DHL launches North Asian multimodal service

New service cuts freight costs by up to 85% and CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to air freight with shorter transit times than ocean freight, says DHL


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DHL Global Forwarding has launched its multimodal service linking Japan to its existing rail solution from China to Europe. Using a combination of trucking, sea and rail solutions, the seamless, scheduled service offers customers in Japan access to DGF China’s rail freight solution which reduces the delivery time by up to half to between 10 and 21 days compared to solely using ocean freight and reduces costs by up to 85 per cent compared to airfreight. In addition, customers seeking environmentally-friendly solutions can also expect a fall of CO2 emissions of up to 90 per cent compared to airfreight.

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarditng Asia Pacific, said, “We have established a North Asian multimodal network which connects the North Asian power houses – China and Japan – directly to any destination in Europe. Intra-Asia trade constitutes some 25 per cent of Asia’s total exports due to the inter-connectedness of the supply chains in the region and Europe-Asia trade still constitute some of the region’s major trade flows. Our new service linking Japan to our existing China rail network presents a truly innovative solution which offers cost and time benefits to customers across the region.”

Truck – sea – rail ride from Japan to Europe 
Businesses in Japan with goods to be transported to Europe can be picked up from anywhere across Japan by truck. Using 40-foot containers, cargo is then transported to any of four ports across Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Hakata. Upon arrival at the ports, cargo is transported by sea across the East China Sea to Shanghai. This enables goods from just about anywhere in Japan to reach any part of China via DHL’s multimodal sea-rail service. From Europe, the multimodal service is also available via China rail and sea to Japan for the import shipment.