The rush of 3PLs and forwarders launching Asia-Europe overland multi-modal services shows no sign of slowing.
DB Schenker has launched a new product connecting southeast Asia to Europe that it claims uniquely brings together the best aspects of international road and rail freight services.
Aimed at a variety of verticals, the Asia to Europe solution links Schenker’s cross-border trucking services in southeast Asia to Europe-bound rail operations departing from China.
Gregory Loh, director of the company’s Land Bridge division, said the combination of truck and rail services differentiated the company’s offering from pure rail freight companies and cross-border trucking providers.
“The benefits of this solution to customers are manifold, delicately balancing and optimising turn-around-time, cost, carbon-footprint etc, to meet the requirements of the customer’s supply chain,” he said.
The launch of the service as part of the DB Schenker Road portfolio follows successful trials last year. In a pilot shipment made in last autumn, the company transported two 45’ high-cube containers of dental-care raw material from Chonburi, Thailand, to Swidnice, Poland.
The shipment involved five days of trucking across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China where customs formalities and rail containerloading was completed. Twelve more days were spent completing the rail passage from Chongqing to Malaszewicze, before the cargo was moved via road to its final destination.
12 container-loads have since been successively shipped from Thailand to Poland for this customer, said Schenker.