DHL to offer new less-than-container load rail service from Germany to China

  • New weekly less-than-container load (LCL)
    service between Duisburg and Chengdu further strengthens DHL's Belt and Road coverage
  • Door-to-door lead time of up to 29 days provides a fast, reliable and
    flexible solution for smaller shipments

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28 September 2018 - DHL Global
Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight
services, recently launched
its new weekly less-than-container load
(LCL) rail service between Duisburg, Germany and Chengdu, the latest addition
to its extensive Asia-Europe-Asia multimodal network.


The new LCL service has a door-to-door lead time
of up to 29 days, tracing the Belt and Road's Silk Road Economic Belt and
catering to rising demand from high-growth sectors including the automotive,
manufacturing, and chemical sectors -- many
of which are based in Chengdu's industrial parks like the Chengdu Science City,
Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and more.[1]


"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," said Steve
, CEO, DHL Global
Forwarding Greater China
. "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 service supports smaller shipments between Europe
and China, addressing the growing trend towards ad hoc shipments and lower-volume, just-in-time orders supporting
Chinese manufacturing and production. Businesses
are expected to tap on the service to ship everything
from spare parts, high-tech components, and raw
materials up to finished goods: in 2016, China imported nearly $8.5bn in
vehicle parts and more than $1.2bn worth of integrated circuits from Germany


"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," said Huang. "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,[3]
our new service will connect people and businesses securely and reliably,
bringing a new degree of flexibility that our customers in both regions will


As the pioneer in innovative multimodal
solutions from China to Europe, DHL has been offering this suite of innovative
and flexible solutions since 2010, which connects China, Japan, Southeast Asia
and Taiwan to Europe.


  • North
    Corridor: Suzhou to Warsaw; connects China's engineering and manufacturing hubs
    to pan-European demand in 14 days
  • South
    Corridor: Lianyungang and Chengdu to Istanbul; traverses three Central Asian
    countries -- Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia -- as well as two sea transit
    segments before arriving at Istanbul in 14 days
  • West
    Corridor: Chengdu to Lodz, and Zhengzhou to Hamburg; supporting high-tech,
    automotive, and retail manufacturers located in China with fast, and
    cost-effective access into Europe
  • Sea
    transit: connecting Japan, Korea and Taiwan to China via ferry services, for
    onward journey to Europe; as well as Shanghai to Europe via Piraeus, Greece
  • Road
    connection: linking manufacturing base in Vietnam to Europe via China


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