Wuhan local government, the French consul in Wuhan, Decathlon, Damco and Maersk Line attended a ceremony at Wuhan railways station in an example of cooperation across A.P. Moller - Maersk.
The train will run from Wuhan, China to Dourges, France and was fully booked by Decathlon, the French retailer which is one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers and a large ocean freight customer of Maersk Line and supply chain management customer of Damco.
The block train is expected to arrive at Decathlon’s premises in Dourges on November 16th.
This project is aligned to the Maersk T&L strategy where both brands are closely collaborating to expand our intermodal footprint and the range of services we can offer and it is the first block train to France for A.P. Moller - Maersk run by Damco. It is being run by Damco’s rail freight team using Maersk Line containers, which reduces the need for trucking rail containers on arrival in Europe and provides more flexibility for the customer.
“This win-win cooperation between Maersk Line and Damco demonstrates our commitment to develop innovative ways of propelling our customers’ business,” says Mike Fang, Greater China Cluster Top at Maersk Line.
“We do this by providing a transport alternative that enables our customers to take advantage of the economic growth brought by the Belt and Road Initiative. By jointly introducing our block train service to customers, we will strengthen our company’s positioning as Decathlon’s trusted logistics partner in China.”