Ferrari races to next Formula 1 logistics challenge

Top DHL executive pleased that 30 years of practice for Australian race makes the move near perfect

Ferrari races to next Formula 1 logistics challenge
Pierluigi Ferrari


One of the most regular transport and logistics visitors to Australia has given its import and export systems a big thumbs up.

DHL’s Global Forwarding Motorsport Deputy Managing Director Pierluigi Ferrari ranks Australia amongst the easiest countries deal with when transporting Formula 1 motorsport equipment around the world.

But, as the aptly named Ferrari points out: "We’ve been coming here for 30 years."

And next year will also be the 30th year the sport has been using Gibson Freight as its local trucking contractor.

Gibson is responsible for the Customs and Quarantine clearance of all incoming freight on charter aircrafts and the road transfer to the Albert Park Circuit which includes the positioning of the purpose built containers in team pit bays and the Formula One television compound.

Additionally about 50 teu in shipping containers of tyres and support equipment must be transferred from Melbourne wharves, positioned in the Formula One paddock at Albert Park and unpacked.

But, as Australian racing fans await the outcome of Red Bull’s appeal on the stripping of local driver Daniel Ricciardo’s second place, Ferrari  now has eyes only for dismantling the set-up at Melbourne’s Albert Park and shifting all that he has helped import from Bahrain into Australia off to Malaysia for the next race.

As Ferrari describes it, the task for DHL is monumental, complex and has grown exponentially in the time it has been held in Australia.

When the Grand Prix was first held in Adelaide, teams weighed in at about five tonnes each.

That has grown to 35-40 tonnes, while electronics and TV equipment has grown as well.

And shifting the total of 600 tonnes to 20 circuits globally is a multimodal operation as well, with 150 containers going by sea, up to 100 trucks used in each country and five 747 freighter aircraft involved in airfreight.

"It’s definitely a job that absorbs you," Ferrari says.

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