DB Schenker supplies protective equipment for Lombardy

186 containers from China to Northern Italy, with first deliveries in just 15 days

DB Schenker is supporting the people of northern Italy in containing the coronavirus by delivering a total of 186 containers with medical protective equipment from China to healthcare facilities in the badly affected Lombardy region. The delivery includes protective overalls and glasses and will be transported by train in the upcoming weeks. Twenty containers arrived this Thursday at the Hangartner Terminal of DB Schenker in Verona.

In total, the supply includes more than 1,300 tons of protective overalls and goggles from various manufacturers in Shanghai and Hubei for hospitals in the Lombardy region. DB Schenker picks them up by truck at the production sites. At the container terminal in Xi’an, the freight is loaded onto the China train, which DB Schenker and DB Cargo operate in close cooperation as the Trans-Eurasian land bridge.

After only twelve days and a journey of more than 10,000 kilometres via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, the train reaches Kaliningrad. From there, the containers are transported by ship to Rostock, from where they are again taken by train to DB Schenker’s intermodal terminal in Verona. In total, DB Schenker was able to reduce the transit time to just 15 days.

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After customs clearance, the containers are finally distributed to health facilities in Milan, Bergamo and Brescia, among others, by truck in DB Schenker’s full-load service. This means that the complete door-to-door delivery, including packaging, customs clearance and documentation for the customer, is provided from a single source. The first seven containers left Xi’an on 15 April.

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