DHL Global Forwarding establish multimodal hub in Piraeus
DHL’s “Maritime Silk Road” accelerates trade between Asian and European markets via Greece
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight is further expanding its multimodal service solutions in Europe with a new ocean and road freight connection between Europe and Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East. The new transit hub is located in Piraeus, Greece and offers a unique geographical position for shorter end-to-end lead times for ocean freight shipments from Far East to Europe and vice versa.
Customers benefit from 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 DHL Freight’s network. Further advantages include customs clearance and end-to-end transparency over shipments. The new service saves over nine days of transit time compared to traditional ocean freight destinations such as Hamburg or Rotterdam. Piraeus port is a free trade zone, which allows quick transit and customs clearance.
Containers arriving at the inbound gateway 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, which saves costs for empty container returns. The Cross Docking Station located close to the port serves for the de-consolidation of less-than-container load shipments and ensures a seamless connection to DHL Freight’s road network. Shipments from Piraeus depart on a daily basis and are picked-up at the gateways 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 22-26 days instead of 31-35 days.
DHL is looking to further expand its multimodal service offering from Piraeus to rail and air freight transport modes in the future.