Dimerco, Cathay Cargo trial multimodal solution


Dimerco, a global freight forwarder, has collaborated with Cathay Cargo to successfully trial a novel Air-Sea solution carrying commodities from Singapore to Dongguan, China through Hong Kong.

Dimerco developed the Air-Sea solution to provide a faster alternative to the Air-Truck service mode.

The Dimerco team worked closely with Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to optimise the transit time for a shipment of integrated circuits for a leading semi-conductor distributor.

Originating in Singapore, the shipment travelled by air to HKIA, then by sea to the Port of Dongguan (DGM) and by truck to DGM Logistics Park and on to the delivery destination.

Total transit time took just three days.

Dimerco supervised the whole process, analysing ways to save time and money at each level. The cargo was towed to the seaport once it was released from the air terminal without the requirement for customs clearance.

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The marine element of the operation was a more cost-effective option to trucking, and Dimerco estimated that by introducing more regular sailings, transit time could be shortened by 12 to 24 hours.

The Airport Authority, Cathay Cargo, and Dimerco, the three pilot participants, examined the results and found additional efficiencies, including the paperwork procedure and customs data integration.

Dimerco’s Central Service Center (CSC) said: “Dimerco is always searching for new ways to reduce transit times and save costs for customers, so we are honored to be the first freight forwarder to partner with Cathay Cargo on this solution.

“Our Hong Kong team’s excellent performance prompted a letter of congratulation from HKIA on the completion of the successful pilot.”

Container traffic at China’s ports climbed by 4.8 per cent year-on-year (YoY) from January to June 2023, totaling 149.2 million TEU, according to newly released data.

More recently, Italy geared up to back out of its participation in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by the end of the year.

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