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Experts in Moving Perishables Around the Globe

The traditionally fragmented Perishables supply chain model, still dominant in most markets, is slowly moving towards a total supply chain – either entirely controlled by the origin shipper or by the final consignee. DHL Global Forwarding helps the actors of the sector address the change and the new needs of consumers worldwide. 

The Perishables Market Today and Our Customers’ Challenges

In 2020, about 10 Million TEU of Food/Perishables have been transported via Ocean Reefer Containers globally, reflecting close to 7% of all shipped volumes. The Containerized Reefer Market in particular has grown by 25% in the last 5 years! More than 55% of all Perishables are moved fresh, and therefore have to be transported with highest attention and expertise.

Even if there is an observable trend towards the consumption of local products, there is still a significant global appetite for consumers to enjoy new, exotic Perishables that they haven’t tasted before. To serve a consumer base showing always more diverse preferences, our Customers need to address three key challenges:

  • Staying close to the market to adapt to challenges and the continuous changes in supply chain control
  • Missing/limited transport innovations
  • Ensuring that cargo is moving and arriving on time, and in the right condition

The DHL Reefer Foods Value Proposition

DHL Global Forwarding strives to enable producers and retailers to have a stronger control of their overseas Perishables supply chain – from door to door.

As the global leaders in Ocean Freight Reefer shipping, we can secure space with all major ocean carriers. Along with our cold chain logistics expertise, experience in Perishable cargo handling and deep knowledge of the Food markets, this enables us to offer replicable, end-to-end refrigerated logistics solutions – from multiple origins, to multiple destinations. The strength of the DHL network means that producers can access new markets knowing that their products will always be delivered in the best, freshest conditions.

Our IT solutions provide end-to-end visibility and control over your shipments. Where necessary, we can design tailor-made supply chain services such as vendor management, data integration and control towers in our Perishables shipping solutions.

Reefer Flexitanks – the Next Generation

Next-generation Flexitanks allows consistent, secure shipping at negative or positive temperatures:

  • Cold chain environment
    Fruit juices – Concentrate or not from concentrate, chilled or frozen
  • Warm chain environment
    Products that must be warm to achieve a “pumpable” consistency:
    Fish oils, coconut oils, palm oils, etc.

We ran the numbers. Flexitanks enable you to reduce waste, labor, transport costs and warehouse space usage throughout the supply chain:

  • With less storage space and 76 to 90% faster load time compared to IBC Totes or Drums, labor costs for cargo loading can be reduced by up to 76%, and the clean warehouse space needed by up to 100%.

  • With a lower weight than traditional drums, up to 31% more product can be shipped, reducing logistic costs by up to 20% per metric ton. 

  • With less storage space needed than steel drums or totes, and a lower disposal cost, warehouse space can be reduced by up to 100% and waste management costs by up to 95%.

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