Use of rail transportation for the main leg of the journey from the Far East

Various affiliate companies of the Otto Group purchase some of their merchandise in geographically distant procurement markets such as the Far East. Rail is also used on the main leg of the journey for the intercontinental transportation of goods, enabling significant savings in CO2 to be achieved.

Brief description

Various affiliate companies of the Otto Group purchase some of their merchandise in geographically distant procurement markets such as the Far East. Different modes of transport by sea, air and rail are used to transport these goods.

In addition to the established modes of transport of sea and air freight, the train can also be used to ship goods from China on the main leg of their journey. Significant savings of CO2 compared with air freight and similar CO2 savings to those of sea freight can be achieved using this intercontinental rail transport. With an average duration of less than 18 days, this form of transport is faster than by ship and more climate-friendly than air freight.

The project partner in this case is Hermes Germany GmbH (an Otto Group affiliate company).

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • Shift of transport to more climate-friendly technologies

Transferability & challenges

  • Higher costs than transportation by ship
  • Only specific routes are available
  • Customs formalities

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