Global 3PL Dachser achieved group revenues of $5.9 billion in 2011, a 13-percent, year-over-year, increase. Propelling this growth was Dachser’s international air and sea logistics sector, which saw revenues exceeding $1.5 billion for the first time ever, a 17 percent, year-over-year, surge.
In total, Dachser handled 40.9 million tonnes of goods last year, which translated to 49.3 million shipments during the 12-month period.
Bernhard Simon, head of Dachser’s management board, said these numbers point to an industry-wide phenomenon. “Following the economic crisis and a period of recovery, the markets stabilized again somewhat last year,” he said in a statement. “Dachser was able to return to the growth trend we have defined as ideal for long-term business expansion.”
According to a press release, Dachser expects to post double-digit revenue growth again in 2012, along with investing in the expansion of its European and international network. In fact, the company anticipates spending nearly $1.7 billion to develop its European overland transport network in the next five years. Dachser is also eying growth in its air and sea logistics sector, aiming to increase revenues to $2.8 billion by 2017.
Mickey Diaz, who was recently named director of U.S. airfreight for Dachser Transport of America, told Air Cargo World that the company is also focused on growing its U.S. operations.
“Dachser continues to make significant investment in its U.S. network to provide value-added services like supply-chain consulting, export and import compliance consulting, letter of credit services, logistics execution and transportation services to meet the demands and needs of shippers so they can do what they do best,” she said.