DHL sees demand for temp-sensitive rail shipment

DHL Global Forwarding has seen increased take up for its temperature-controlled rail solution along China's West Corridor from Chengdu to Europe.


DHL Global Forwarding Kelvin Leung multimodal rail temperature controlled


DHL Global Forwarding has seen increased take up for its temperature-controlled rail solution along China’s West Corridor from Chengdu to Europe. With temperatures at an average of -20C during winter, DHL Global Forwarding offers, apart from normally equipped containers for general cargo, a temperature-controlled solution for temperature-sensitive goods moving by rail from China to Europe, so that its cargo rail schedules run normally. In individually powered DHL containers, the temperature of goods can be maintained, tracked and modified, where necessary. 

Using the fastest rail connection between China and Europe, DHL’s temperature-controlled rail solution runs weekly along China’s West Corridor from Chengdu, China to DHL’s intermodal hub in MaÅ‚aszewicze and Lodz, Poland. Chengdu is one of the most important distribution centers in western China given its role as a hub for the electronics, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and currently houses 262 Fortune 500 companies.

Customers using DHL’s multimodal door-to-door solution enjoy services that are cheaper than air freight; yet is faster than ocean freight with delivery time reduced to half. This innovative solution is well-positioned to not only meet seasonal peak demands but growing demands of customers who look for reliable, cost-effective alternatives in shipping solutions.

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, said, “We are seeing an increase in demand across all modes of transport ahead of the year-end holiday season in particular, the temperature-controlled transportation option is especially useful for temperature- sensitive goods, such as certain electronics and high tech products. This multimodal service also offers a seamless solution connecting China’s manufacturers to retailers in Europe in a smooth and timely manner, ensuring that holiday merchandise arrive in time at retail stores.