June 11, 2018, The Hague — Damco, a global provider of freight forwarding and supply chain management service, has reached another milestone in its fast-developing rail service.
Building on the growing success of its rail offer connecting China and France, Damco will be launching a new weekly East-West rail service in response to customer demand.
Kasper Krog, Global Head of Rail at Damco commented, “We know the pressures our customers are under to reduce the time it takes to move their goods from source to shop. We’ve seen an incredible rise in demand for rail, which is a reliable and speedy alternative to air freight.”
Caroline Wu, CEO of Damco Greater China Area commented further that, “The new weekly East-West rail service will enable Damco’s customers to develop a more agile supply chain, allowing them to react swiftly to consumer behavior and changes in the market.”
The weekly East-West rail solution provides a regular, secure and cost-effective route from China to Europe. Some 20 days faster than ocean freight, it has already reduced lead times, increased reliability (including via no rolling of cargo) and additionally offers greater visibility across the supply chain.
Kasper continued, “Thanks to our GPS tracking, we offer our customers detailed insights into the whereabouts of their containers at all times, giving them peace of mind about the timely delivery of their goods, as well as their safety and security as they make their intercontinental journey. With greater predictability offered by our experts, our customers can make more informed decisions about how they move their goods.”
In addition to providing the market with a secure, reliable, door-to-door (FCL, LCL) service, this intercontinental rail solution creates further opportunities for customers to elevate their supply chain operations by leveraging Damco’s global supply chain footprint and the range of products within its portfolio.
Anita De Werd
Global Head of Strategic Marketing & Business Development
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.
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, employing more than 10,000 people worldwide, we combine global reach with depth of local understanding. In 2017 we reached a turnover of 2.7 billion US dollars, managed 664 thousand TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of ocean freight and 206 thousand tons of air freight.
We are proud to be a part of A.P. Moller – Maersk.