DHL and Landbell Group announce strategic partnership
DHL Supply Chain, the world’s leading logistics provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Landbell Group, the leading environmental specialist for compliance schemes. The partnership creates a major new disruptor in the market, offering the most comprehensive change to international compliance and takeback services.
Together, DHL and Landbell Group will provide customers with a seamless environmental management service, fully compliant with EU legislation. The innovative partnership will allow customers to streamline their operations by accessing best-in-class service from a single provider, rather than the traditional approach of addressing supply chain management and producer responsibility compliance separately.
For its part, DHL will offer end-to-end supply chain expertise and resource management through
its EnviroSolutions service which provides a range of global solutions to support businesses in reaching their environmental sustainability targets, including collecting and recycling waste streams. As a shareholder in the European Recycling Platform (ERP), Landbell Group will leverage its expertise in international producer responsibility compliance for electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, PV modules and packaging. As part of the agreement DHL will divest its Data and Regulatory Compliance Services to Landbell.
“Our partnership with Landbell Group delivers a fantastic new solution for our customers, revolutionising how businesses access waste management and compliance services,” explains Paul Richardson, Managing Director, Specialist Services, DHL Supply Chain. “Today’s announcement is a game-changer - not only offering the broadest solution in Europe but one that’s unrivalled in both scope and expertise.”
“Supply chain and resource management can prove a complex challenge for businesses,” adds Jan Patrick Schulz, CEO of the Landbell Group. “This is why we are confident that our new partnership with DHL will be of huge benefit to our customers. By pooling our expertise, we will lower market entry barriers by offering customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution for all of their environmental, supply chain and compliance needs.”
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EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”