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Chinese Sinotrans establishes rail link between Shenzhen and Duisburg

Sinotrans, the logistics division of the China Merchants Group (CMG), establishes its own rail link between Shenzhen and Duisburg. With the new connection to the Greater Bay Area Pearl River Delta, the partners have developed a new option for freight transport between China and Europe. The partnership was arranged by duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake and Sinotrans Chief Executive Officer Guanpeng Li.
Up to 60 trains travel between Duisburg and various destinations in China every week.

Secure supply chains between Europe and China
“Shenzhen together with the Greater Bay Area (Pearl River Delta) is one of the most successful economic regions in China. Duisburg is a transport hub for multiple transport carriers in Europe. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the special economic zone Shenzhen, we have established the “Bay Area” rail link between Shenzhen and Europe together with our cooperation partners. The opening of the “Bay Area” plays a crucial role in securing continuous supply chains between China and Europe and promoting even closer economic contacts”, explains Guanpeng Li, Chief Executive Officer of Sinotrans.

duisport: Growth with new destinations in China
“The new rail link between Duisburg and Shenzhen represents another building block in our continuous growth strategy. After connecting Jinan in north-east China and Changsha in central China to our network in the spring, we have turned our attention to increasing the services for the Pearl River Delta. This strategic partnership strengthens our network”, says duisport CEO Erich Staake.

Seen off on its maiden voyage by Guanpeng Li himself, the new rail link marks the classic stops along the New Silk Road: from China through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland to Duisburg.

Sinotrans, which is part of the China Merchant Group, is a leading global provider of integrated logistics services with annual sales of EUR 9.49 billion. As early as 2016, the duisport Group entered into a strategic and project cooperation with China Merchants.

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Port of Duisburg prepares logistics aid package for the fight against the coronavirus in North Rhine-Westphalia

• duisport provides logistics assistance with the transport of urgently needed personal protective equipment from China, and donates relief totaling EUR 50,000 to clinics, hospitals and social facilities in Duisburg and surrounding area

• Andreas Pinkwart, North-Rhine Westphalia’s Minister of Industry, thanks the port team

• Handover of donation to Evangelisches Klinikum Niederrhein

Duisburg, 22 April 2020 - Together with its Chinese partners, the Port of Duisburg worked to ensure the rapid transport of medical equipment (protective suits and face masks) from China to North Rhine-Westphalia. This equipment is designated for use in the federal state’s medical and social facilities.

duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake: “Using our know-how, we want to do our part to ensure that people working in North Rhine-Westphalian institutions receive help quickly and without red tape. Currently, we are working with government authorities to prepare a logistics aid package, as time was of the essence, initially in cooperation with partners from the air cargo sector. We are also checking whether - following the success of the first delivery - we can use our rail connections to ensure the reliable transport of medication and other relief and contribute our logistics know-how.”

“The team at duisport used its excellent logistics network to assist the state government in transporting urgently required materials to North Rhine-Westphalia as quickly as possible.
We would also like to thank our partners in China for their commitment and the rapid and unbureaucratic assistance on location,” says Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Industry, Innovation, Digitization and Energy for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with regard to the assistance provided by the port.

The value of the medical goods currently transported on behalf of the state government is approximately EUR 1 million. These goods are needed mainly for medical personnel at clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Donation for regional facilities

In the course of these measures, the Port of Duisburg also donates personal protective equipment valued at EUR 50,000. It will gradually be distributed to medical and social facilities in the region, which are involved in fighting the spread of the coronavirus together with the health authorities.

Yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer of the duisport Group, Erich Staake, personally delivered a large shipment of urgently needed protective material to the Evangelisches Klinikum Niederrhein in Duisburg Fahrn, while maintaining the appropriate physical distance. Two hygiene experts, Petra Felcmann and Stefanie Zubehör, along with Dr. med. Andreas Sander, Medical Director, and Dr. Stefan Simon, Manager of Hospital Hygiene, were on hand to receive the items on behalf of the entire hospital staff. The Evangelisches Klinikum Niederrhein is just one example of the local institutions that receive donations in kind from the Port of Duisburg. Essen University Hospital and the Krupp Hospital have already received a portion of the personal protective equipment.

Tight supplies of personal protective equipment

The situation regarding the procurement of medical personal protective equipment is not all that clear at the moment. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, government authorities and companies are desperately trying to procure protective textiles.
They are needed to protect staff and patients from getting infected with SARS CoV-2 during treatment.

Many of these goods do not reach their intended destinations for different reasons. The duisport Group uses its extensive logistics expertise to make an important contribution to society and provide efficient assistance even in crisis situations.

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