UPS upgrades China/Europe rail service
30 / 03 / 2017
UPS has added six more stations to its China/Europe rail service, offered as an alternative to airfreight.
Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations have been added in China – as well as the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu – while in Europe additional stops are made in Duisburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland in addition to Lodz, Poland and Hamburg, Germany. The four new Chinese stations are close to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in China while Duisburg is in the heart of the industrial Ruhr area of Germany and a transport crossroads.
President of UPS Global Freight Forwarding, Cindy Miller, said the rail services could save 65% on the cost of air freight and were 40% quicker than ocean freight adding: “By giving our customers more options to balance cost and speed of delivery, UPS is committed to helping businesses in China and Europe succeed and expand.”
Rail freight emits 25 times less CO2 than air and significantly less nitrogen oxide, non-methane hydrocarbon and sulphur dioxide than ocean transportation, says UPS.
The rail service offers full-container and less-than-containerload services in both directions between China and Europe and shipments are monitored by closed circuit TV and protected by seals, alarms and optional GPS container tracking.
Thermal liners, pallet covers, and diesel-powered reefer containers are available for more sensitive cargo. Customs clearance has been simplified by electronic links, adds UPS.