Direct Liège-China freight train finalizes new network

This week, Belgium and China finalized a “One Belt, One Road” network by jointly launching a new direct freight train between Liège and central China. The first train of 29 wagons and 37 containers set off yesterday from the Bierset multimodal rail-road platform, operated by Liège Logistics Intermodal, and will travel 12 days across the continent […]

DHL GF adds LCL service for ‘One Belt, One Road’ rail link to China

DHL Global Forwarding is launching a trans-Eurasian, less-than-container load (LCL) railway service between Duisburg, Germany, and Chengdu, China, with a 29-day lead time. The move will expand China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which aims to connect European and Asian economies via railway along the ancient “Silk Road” route. Launched in 2015, the US$4-8 trillion […]

Kerry Logistics adds subsidiary in Pakistan under Belt-Road initiative

Today, Hong Kong-based 3PL Kerry Logistics said it will expand its forwarding network to include Pakistan with a new subsidiary company, in a move that will address demand for South Asian trade stimulated by the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC). Kerry will offer block train and trucking services along the route, through Lanzhou Pacific Logistics, of […]

Volga-Dnepr, Henan Province partner on ‘trans-Siberian air bridge’

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group signed an agreement with Henan Airport Group and Zhongyuan Asset Management to form a “trans-Siberian air bridge” as part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative launched in 2013. “The potential advantages of Zhengzhou were obvious to us right from the beginning, notably its advantageous geographical location and the existence of the […]

Kerry Logistics launches new rail services to Caucasus region

Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics continues to invest in the “One Belt, One Road” initiative that promotes trade between Europe and China by releasing plans to launch a new 18- to 20-day railway service. The 3PL also said it is planning an alternative 12- to 14-day trucking service that will connect China to the Caucasus region, […]

Kerry Logistics expands presence in South Africa

Hong-Kong based 3PL Kerry Logistics has acquired the services of South African forwarding and logistics company, Shipping and Airfreight Services (SAS), to help expand its presence on the African continent. Kerry Logistics will utilize SAS for its air- and ocean-freight shipment, consolidation, charter, warehousing and distribution services as it pursues its goal to “expand its […]

Militzer & Münch launches Germany-to-China LCL rail service

Switzerland-based international transport and logistics firm Militzer & Münch (M&M) is the latest firm to add rail capacity between Europe and China with the addition of groupage transports of less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments. The service began in March between Duisburg, Germany, and Wuhan, China, in Hubei province. Several other logistics providers added LCL rail service between […]

Westward Ho: How a new Chinese cargo carrier can revive an ancient Silk Road outpost

For centuries, the fabled Silk Road that wended its way between China and Europe brought together fragmented caravans of traveling merchants, facilitating the exchange of goods from geographically disparate regions of the world – much like a modern express carrier does today. Brilliantly colored Parthian tapestries and other luxury goods were transported across the relentless […]

That Sinking Feeling: Keeping shippers from running back to seafreight

With any broken relationship – whether it’s a romantic tryst or a freight consignment – there’s always the danger of the “rebound effect.” “Unrewarding rebound relationships can actually lead people to feel more attached to their ex-partners, rather than less,” warned Samantha Joel, assistant professor at the University of Utah Psychology Department. With time, she […]

Kerry Logistics enters JV with Globalink Logistics, expands in CIS region

In an effort to broaden its presence in the Central Asian region, Kerry Logistics has partnered with Dubai-based Globalink Logistics DWC, a freight forwarding group with extensive operations across The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The joint venture will “significantly expand Kerry Logistics’ coverage in Central Asia and the CIS, opening the door to potential […]

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – Last month, Air Cargo World co-hosted the sixth annual presentation of Cargo Facts Asia, in Shanghai. A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Pudong for tremendous networking opportunities with peers from around the globe, and presentations and discussions by some of […]

Kerry posts strong profits, pushes ‘One Belt One Road’ investments

A 24 percent increase in Kerry Logistics International Freight Forwarding (IFF) profits pushed growth in the company’s core net profit up 4 percent, to US$142.1 million for 2016, as total revenue increased 14 percent, to $2.71 billion. The IFF division growth was propelled by contributions from recently acquired Apex Maritime in the US, and strong […]

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]

By rail and by sea… and by rail: DHL-GF’s latest Silk Road twist

Just when it seemed like the industry was getting used to a 10,000-kilometer rail journey as a commercially viable mode though which to ship 21st century freight, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) unveils a new long and winding iron road from China to Europe with an even unlikelier twist: Two water hazards. In December 2015, DHL-GF […]
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