First Damco China-Europe block train arrives on schedule in France

November 20, 2017, Lille, France—Damco, a global provider of freight forwarding and supply chain management service, today 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 10,815km 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 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 synergetic value of these brands’ joint efforts within the Transport & Logistics (T&L) division will provide customers with more added value and flexibility via multimode 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. 

Decathlon entrusted Damco with a symbolic box containing a sample of the sporting goods being transported as part of the departure ceremony held last month in China. The box was handed over to the client and opened as part of the official welcoming ceremony held this morning to demonstrate the safe arrival of the goods. Philippe Dunand, Global Account Director of Damco’s lifestyle vertical commented, “The arrival of the block train today, shows that we have a viable service that can support businesses seeking more cost-effective and/or sustainable methods of transporting their goods from China to Europe.” He continued, “This is good news for business and good news for our customer, Decathlon. We will continue to focus our efforts on developing the strategies and services to support companies in lifestyle and other sectors.”
The company is set to roll out the block train service to more customers and market sectors in due course.

For further information please contact:

Anita De Werd
Global Head of Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communications

Bonnie Huang
China Communications and Media Relations Manager

About Damco Rail
Damco Rail was established in 2014 initially with a focus on the high-tech sector. Our rail products and services have been developed to enable organizations, supported by our expertise, to design end-to-end solutions that are tailored to meet their specific needs. Our rail solutions include: rail services between China and Europe; cross-border truck-rail services from Vietnam to Europe via China; and short sea-rail from Taiwan/ASEAN to Europe via China. Damco rail now covers a variety of vertical market segments including retail and lifestyle.

About Damco
Damco is at the forefront of developing innovative supply chain solutions. We fuse our global network and depth of expertise with pioneering digital innovations to enable our customers to stay ahead. Our vision is to connect and simplify supply chains across the globe.

We are experts in the field of complex, rapidly changing markets such as fashion, retail, chemical, FMCG and technology. With a presence in over 100 countries, where we employ more than 11,000 people worldwide, we combine global reach with depth of local understanding. In 2016, we generated turnover of 2.5 billion US dollars, managed 659 thousand TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of ocean freight and 190 thousand tons of air freight.

We are proud to be a part of A.P. Moller – Maersk.