Driving a truck from 17?
The SPD and CDU parliamentary groups in Lower Saxony have introduced a motion in parliament that would make accompanied driving possible at the age of 17, also for the HGV driving licence. If those interested in the profession leave school at the age of 16, they would then no longer have to wait two years to take the driving test.

Source: DVZ

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19 per cent fewer parcels carried by Deutsche Post in Q1 2022
The parcel boom slowed somewhat again in the first quarter of 2022, according to Deutsche Post DHL: the Group carried 19 per cent fewer items in this period than in the exceptionally strong prior-year period – but now expects volumes to increase again. Post chief financial officer Melanie Kreis said the expectation was that there would be “structural dynamic growth, as we saw before the Covid pandemic.”

Source: DPA

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Price of pallet wood rises by 78 per cent
Pallet wood continues to get more expensive: it costs 78 per cent more in April 2022 than in the previous month. It is already the fifth increase in a row and compared to the beginning of 2020, it has even more than tripled. This is shown by the solid wood price index for wooden pallets.
Source: BUNDESVERBAND HOLZPACKMITTEL, PALETTEN, EXPORTVERPACKUNG E.V

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85 percent of companies miss digital technologies in the supply chain
Due to the pandemic-related delays in the supply chain, three-fourth of the companies surveyed in a McKinsey study have problems with their supplier base, production and distribution. But there is also a lack of digital technologies:, among other things, make the supply chain more transparent and thus enable better planning: 85 per cent said they struggled with this. Nine out of ten managers want to change this.
Source: MCKINSEY

Euro VI trucks

to pay 0.7 to 1.9 cents more per kilometer in tolls
According to a draft by the Federal Ministry of Transport to amend the Federal Long-distance Road Toll Act, the charges for the HGV toll in Germany are to increase at the beginning of 2023. The main reason for this is the new partial toll rates for the air pollution and noise pollution costs caused. Trucks with emission class VI are to pay 0.7 to a maximum of 1.9 cents more per kilometre, Euro II trucks up to 10 cents more.

Source: DVZ

China overtakes USA by 2026
The Asia-Pacific region is currently the largest international contract logistics market by region – with a volume of approximately 94.6 billion euros. According to the British market researchers from Transport Intelligence (TI), the value is expected to grow to 102.7 billion by 2022. In the process, China alone will overtake the volume of the USA by 2026, according to the experts. In 2021, the global contract logistics market is expected to grow by 7.1 percent which is above expectations of 6.5 percent.
Source: TRANSPORT INTELLIGENCE

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Profits of the top forwarders grow by 49.1 per cent in 2021
The turnover of six globally active logistics companies rose to 149.7 billion in 2021 – 49.1 per cent more than in the previous year. DHL, Kühne + Nagel (KN), DB Schenker, DSV, Expeditors and C.H. Robinson more than doubled their EBIT by 105.2 per cent to 10.91 billion euros. Expeditors leads the way with 11.6 per cent.

Source: DVZ

12 per cent of all shipped goods are stuck in traffic jams
According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), about 12 per cent of all goods shipped worldwide were stuck in April 2022 – because the number of shipping containers in congestion has increased again. In 2021, the figure was only higher in two months.
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

3 research institutes and 16 companies launch study on driver shortage

A consortium of three research institutes and 16 companies is launching a study to investigate the causes and consequences of driver shortages for transport companies and their customers, and what can be done to counter them. Under the title “Meeting capacity bottlenecks in logistics”, recommendations for action, solutions and roadmaps are to be developed. Results will already be published later this year at: logistik-digitalisierung.de

Source: Christian Kille

25 per cent more turnover in transport and storage
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the transport and warehousing sector recorded high turnover growth of 25 per cent compared to the same period last year. The aviation sector was particularly pleased: it doubled its turnover.

Source: DESTATIS

Almost every third truck driver is over 55 years old
There is already a shortage of about 80,000 drivers in transport and logistics. 32.4 percent of the drivers currently on the road are over 55 years old – about 180,000 men and women. When they retire in the next ten years, the existing shortage will worsen considerably.

Source: Study by the Competence Centre for Securing Skilled Labour (Kofa) at the Institute of the German Economy (IW)

350 parking spaces at Europe’s best truck rest area
In the first awarding of the title “European Truck Parking of the Year”, the Truck Etape Beziers rest area on the A9 in southern France won. In addition to 350 parking spaces, it offers good sanitary facilities, a shuttle service to a nearby hotel and a 24-hour restaurant where truck drivers can eat for 30 percent less. Guests can watch broadcasts of football matches, actively play football and petanque themselves – or rent a bicycle free of charge to ride to the nearest town or to the beach 10 kilometres away.
Source: European Organisation for Safe Parking (ESPORG)

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15 per cent less goods underway on the Red Sea
The Red Sea is one of the most important shipping trade routes between Europe and Asia. According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), 15 percent fewer goods than usual are currently on the move there. This suggests that the measures China is using to combat the coronavirus variant Omikron could again lead to congestion and thus slow down global logistics chains.
Source: Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
million euros in damage due to cargo theft
Despite the Corona lockdowns, there were many cases of cargo theft again in 2021: the German Insurance Association (GDV) estimates the insurance loss in Germany alone at around 300 million euros.

Source: GDV

IT professionals missing
Digitalisation increasingly lacks personnel: According to Bitkom, 96,000 positions for IT professionals across all sectors were unfilled in 2021 – 12 percent more than the year before. “Digitisation is the answer to the pandemic, location competition and climate crisis, but there is a lack of experts to shape and drive digitisation,” says Bitkom President Achim Berg. “The tight situation on the IT labour market is slowing down digitisation.”
Source: Bitkom e.V.

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10 per cent weaker economy due to shift back of international production
Global supply chains do not weaken the German economy, they actually strengthen it: according to the Ifo Institute in Munich, a shift back of international production would reduce German economic output by almost 10 percent. This is because less competitive activities would then suddenly gain large shares in the mix of German value added and reduce productivity.
Source: Ifo-Institut
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increase in the price index for pallet wood
Prices for pallet wood are rising again: In January 2022, the solid wood price index for wooden pallets increased by 4 percent compared to December 2021. Previously, it had been declining since September. At 349 points, the index is 59 percent higher than the previous year’s level, and even 123 percent higher compared to the beginning of 2020.

Source: www.dvz.de

Every 7th euro goes into e-commerce
Prices for pallet wood are rising again: In January 2022, the solid wood price index for wooden pallets increased by 4 percent compared to December 2021. Previously, it had been declining since September. At 349 points, the index is 59 percent higher than the previous year’s level, and even 123 percent higher compared to the beginning of 2020.
Source: Bundesverband Holzpackmittel, Paletten, Exportverpackung e.V.
322 Takeovers announced in the transport and logistics industry
According to the transport and logistics barometer of the auditing firm PWC, never before have so many deals with a value of more than 50 million US dollars been announced on the transaction market in the transport and logistics industry worldwide as in 2021: There were 322 takeovers – which means an increase of around 32 percent compared to the previous year. The number of megadeals with a volume of more than 1 billion dollars each has also more than doubled.
Source: PWC
5 months Order backlog for semiconductors
Semiconductors are still in short supply – yet the German electrical and digital industry urgently needs supplies to meet the planned growth. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), the demand for microchips is currently significantly higher than the production volume available worldwide. ZVEI does not expect any improvement before mid-2022.
Source: German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI)