Dachser reported that it generated consolidated gross revenues (including customs duties and import turnover taxes) of €5.71bn in 2016, an increase of 1.7% year-on-year. Growth was spurred by higher shipment and tonnage volumes, which both increased by 2.4% to 80.0m and 38.2m respectively. According to the company, the overall improvement derived from gains in European overland transport and food logistics.
Road Logistics recorded revenues of €4,307m, up by 3.7% on 2015. Its sub-divisions of European Logistics and Food Logistics had revenues of €3,495m and €812m, increases of 2.4% and 9.5% respectively. The former’s growth came on the back of shipments and tonnage rising by 2.2% and 2.3%. The latter’s performance was driven mainly by strong domestic business in Germany’s consumer goods sector. Dachser also suggested that its European network for cross-border food transport did well.
In freight forwarding, Dachser Air & Sea experienced a revenue decline of 3.0% to €1.54bn, with the number of shipments remaining constant. The company attributed lower revenues to “low international freight rates, especially in sea freight, and negative currency effects.” It stated that it was targeting customers outside Europe by expanding intra-Asian transport operations and through the targeted organic growth of its network in the Americas.
Looking ahead, Dachser asserted that its planned investments would amount to €177m in 2017, up from €125m in 2016. The money would mainly be spent on expanding network locations, IT systems and research and development.
Finally, Dachser also suggested that it was developing its contract logistics presence, creating over 350,000 sq m of warehouse space with capacity of over 300,000 pallets in the previous two years. In total, Dachser’s network consists of 2m pallet spaces in almost 200 warehouses across four continents.
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