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DSV expects buoyant consumer demand to keep global trading crisis at bay

After completing the purchase of Panalpina in August, Danish logistics giant DSV is optimistic that the economic headwinds buffeting global trade will not prove too damaging.

Although both Germany and the U.K. saw negative gross domestic product growth in the second quarter and the U.S.-China trade war is causing global uncertainty, Michael Hollstein, senior director of carrier relations at DSV, believes buoyant consumer demand in Europe is keeping container volumes flowing.

And on the transpacific container trade, DSV’s ocean volumes are also currently “steady,” although U.S. buyers are switching sourcing of goods to China alternatives as a result of the U.S.-China trade war.

“The current volume flows on the transpacific trade are still rather stable, but we noticed that a certain amount of volume has shifted from China to other southeast Asian countries,” he told FreightWaves.

“The threat of material higher import costs due to duties for goods ex China drives buyers in the U.S. to look for alternative suppliers in Asia. Despite that, we have not seen a massive drop in volume on the transpacific yet, but we have seen a shift in supplier locations.”

However, rising tariffs and protectionism have created a climate of uncertainty that is impacting investment worldwide.

“The entire discussion around the trade war and the further deployment of even higher penalty duties leads to more and more uncertainty on a global basis,” said Hollstein.

“We are not saying that this is the root cause for the cooldown in the global economy, but it can be seen as one of the drivers.”

As a result, companies are now “reluctant” to make big investment decisions as macroeconomic uncertainty due to the U.S.-China trade war buffets confidence.

“Europe has a lot of engineering competence, but in an environment in which producers and consumers are uncertain and prefer to watch what the future will bring, there is no need for technology adventures or investments. These are being pushed forward,” he said. “This of course leads to less global trade. 

“Local and national consumption in most of the European countries is still high. Without that we most likely would see much stronger signals of a crisis.”

DSV was ranked the sixth-largest 3PL in the world in 2018 with revenues of about $12.5 billion, according to Armstrong & Associates. Its $5.5 billion acquisition of Swiss forwarder Panalpina and its 2018 revenue of $6.2 billion saw the combined DSV Panalpina entity jump to fourth place in the global rankings, behind DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding ($28 billion revenue in 2018), Kuehne + Nagel ($25.3 billion) and DB Schenker ($20 billion).

DSV reported earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of 1.63 billion Danish kroner ($243 million) in the second quarter of 2019, up 4.1% year-on-year.

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Mike King

After a decade in Asia, Mike is now based in the U.K. Growing up in a prominent Liverpool trucking family, he could shrink wrap a pallet and load a 40ft container with a forklift before his teen years. More by accident than design, his career in journalism led him back to his origins. Some 20 years later and after multiple editorships, highlights include covering Asia for JOC, becoming one of the youngest ever magazine editors at Lloyd’s and running the news desk at IFW/Lloyd’s Loading List. Recent business journalism award wins include Seahorse Air Cargo Journalist of the Year in 2012, Supply Chain Journalist of Year in 2016 and News Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017. In 2018 he was named the International Road Transport Union Journalist of the Year. Mike also has a long history working with NGOs fighting deforestation and corruption in Indonesia, he runs a charity in Nepal and has spent a decade investigating corruption and human rights abuses on behalf of a leading commercial risk intelligence company. He loves Liverpool FC and is a regular participant in the World Bog Snorkeling Championships.

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