Tuesday 25 February 2014
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Germany: DB Schenker launches new product to speed up freight transport in Asia

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DB Schenker’s “Asia Landbridge” now offers logistics customers from all over the globe fast and secure freight transport in the entire Asian region. 23 stations located in the key cities and border regions ensure trouble-free and smooth overland transport of the freight. The transport itself is handled by a consortium of experienced partner companies, while DB Schenker is responsible for the coordination.

“Our network for this new product covers China and the ASEAN countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos,” explains Dr Thomas Lieb, Chairman of the Schenker AG Board of Management and responsible for the worldwide business of DB Schenker Logistics. “These countries rank amongst the fastest growing economies in the world. Overcoming borders is the only way to ensure that this growth can continue – and that is what our customers bank on.”

In the past, most freight transport in Asia was carried by sea. However, it takes a cargo ship roughly two weeks to make the journey from Penang in Malaysia to Shanghai. Although airfreight takes only two days, it is more expensive. A truck can complete the journey in just under a week and is far cheaper than airfreight. DB Schenker experts at the border crossing points ensure speedy customs clearance.

Special air-suspension trucks are used for transport activities, as this also enables the carriage of sensitive and valuable electronic goods. Cameras, alarm systems, GPS tracking and even the use of escorts ensure that the transport is secure. Additionally, a control centre is staffed 24/7 and all stations are integrated in the global DB Schenker network. DB Schenker has already done business in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 50 years and has a workforce of 13,000 employees at approximately 400 locations in 20 different countries.

(Source: DB Mobility Logistics AG)

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