Dachser organized its first westbound block train from China to Germany

January 08, 2021 - 07:18
Dachser organized its first westbound block train from China to Germany

The time-and-cost-effective rail service offers an immediate and reliable solution for multiple customers during the peak season


HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 7 January 2021 - FiftyFEU containers carrying chemical, industrial and retail goods departed fromSuzhou, China and reached its destination terminal at Ludwigshafen, Germany in 31days on December 29 amidst the busy peak season. This is the first westboundblock train organized by logistics service provider Dachser, which established itseastbound block train service earlier at 2020.


Dachser's first westbound block train arrived atLudwigshafen from Suzhou in 32 days amidst thepeak season.


The "New Silk Road", connecting China toEurope via Erenhot in Mongolia, then Russia, Belarus and Poland, offers anoverland route with stable conditions for transporting chemical goods, and thisoption is faster than container sea freight ships.


On top of chemical products, Dachser isseeing a trend that more customers from diversified industries have showninterest in intermodal transportation.


"The pandemic has brought more demand onrail freight due to the shortage of air and sea freight capacity. The currentpeak season has added fuel to the market, so it brings even more customers fromvarious industries, such as retail to look for rail as an alternative solution,"said Yves Larquemin, Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics Far East North.


"Shipping by rail is more reliable in termsof time, customers can avoid blank sailing by vessel carriers or sudden flight cancellations.In terms of cost, rail freight is more economical than air."


Thanks to the strong partnership with therailway operator RTSB, Dachser can apply the extra block train via Suzhou flexibly.The Dachser team in China also coordinated with RTSB to handle all pre-carriageprocedures including pick up, gate-to-terminal and customs clearance. When thetrain arrived Ludwigshafen in Germany, Dachser's branch in Mannheim immediatelyorganized with a local intermodal freight transport company to divert thecontainers to Ludwigshafen am Rhein as well as further cities in Germany suchas Duisburg and Schwarzhede.


The rail solution from Suzhou to Ludwigshafenby Dachser is highly appreciated by its customers and it may become a reliable optionto connect the two continents in the future.

About Dachser

Headquartered inGermany, Dachser is one of the world's leading logistics providers. Using itsown in-house developed IT-systems, Dachser incorporates transport, warehousing,and value-added services to provide comprehensive supply chain solutions.Thanks to some 31,000 employees based in 393 locations all over the globe,Dachser generated a consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billionin 2019. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 millionshipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons. Country organizations representDachser in 44 countries.


In Asia, Dachseremploys more than 1,696 people in 48 locations in 12 Business Areas. Its AsiaPacific Regional Head Office is located in Hong Kong.


For moreinformation about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.hk