UPS adds LCL to its China-Euro rail option

UPS has announced an addition to its China-to-Europe rail shipments as the new modal option continues to gather steam as a both a reliable and viable addition, or alternative, to ocean shipping and air freight. UPS’ Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service offering is available from Zhengzhou to Hamburg and becomes part of the UPS Preferred multimodal freight services portfolio.


UPS has announced an addition to its China-to-Europe rail shipments as the new modal option continues to gather steam as a both a reliable and viable addition, or alternative, to ocean shipping and air freight. UPS’ Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service offering is available from Zhengzhou to Hamburg and becomes part of the UPS Preferred multimodal freight services portfolio.

UPS established a Full Container Load (FCL) solution for China-to- Europe in June 2014. Full Container Load solutions are offered from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland, and from Zhengzhou to Hamburg, Germany. Combining the rail movement with origin/destination trucking networks enables UPS to provide service to customers throughout China and Europe.

The weekly door-to-door service is supported by UPS tracking technology that delivers full visibility and real-time updates regarding shipment progress via both UPS.com tracking and the use of GPS technology. It also includes security measures and temperature-control options. The UPS Preferred portfolio combines air, rail, ocean and/or ground transportation to help companies balance supply chain speed and costs to meet customer needs.

The largest global trade partners in the last 10 years, China and the European Union’s trade growth was valued at more than US$600 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. UPS’s expansion of its rail product portfolio in China reflects the company’s commitment to infrastructure developments along the Silk Road Economic Belt, it said.