New rail-sea freight service between China & UK launches

DHL Global Forwarding has launched a new service which takes between 18-20 days from China to the UK. This shaves around 20 days from current ocean freight journey times.

“The UK faced numerous trade challenges in the past year, having to navigate economic and trade uncertainties over Brexit and during the pandemic, whilst managing new UK-EU border regulations and processes at the dawn of the new Brexit era. As the UK economy starts picking up and China celebrates record growth in Q1 2021, trade between the two partners would be one to watch,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.”

Goods will be consolidated by DHL’s hub at Xi’an for transportation by rail to Kaliningrad, Russia via Kazakhstan, Belarus and Lithuania for transfer to Immingham by sea where UK import customs and final delivery to consignees are processed.

Steve Huang, CEO for DHL Global Forwarding Greater China commented: “Most China-UK multimodal routes often include Germany, Poland or the Netherlands as the midpoint for transfer from rail freight to sea or road freight. After Brexit, going by these routes would incur additional customs procedures and fees. The new service will potentially avoid seasonal congestion on the EU border, which in turn guarantees a more stable transit time.”

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