DB Schenker does multimodal China-Brazil

For the first time, DB Schenker has combined transportation by rail, road and air across three continents to organize a delivery for an electronics manufacturer from China to South America.


DB Schenker does multimodal China-Brazil


For the first time, DB Schenker has combined transportation by rail, road and air across three continents to organize a delivery for an electronics manufacturer from China to South America. In total, 21 tonnes of cell phone electronics were transported by rail from Chongqing in central China to Duisburg, Germany, via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. The next step was a truck journey to Frankfurt airport, from where DB Schenker sent the cargo by plane to Brazil.

The freight was labeled, X-rayed and securely packaged by DB Schenker’s central hub at Frankfurt airport, from where it was sent to its final destination in Brazil. DB Schenker in Brazil handled the customs processes and clearance.

The combination of rail, truck and airfreight shortened the journey time from Asia to South America by almost four weeks compared with using ocean freight alone. The 10,124 kilometre rail trip to Duisburg took 17 days and the goods spent a total of just 24 days in transit before reaching their destination in Brazil, compared with the alternative by ocean which would have taken between 50 and 55 days.