Monday, May 22, 2017

New Overland Intermodal Rail Freight Service Starts as Part of Belt and Road Initiative

Global Forwarding and Chinese Supply Chain Group Team Up for Multimodal Project
Shipping News Feature
BELARUS – CHINA – DHL Global Forwarding has launched a regular service with a Chinese supply chain group connecting Shenzhen in China to Minsk, Belarus via rail. The new intermodal route, which takes 12 days, covers new overland connections to several major cities along China's 'Belt and Road' initiative, and is the latest route in the DHL Asia-Europe-Asia multimodal network.

DHL will manage the new route together with China Brilliant, an integrated service provider in global manufacturing and consumption with which DHL signed an MOU last year. Offering both Less-than-Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL) services along the route, the partnership plans to meet the rapidly growing and evolving market demands for electronics, industrial and automotive parts, and fresh food in both Eastern Europe and China. Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China, said:

"Eastern Europe's economies are growing faster than almost any others worldwide, with significant export opportunities arising from the region's rising wages and disposable income levels. Minsk offers Chinese businesses an efficient gateway into the Baltic States and Nordic countries in addition to other major European destinations like Warsaw, Hamburg and Tilburg via Brest."

"With Shenzhen's economy exceeding expectations to grow by 9% last year, the route also opens sizable opportunities for European exporters looking to sell to one of China's most vibrant trade and business hubs, or use it as an important gateway to Southeast Asia and the rest of the Chinese consumer market."

The new route will transit through the Alashankou-Dostyk rail juncture which already services several other multimodal services, including rail connections from Chengdu, Zhengzhou, and Lianyungang to continental Europe. Zhang Chunhua, Founder of the China Brilliant Group, said:

"Trade growth between China and Belarus shows no signs of slowing down, and we are excited to be partnering with DHL to further streamline freight connections between both countries. The partnerships that DHL has with governments and businesses globally, coupled with our market strength in Shenzhen-based supply chains, have come together to create a solution that directly meets the needs of China's expansion-hungry manufacturers and producers."