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DB Schenker provides Team GB logistics support ahead of Tokyo 2020

With under four months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in 2021, Team GB has partnered with globally renowned logistics provider DB Schenker.

DB Schenker, based in Middlesex, will have the task of delivering 27 containers-worth of sporting equipment, food items and home from home necessities to ensure that athletes have the best possible environment when they arrive at Team GB’s pre-Games Preparation Camps and into the Olympic Village.

Team GB has an impressive pre-Games Preparation Camp, which incorporates Keio University, Yokohama International Pool, Todoroki Stadium, as well as the Yokohama Intercontinental Grand Hotel, all of which provide venues to train, prepare and rest and recover ahead of the Games starting on July 23rd.

The home away from home environment is something that Team GB prides itself on at Games-time with athletes not wanting for anything when it comes to things such as sleep kits, their favourite tea bags or pots of peanut butter.

There will be a total of 27 freight containers that would cover a football field, which will contain 550 pallets worth of goods making their way to Tokyo, including over 1500 water bottles, 600 pillow packs and 500 bags of Team GB pin badges to name but a few. These containers will set sail from Southampton in the next fortnight.

In addition to this huge shipment of Team GB goods, DB Schenker are providing logistics, transport, freight forwarding, warehousing and set-up in Tokyo. They are also providing land, air and ocean freight services, along with their expertise on and extensive knowledge of large-scale handling of goods and freight internationally.


Focussed on sustainability, Team GB are minimising their carbon footprint by opting to send almost all of their shipment by ocean with DB Schenker.


DB Schenker will also be providing their services and support to Team GB for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, in February 2022.


British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said: “We’re proud to be working with such a globally recognised company as DB Schenker.


“One of the key elements of Team GB is the provision of a comprehensive performance environment for athletes to train and prepare as they get ready for the biggest sporting moment of their careers.


“The delivery of key training equipment and other vital items to Tokyo is a complex process but working with an organisation as professional as DB Schenker gives us great confidence that when the athletes arrive in country, they will have a fantastic set-up.”


Ray Hennessy, CEO at DB Schenker UK said: “As the world begins to emerge from the global pandemic the Tokyo Olympic Games will symbolise optimism, confidence and positivity. Team GB will once again lift our spirits and make us proud.

“Three of the core values of DB Schenker; Push Limits, One Team with One Goal and Winning Together epitomise the spirit of the Olympics and we are honoured to partner Team GB. Supporting the team to bring home gold, with our global transportation and logistics expertise, delivering essential equipment from sporting apparel to physio couches.”

For more information contact thomas.rowland@teamgb.com