Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Intermodal Freight Service Opens from Europe to China

First Eastbound Train Headed for Zhengzhou
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – CHINA – DB Schenker has continued extension of its intermodal European – Chinese services with its first ever freight train from Hamburg to Zhengzhou in central China this month. Organised together with the Port Authority of Zhengzhou in Henan Province the service began last month with trains running East to West but this trip saw forty one containers loaded with industrial robots and other goods for an international technology firm.

The train to Zhengzhou takes around seventeen days for the 10,214 kilometre trip through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to China, beating the ocean route by around twenty days, and DB Schenker has been running regular weekly block-train services between China and Germany since 2011. Management Board Member for Transportation and Logistics at DB Mobility Logistics AG, Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, commented:

"Our customers benefit from the experience DB Schenker has been able to accumulate over many years, for the transport of goods by rail from and to China. The ever increasing goods traffic with China offers a lot of potential, and at the same time we see an increase for transports to China by rail as well."

DB Schenker maintains a hefty presence in China with over 5,000 staff working from 160 facilities in 62 cities across the country and claims it has transported 40,000 TEU between China and Europe since 2012.

Photo: The first Zhengzhou to Hamburg train arriving last month.