Geodis creates air and rail services for urgent shipments

PRESS RELEASE – Geodis has established a number of air charter services to assist cargo owners with urgent shipments between China, Europa and the United States during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Rail alternatives are also being offered.

Whilst ocean freight continues to be disrupted and air cargo options severely restricted by established carriers cancelling scheduled flights, Geodis is providing alternative means to move cargoes between China and Europe as well as on Transatlantic routes.

The company has established a weekly air charter service between Frankfurt and Shanghai Pudong International airport. This schedule will remain in place until the end of March when consideration of a further extension will be made and is being complemented by flights from Hong Kong to Europe.

Geodis is also offering rail solutions from major cities in China. Two options are scheduled from Xi’an and Chongqing to the German destinations of Hamburg and Duisburg. The standard services have an 18 day transit time and from Xi’an to Hamburg, an express, 12-day solution is provided. Return routings are also available.


Immediately following the decision by US authorities to close its borders to visitors from Europe and to prepare for the consequent sharp decrease in commercial cargo capacity, Geodis established a return air charter program linking Amsterdam and Chicago on a four flights a week schedule. The first flight from Amsterdam will be on the 21st March.

“In the current global situation, our priority is to provide reliable and secure transport solutions to our customers to ensure connections between China, Europe and America”, comments Eric Martin-Neuville, Geodis’ Executive VP of global Freight Forwarding.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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