DB Schenker’s new logistics service for the battery industry

DB Schenker has introduced a new product to meet the rising demand for battery transports and support the turnaround towards e-mobility. 

DB Schenker has introduced a new product to meet the rising demand for battery transports and launched a dedicated service combining individual national and international regulations concerning battery types and transportation modes.

According to forecasts there will be more than 130m electric vehicles on the roads globally and will create new challenges for manufacturers managing the logistics around their supply; transport, return and recycling are complex due to their classification as dangerous goods and have strict legal requirements for transporting and warehousing batteries. 

Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker, said “Batteries are the main drivers of the ongoing electrification of the world. With our global network, we can cover the whole logistics spectrum to create reliable solutions for safe and customised battery transport and storage. We believe that e-mobility will be a key driver towards a more sustainable future. With our new service dedicated to battery logistics, we are proud to be a facilitator of this game-changing development.”

DB Schenker reportedly offers solutions for the complete life cycle of batteries, including the inbound temperature-controlled transport of materials to production sites plus the outbound transport of finished goods in approved and labelled dangerous-goods packaging. The company also enables the storage of batteries separate from other combustible goods, lithium batteries in particular are always kept in dry and well-ventilated areas. It is also offering dust-free warehousing, after-sales services and transport documentation. Additional reverse logistics include the recycling or disposal of batteries according to national legislation and in close cooperation with selected partners, inclusive of damaged or defective batteries.

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Its various modes of transportation enable the company to support these operations further.

  • DB Schenker’s land transport business unit is able to cover up 98% of the demand for ground services for hazardous cargo, including batteries.
  • Ocean freight transport of batteries can be combined with land transport infrastructures to meet the highest standards for comprehensive door-to-door supply chain solutions.
  • In its air freight operations, DB Schenker is working on the acceptance of battery transports on important routes and many of its global air freight sites offer FSR-A standards (Facility Security Requirements), which is the highest level of security certification in the industry.
  • DB Cargo’s intermodal railway transport connections link battery production sites in Europe and China with final customers in various European countries. This solution helps to enable lower transport costs compared to air freight and has shorter lead times compared to ocean freight. Beyond rail transport, the service range includes pre- and on-carriage by truck, transshipments via terminals and railports and various additional activities such as quality monitoring, documentation and customs clearance.

Source: DB Schenker

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