DHL Global Forwarding Begins Freight Operations with Etihad Rail
In late June this year DHL Global Forwarding finalised a deal with Etihad Rail to create one of the largest collaborations within the Middle East region's transport industry and today, DHL's "RailDirect" has begun operations.
A joint venture company operating across the Etihad Rail Network has been incorporated to further strengthen sustainable freight offerings within the UAE.
Under the terms of the 20-year agreement, DHL Global Forwarding will adopt rail as one of its primary modes of transportation to distribute goods throughout the UAE, via the railway network which links key industrial hubs.
The agreement is expected to significantly reduce pressures on road transport and boost trade, commerce, and logistics in the UAE, whilst also playing a key role in helping the UAE meet its environmental responsibility commitments.
DHL’s robust rail freight products offer secure and reliable transportation, and is also an environmentally friendly alternative to cargo transportation via road or air freight.
Etihad Rail, for its part, is committed to contributing to the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, whereby the UAE National Rail Network will contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the road transport sector by 21% by 2050, and each train trip will remove up to 300 trucks off the road.