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July 15, 2014: With a new hub in Osaka, Japan, DB Schenker expands its intermodal service from North Asia to Europe. The customs bonded facility in Rinku, between Kansai International Airport and Osaka Port offers ideal conditions for the efficient combination of air and ocean freight between Asia and Europe and also the US. Customers can benefit from 50 percent shorter transit times than on the existing route via Dubai.

The new route has been developed to comply with the need of shorter transit times. "Our customers in Europe have been requesting a solution to ship cargo especially from North Asia with shorter transit times. We looked at several options. Osaka met quite the criteria necessary for a new hub. We put this project in motion within six weeks," explained Janaka De Silva, head of 'DB SCHENKERskybridge' for Asia Pacific.

Customers from the fashion industry, but also healthcare and electronics companies already benefit from the new service.

The existing dense 'DB SCHENKERskybridge' network combines the advantages of air and ocean freight – the moderate price of ocean freight with the speed of air freight –especially for shipments from Asia to Europe via Dubai. It ensures seamless transit, as DB Schenker handles both legs as well as the customs procedurs. In addition to this, the new solution also results in a visible reduction of CO2 emissions compared to regular air freight, which positively affects the overall carbon footprint of the customer.

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