DHL has launched a new multimodal service between Japan and South Korea that employs ferries, railways and trucks.
Using 12-foot containers suitable for all the modes of transport including Japan’s limited rail gauge, goods are picked up across South Korea and ferried across to Japan from the port of Busan to the port of Hakata. Cargo originating in Japan is transported by rail to Hakata by Japan Railways.
The new multimodal link extends the Japan-China service using ferries and railways launched almost a year ago by the logistics giant.
“In addition to a substantial cost reduction in freight cost and up to a 93% cut in CO2 emissions when compared to air freight, the new service also reduces the transit time by three days compared to solely using the ocean freight service,” DHL said in a statement.
Mark Slade, president and representative director of DHL Global Forwarding Japan, said the new service was aimed at customers in the automobile, machinery, electric and electronic device, and optic and precision equipment industries.