Italy has suffered more than almost any other country from the coronavirus pandemic. Now DB Schenker is bringing 186 containers with medical protective equipment from China to northern Italy.
The delivery is intended for hospitals in the particularly affected Lombardy region. It includes protective suits and goggles, and will be transported by train to Northern Italy in the coming weeks.
Federico Girgenti, CEO of DB Schenker in Italy
“These are challenging times for us all. But we managed to continue providing service to our customers without interruption.”
On 21 May, the first 20 containers reached the Hangartner terminal of DB Schenker in Italian Verona. “These are challenging times for us all. But we managed to continue providing service to our customers without interruption,” says Federico Girgenti, CEO of DB Schenker in Italy. “This was only possible thanks to the tireless efforts of all colleagues at DB Schenker and thanks to our solid international network”.
More than 1,300 tons of material
The delivery to Lombardy consists of more than 1300 tons of overalls and protective goggles from various manufacturers in Shanghai and Hubei. To this end, DB Schenker has developed, in cooperation with DB Cargo, a complete one-stop door-to-door supply chain including packaging, customs clearance and documentation. In China, the logistician collects the cargo by truck. At the container terminal in Xi’an, the cargo is loaded onto the train in China, which DB Schenker and DB Cargo operate in close cooperation as a Transeurasian land bridge.
It took the train twelve days to travel more than 10,000 kilometers across Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Kaliningrad. From there the containers are shipped to Rostock, from which they are transported again by train to DB Schenker’s intermodal terminal in Verona. After customs clearance, DB Schenker trucks brought in full truck load shipping to the health facilities in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia and in other cities in northern Italy.
Reduced transport time
Overall, DB Schenker was able to reduce the transport time to just 15 days through the tightly organised supply chain. By contrast: Typical sea freight requires several weeks to travel from China to northern European ports.
DB Schenker is active in many countries to transport urgently needed goods from manufacturing countries in Asia to medical facilities in Europe and America. This is how the logistics service provider, in cooperation with the car manufacturer Porsche, brought materials from China to Germany. With specifically converted passenger planes, DB Schenker and Icelandair have built an airbridge between China, Europe and the US. And in Poland, the logistics service provider supported the customer, Dr Irena Eris, at a fundraising event: DB Schenker gratuitously brought care and hygiene products to more than 200 hospitals in the country.