Damco, a global provider of freight forwarding and supply chain management service, has marked a new phase in its rail service with the safe arrival, right on schedule in France, of its first block train service from China.
The service which transported goods for Decathlon, one of the world’s leading sporting goods firms, departed Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province on 28 October.
The arrival of the block train on 16 November in France saw the transit time for the 10,815 kilometre journey reduced by exactly 20 days. Carbon emissions were also reduced, providing support for the block train service as an environmentally conscious alternative for the fast transportation of goods.
Kasper Krog, Head of Rail at Damco (pictured) commented, “We are pleased that we have been able to put together this solution for Decathlon, and in fact for the wider market, that has produced immediate benefits on a logistics and economic level.”
It is the first block train in to France run by Damco’s rail freight team using Maersk Line containers. The synergistic value of these brands’ joint efforts within the Transport & Logistics (T&L) division will provide customers with more added value and flexibility via multi-mode transport solutions. This also reduces the need for trucking rail containers on arrival in Europe and provides more flexibility for the customer.
One of the objectives of the Damco Block Trains was to ensure that the service could help businesses stay ahead of and meet their supply chain demands in a safe, secure and timely way. A combination of GPS tracking and daily reports provided the client with up-to-the-minute visibility on their goods.
The company is set to roll out the block train service to more customers and market sectors in due course.