February 2023

Röhlig Asia Logistics Newsletter

[Translate to Deutsch:] birds eye view of warehouse and trucks


February 2023 - The New Year has welcomed major changes to China's strict Zero-Covid policy, with restrictions being lifted nationwide. Capacity and equipment remain available across Asia, while falling rates are expected to stabalise in the near future.

Download PDF Contact Us

Or read online by clicking the regions below:

Greater China

  • The market continues to recover following the lifting of pandemic prevention measures nationwide on January 8.

  • Röhlig Logistics will be exhibiting at SIAL in Shanghai from May 18-20.


  • Rates remain stable but in decline.

  • No current capacity issues.



  • No sign of recovery yet for low market and rates.

  • Terminal and logistics operations have returned to normal after the holiday period.

  • Capacity is nearing usual levels as more carriers return to the China market.

  • International passenger flights to Chengdu will move to the newer Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU).  Freighters and passenger flights to HKG/MFM/TPE will remain at CTU airport.



  • Westbound rates remain stable with eastbound routes climbing slightly.

  • While equipment is available on all routes, westbound space to Germany is tight this month. Eastbound space from Germany is available.

  • Some delays at origin for westbound services, with Xi’an currently offering the most stable schedules.

  • Customers are advised to provide a forecast for Europe-bound cargo as soon as possible.

  • Selected rail routings are available from China to Europe on a case-by-case basis. Contact our Rail Team at  

South Korea


  • Big drop in rates between South Korea and Intra-Asia services.

  • There is potential for another trucking strike in the first half of the year which could cause further delays as seen in 2022.

  • Our team can offer efficient, reliable and cost-effective direct services.


  • Services have returned to normal with stable rates following the holiday period.



  • Capacity and equipment available.

  • Declining volumes in Vietnam leave ocean freight slightly cheaper compared to the start of the year.


  • Rates expected to remain stable.

  • Capacity available in the market with demand unlikely to waver in the near future. Freighter services expected to increase due to post-Lunar New Year demand.

  • All airports operating normally with no delays or congestion.



  • Rates continue to fall in the last month of the financial year. However, with rising demand and liner poised to cut sailings, rates are expected to stablise soon.

  • Equipment and capacity available at ports. Recommend a 4-week running forecast in order to secure equipment at the hinterlands. This will help to avoid delays and changing rates in order to secure the next available vessel.


  • Ex-India rates remain stable this month with space available.

  • No current delays or challenges at airports impacting operations.

  • Our India team can now offer regular weekly air consols Ex-Italy, Germany to Mumbai, India. Contact your local office to learn more.


DISCLAIMER - All information is provided in good faith for guidance and reference purposes only. It is of a general informational nature, and Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG takes no legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided via this document. Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information contained herein and accepts no liability for any loss arising from the use of the information provided.

Röhlig Asia Logistics Newsletter