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DHL to develop Chengdu gateway to Europe

CHENGDU trainSHANGHAI: May 26, 2016. DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) and the Chengdu Gateway Logistics Office have agreed to develop a China-Europe logistics corridor under China's ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.

A recently signed MoU will see DGF collaborate with Chengdu's local government to further improve the security, Customs efficiency and freight capacity of the city's logistics infrastructure.

Positioned along several ‘Belt and Road’ trade routes including the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor and the Yangtze River Economic Belt, in 2013 Chengdu introduced high-speed rail links with Lodz, Poland and the following year began the Chengdu-Central Asia Express service.

DHL said the new agreement will allow it greater access to Chengdu's export trade lanes in support of electronic and auto manufacturers based in the city's free trade zones.

"As one of the best-performing cities in China when it comes to economic growth, industrial strength, and overseas investment, Chengdu has immense potential to add value to the former South Silk Road's revival," said Steve Huang, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding China.

"In the next few months, we will also be working on bringing rail service from Chengdu to Turkey, furthering our rail development in the city since we first opened our West Corridor rail solution (right) from Chengdu to Lodz three years ago,” he added.

Last year DHL expanded its multimodal network to Taiwan by linking Taichung to the trans-Siberian North Corridor from Suzhou to Warsaw, and added east and westbound services from Zhengzhou to Hamburg.

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