Freight News, Sea

DHL to offer sea-road service

[ November 18, 2015   //   ]

DHL Global Forwarding is offering a new sea-road service between Europe and Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East via a new transit hub in Piraeus, Greece.

It says it can offer shorter transit times, day-definite full-truckload and daily less-than-truckload departures, and distribution from Piraeus within two to five days to key markets in Europe via the DHL Freight network. The new service saves over nine days of transit time compared to traditional ocean freight destinations such as Hamburg or Rotterdam, with delivery times of 22-26 days instead of 31-35 days, says DHL.

Piraeus port is a free trade zone which allows for faster customs clearance. From there, cargo moves through DHL Freight’s road freight network to its gateways in Munich or Milan, and then on to final destination.

Containers arriving in Greece immediately go through customs clearance. Full-container load shipments are unloaded in the port, then directly transferred onto trucks and dispatched via DHL Freight’s full-truckload service. The Cross Docking Station close to the port allows de-consolidation of less-than-container load shipments and connection to DHL Freight’s road network.

Shipments depart daily from Piraeus and are picked-up at in Munich or Milan within 72 hours and 48 hours respectively. The delivery of consignments from Asia to all major European markets takes now on average between.

DHL is looking to add rail and air transport from Piraeus in the future.