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DHL Freight: Holiday Traffic During Weeks 27-35

Applies to all international products

2024-06-24 During weeks 27-35, DHL Freight has holiday traffic. This means that we may maintain our traffic with lower capacity and fewer departures, and thus in some cases longer lead times than during normal weeks.

Our international traffic can be affected in different ways. In Germany for example, we reduce traffic to every other day during certain weeks. During the summer, we also have to take into account that ferry capacity for freight traffic is reduced, and in some cases, such as the UK, some departures are cancelled completely.

Passenger traffic is prioritised on many ferry routes, which may lead to delays in traffic to and from the continent and Finland/Baltics/Central Europe during these weeks.

On the continent, driving restrictions for heavy traffic are introduced during the period in several countries, for example in France, Germany, Poland, Austria. This is mainly done in connection with weekends, which affects our lead times negatively. In Germany, for example, there is a driving ban on Saturdays from July 1 to August 31.

The Mediterranean countries, and Italy in particular, are shutting down forcefully during the month of August. Most DHL Freight terminals in Italy are also closed during these weeks. We will not have information about the exact impact until the latter part of the summer.

Traffic in Germany will be affected during the UEFA European Championship, which runs from June 14 to July 14. The Paris region will be affected by the Olympics from July 26 to August 11 and the Paralympics from August 28 to September 8. During these large events and both before and after, our transports can be affected with longer lead times.

Regardless of whether it concerns a booking of domestic or international transport, we ask you to have longer advance planning with your bookings during these weeks and to ensure that your recipients are not closed for holidays. In this way, we can together ensure that the goods arrive on time.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact our Customer Service on 0771 345 345.