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Providing faster, more economical and environmentally friendly options to customers
UPS has added a Less-than-Container Load (LCL) option for China-to-Europe rail shipments. The service is available from Zhengzhou to Hamburg and becomes part of the UPS Preferred multimodal freight services portfolio. UPS established a Full Container Load (FCL) solution for China-to-Europe in June 2014.
The UPS Preferred portfolio combines air, rail, ocean and/or ground transportation to help companies balance supply chain speed and costs to meet customer needs.
UPS’s expansion of its rail product portfolio in China reflects the Company’s commitment to infrastructure developments along the Silk Road Economic Belt. This expansion coincides with the transformation of China’s manufacturing industry from a low-cost and high-volume model to a more innovative, quality-focused and customer-centric approach.
Customers who have taken advantage of UPS’s China-to-Europe FCL rail service have experienced cost savings of up to 65.0% versus air freight and time savings of nearly 40.0% compared to traditional FCL ocean service on the same routes.
In addition to providing faster and more economical options to customers, these rail options also are a much more environmentally friendly alternative to air and ocean freight, consuming less energy and producing lower carbon emissions.
Full Container Load solutions are offered from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland, and from Zhengzhou to Hamburg, Germany. Combining the rail movement with origin/destination trucking networks enables UPS to provide service to customers throughout China and Europe.
The weekly door-to-door service is supported by UPS tracking technology that delivers full visibility and real-time updates regarding shipment progress via both UPS.com tracking and the use of GPS technology. It also includes security measures and temperature-control options.