INTERNATIONAL: DB Schenker combined its rail, lorry and air freight services to deliver a 21 tonne shipment of mobile phone components from China to Brazil for the first time, with a journey time of 24 days compared to between 50 and 55 days by sea.

The components travelled 10 124 km by rail from Chongqing in central China to Duisburg in Germany in 17 days, travelling via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. They were then taken by road to DB Schenker's central hub at Frankfurt airport to be labelled, x-rayed and securely packaged before being flown to Brazil.

‘This first successful shipment combining rail, road and air freight has shown the growth potential of multimodal logistics,’ said Daniel Wieland, Head of Rail Logistics & Forwarding at DB Schenker Logistics.