INTERNATIONAL: UPS has added six more cities to its intermodal rail network linking China and Europe.

Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan have been added in China, joining Zhengzhou and Chengdu. The additional locations have been chosen for their proximity to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in inland China.

Duisburg and Warszawa have been added to Łódź and Hamburg at the European end. UP said the industrial Ruhr area of Germany provides access to rail, river, road and air transport, while Poland is a centre for e-commerce fulfillment, research and development and manufacturing.

UPS offers full container and less-than-container-load services in both directions. Customs clearance is limited to China and European import/export countries, and security options include GPS tracking. Temperature control is available for sensitive cargo.

‘Our China – Europe rail services can save customers up to 65% versus air freight and improve time-in-transit by 40% versus traditional ocean freight’, said Cindy Miller, President of UPS Global Freight Forwarding, on March 28. ‘By giving our customers more options to balance cost and speed of delivery, UPS is committed to helping businesses in China and Europe succeed and expand.’

UPS said rail emits 25 times less CO2 than air freight, and significantly less nitrogen oxide, non-methane hydrocarbon and sulphur dioxide than maritime transport.