Customers no longer have to fill an entire container but can book transport for smaller consignments and part loads (LTL). DB Schenker is using the regular rail connection from Wuhan to Duisburg which takes approximately two weeks from terminal to terminal.
The customer receives full door-to-door service from DB Schenker. Collection and consolidation of the consignments in China, arrangement of rail transport from Wuhan to Duisburg and distribution throughout Europe via the DB Schenker groupage and LTL network.
Ewald Kaiser, board member at Schenker AG for Land Transport, explained that the aim was “to distribute the goods which have arrived in Europe through the Tans-Eurasian rail corridor quickly and safely all over Europe via a seamless connection to our logistics network, and consequently to offer customers an integrated holistic, door-to-door solution.”
DB Schenker has operated container transport between China and Europe since 2011 using regular block trains on different routes. Overland rail routes make sense for products which can be transported more quickly than by sea and cheaper than by air freight. When the goods arrive in Duisburg, DB Schenker organises the further overland transport in Europe.