The world’s largest logistics company, DHL Global Forwarding recently announced the launch of their new weekly less-than-container load (LCL) rail service between Duisburg, Germany and Chengdu in China, this is the latest expansion to their already extensive multimodal network for Asia-Europe-Asia.
DHL Global Forwarding Greater China CEO, Steve Huang said, “With Sino-German business and economic ties poised to grow stronger, the new LCL service will fill an important gap in what has long been standard for air, sea, and road transport.”
Mr. Huang further added, “The fixed schedule service will not only provide a more frequent and consistent shipping route but one that is agile enough to cater to businesses of all sizes; and adapt to commercial needs based on ongoing economic changes throughout Asia and Europe.”
The new LCL service will have a lead time of just 29 days for door-to-door and will support smaller shipments between Europe and China, meeting the growing demand of lower-volume, ad hoc shipments and just-in-time orders to support the Chinese manufacturing industry.
Mr. Huang continued with, “Since 2008, DHL Global Forwarding has been investing in infrastructure and expanding our network offerings to help make the Belt and Road’s vision of seamless freight connectivity a reality, this latest service will expand our product portfolio to suit all shipment sizes with planned departure schedules for East-bound and West-bound directions. With the recent US$23.6 billion deal signed in July to strengthen trade between Germany and China, our new service will connect people and businesses securely and reliably, bringing a new degree of flexibility that our customers in both regions will enjoy.”