Deutsche Post DHL strengthens Sino-European rail network
A new route links Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, on China's eastern coast, with Poland via Russia. The train journey will take 14 days, half the time needed for maritime transport, and cost a sixth as much as air freight. DHL Global Forwarding will operate weekly service on the route.
DHL Global Forwarding created last year a route linking Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in western China, to a rail hub in Poland's Malaszewicze via Kazakhstan.
Anticipating strong shipping demand for automobiles, electronics, communications equipment and foodstuffs, the logistics group hopes the new route will give customers more rail transport options.
With U.S. logistics company UPS having launched rail freight service linking China and Europe in June, railroads are becoming an important distribution artery for Sino-European trade. ■