DHL develops expedited cargo delivery between China and Germany on the UTLC ERA services


DHL Global Forwarding implements the program to launch high-speed freight traffic from China to Europe using the services of JSC “UTLC ERA”, optimizing new opportunities in speed and efficiency of rail freight transportation, reducing the total transit time from 17 to 10 – 12 days.

The new high-speed railway service Xi'an-Germany (Hamburg, Neuss) passes through the territories of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania to the Kaliningrad region. The transshipment is carried out at the border crossings of Khorgos/Altynkol (China/Kazakhstan) and Mamonovo/Braniewo (RF/Poland). The length of the route is about 9,400 km.

“The Mamonovo/Braniewo corridor significantly reduces the transit time. This is undoubtedly a new level of speed and efficiency in the railway connection between China and Europe,” notes Steve Huang, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding China. “Xi'an is located in the center of the New Silk Road economic belt, taking on the same important role that it once played during the ancient route of the Marco Polo era. Concentration of foreign investment and production, which export grew by 29% on a year-on-year basis in 2018, today the city is a prosperous international center with high-quality manufacturing capabilities in such industry branches as mechanical industry, electronics, biopharmaceuticals and the automotive industry.”

“By all means, the transit time is a key performance indicator,” comments Alexey Grom, CEO of JSC “UTLC ERA”, “Routes geography in the UTLC ERA services is growing daily with new locations, both in China and in Europe. All this evidences the growing confidence of the cargo owners and logistics companies in the railway method of cargo delivery.”

“We have repeatedly stated the readiness of UTLC ERA to act as a technological and operational platform for testing the latest transportation and information technologies for the container trains organization in China-Europe traffic. I am sure that operating on our services of such a major player as DHL will contribute to the further growth in freight traffic in both directions. DHL aims to reduce the shipment transit time to 10 days – we, for our part, will do our best,” says the head of JSC “UTLC ERA”.