DHL Global Forwarding adds Europe to China trains

At the end of May, DHL Global Forwarding introduced two new block train connections between Germany and China in response to strong growth in demand.

The first is from the KTL terminal at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen and travels via Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan to the destination terminal in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province in China. There is also to be an express service from Neuss to Xi’an via Kaliningrad that gets to China in just 12 days.

The DHL Global Forwarding rail network is growing rapidly, offering customers access to faster lead times to Asia for both less-than less-than-container-load (LCL) and full-container-load (FCL) deliveries. There is a growing demand for large consignments from Europe to China as Asian economies grow, with greater demand for European goods. These complement DHL’s existing block trains from Xi’an and Chengdu to Europe.

“In the last years, we observed an increasing demand for rail service products to and from China,” explains Thomas Kowitzki, Head of Chinarail, Multimodal at DHL Global Forwarding Europe.

“Their cost-effectiveness, short transit time, and lower CO2 emissions compared to other transport modes make them an attractive alternative. To offer our European and global customers the right transport mode to grow their businesses between Europa and Asia, we continuously seek to expand our network of connections, capacities, and service speeds. The use of logistics services and infrastructure of KTL terminal in Ludwigshafen is another step towards an even more connected world and to more resilient supply chains.” 

“The Rhine-Main region around Ludwigshafen as a European gateway and important source of volume is an ideal starting point for our transports,” adds Max Siep, Head of Business Development/Network Management Chinarail of DHL Global Forwarding Europe. “Ensuring that more customers can benefit from the reliability, speed, and climate-friendliness of our rail products, we are expanding the service to more departures and – at the same time – gradually improving the transit time.”