Forwarding Group to Modify Asian Logistics Methods
By: Handy Shipping Guide February 14, 2014
Global forwarding group DB Schenker says it has taken a fresh look at the modes of transport usually chosen for moving freight around Asia and switched to a more efficient multimodal option which it has christened the "Asia Landbridge."
Using 23 hubs in the key cities and border regions Schenker says it has found a better way to ensure fast and sure shipping of cargo.
Historically, most freight transport in Asia was carried by sea, however, it takes a cargo ship roughly two weeks to make the journey from Penang in Malaysia to Shanghai and whilst airfreight takes only two days, it is more expensive. A truck can complete the journey in just under a week and is far cheaper than airfreight and, with improvements in infrastructure and the use of the right equipment, DB Schenker says the consortium of experienced partner companies used to carry the goods on its behalf, plus experts at the border crossing points to ensure speedy customs clearance, the service is a marked improvement over the old ways.
Special air-suspension trucks are the preferred mode of transport as these also enable the carriage of sensitive and valuable electronic goods, and the widespread use of closed circuit cameras, alarm systems, GPS tracking and even the use of escorts ensures that the routes are secure.