AMERICAS: DHL eyes train-plane option

The Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding is evaluating combined rail-air shipments between Chinaand Germany. “We are presently looking into this model,” confirmed DHL division’s CEO Chris Fahy. According to him the goods would be consolidated in the production centres of eastern China and brought to either Urumqi in the far northwest of the country […]


The Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding is evaluating combined rail-air shipments between Chinaand Germany.

“We are presently looking into this model,” confirmed DHL division’s CEO Chris Fahy. According to him the goods would be consolidated in the production centres of eastern China and brought to either Urumqi in the far northwest of the country or to Almaty in Kazakhstan by train. There, the cargo would be transferred on board of freight planes for their further journey to Germany.

“This concept is under thorough scrutiny as far as pricing, lead times and customer demand is concerned,” he said. Asked about partnering Deutsche Bahn AG as potential co-loader on their cargo trains that might be deployed between Beijing and Hamburg he said that he would not exclude such collaboration.

“But only on condition that these transports are absolutely neutral and open for many market participants,” he emphasised. On 9 January, a container-laden train managed by Deutsche Bahn in cooperation with five other railway companies left Beijing on its 10,000 km journey to Hamburg.

By deploying this ¡®Eurasian Land Bridge’ called test train the partnering railroad companies want to evaluate thepossibility of scheduled traffic on this route. According toan announcementtheir main aim istaking away futuremarket shares fromboth ocean and airfreight.