts lowering their own economic expectations - it really does become a challenging environment for the air and sea freight forwarder."
Despite the gloomy global economy, Mr Reuter can see the way forwards. "With continued perseverance and a bit of expansion, perhaps bigger things are in store for the company," he said.


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