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DHL Global Forwarding recently launched its new weekly less-than-container load (LCL) rail service between Duisburg, Germany and Chengdu, the latest addition to its 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.
“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. 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,” Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China said.
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 alone.
This article first appeared on logisticsmagazine.com.au
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