DHL Global Forwarding continues its long-standing partnership as the official global logistics partner for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Celebrating its 12th consecutive year, DHL facilitated the international and domestic transportation and customs clearance for Round 6 of the championship, “6 Hours of Fuji,” which took place at Japan’s renowned Fuji Speedway from September 8 to 10.
The “6 Hours of Fuji” witnessed the delivery of race cars and a vast array of team/series equipment, including spares, tires, and fuel. The shipment arrived at Tokyo Port in late August, originating from Monza, Italy, where Round 5 was staged. Over 515 tons of ocean freight, including racing cars, safety cars, and other motorsport equipment were transported for the Japan leg in Fuji.
Fuji, Japan leg of FIA World Endurance Championship. Photo credit: FIA WEC
“In a sport where every second counts, it’s crucial that all equipment and vehicles arrive safely and on time to Japan and Bahrain after the local race. Our 12-year partnership with FIA WEC is a testament to our expertise and dedication in providing reliable, punctual logistics solutions,” said Karsten Michaelis, President/Representative Director, DHL Global Forwarding Japan.
“With nearly 40 years of experience in motorsport logistics, we are beyond proud to continue our role in this incredible global sporting event.”
Award ceremony at Fuji, Japan leg of FIA World Endurance Championship. Photo credit: FIA WEC
Under the coordination of DHL Global Forwarding Motorsport teams in Germany and Japan, the teams handled both international and domestic transportation, ensuring seamless customs clearance for all vehicles and equipment entering and leaving Japan. Ensuring everything runs like clockwork, the team’s duties extend beyond merely transporting. They manage various responsibilities, including trucking, documentation management, on-site coordination, and supervising all ad hoc shipments.
Post the thrilling race in Japan, all equipment is set to embark on its journey to Bahrain for the series finale, with most of the assets making their sustainable voyage via DHL’s chartered ocean freight in 75 containers.
Spanning across seven diverse global locations, the FIA WEC series has become one of the most sought-after motorsport events for teams, partners, enthusiasts, and media outlets worldwide.
Top photo credit: DHL Global Forwarding. Cars being brought to Fuji.