DHL Global Forwarding signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Express (KTZ Express) on enhancing greater rail connectivity and trade between China, Kazakhstan, CIS countries and Europe, providing DHL with additional commercial block train services.
This will allow DHL Global Forwarding to enhance the scheduled rail services for customers, increasing the overland rail routes as a complimentary alternative to traditional sea and air freight.
Under the MOU, KTZ Express will be responsible for operating rail activities from point to point as well as across the China/Kazakhstan borders. DHL will also focus on developing its forwarding capabilities along crucial trading routes linking China, Kazakhstan and CIS countries while KTZ Espress will add several logistics service locations to its existing network as well as increasing their overall capabilities. The partnership will see the development of additional rail offering along the South Silk Road trade route to Europe via Kazakhstan.
With the setting up of the Khorgos Special Economic Zone, this partnership will offer new logistics solutions within the zone which will contribute to the importance of the trans-Kazakh route as one of the major trade nodes connecting China, Kazakhstan and the CIS region for onward distribution to Europe.