At a time when ocean freight continues to be disrupted and air cargo options severely restricted, GEODIS, one of the world’s leading global supply chain operators is providing alternative means to move customers’ cargoes between China and Europe as well as on Transatlantic routes.
The first of the air charter services departed from Frankfurt (FRA) on a one-way to Shanghai (PVG) on February 12. In order to facilitate the resurgence in westbound freight out of China, GEODIS quickly followed up on February 21 with the first round trip service departing from Liege (LGG), again with the destination Shanghai Pudong International.
As of February 28, weekly round trip flights were established from Frankfurt, with Shanghai departures each Tuesday. This schedule will remain in place throughout the month of March when consideration of a further extension will be made and complemented by flights from Hong Kong (HKG) to Europe.
Besides, GEODIS will continue with its newly introduced direct, dedicated service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara (GDL) in Mexico, throughout March. The second flight departed from Hong Kong on February 22.
GEODIS has also maintained its offering of rail solutions from major cities in China. Two options are scheduled from Xi’an and Chongqing to the German destinations of Hamburg and Duisburg. The standard services have 18-day transit time. Apart from that, a 12-day express solution is being offered from Xi’an to Hamburg with availability of return routings.
Meanwhile, immediately following the decision by US authorities to close its borders to visitors from Europe and to prepare for the consequent sharp decrease in commercial cargo capacity, GEODIS established a return air charter programme linking Amsterdam (AMS) and Chicago (ORD) on a four flights weekly schedule. The first flight from Amsterdam took off on March 21.
GEODIS CEO for Asia Pacific region Onno Boots said, “We are positively building on our capabilities as a key supply chain partner to our customers by responding to their needs for an undisrupted supply chain through strengthening our capabilities in air freight, with the inclusion of these new services.
“We hope our prompt response with these quick solutions will continue to assure our global customers that GEODIS is committed to ensuring we deliver the quality of service they have come to rely upon from us,” Boots added.