[photopress:schenker.jpg,full,alignright]Logistics giant Schenker says it is enjoying a 20 per cent growth in its China trade this year with more than 211 flights into Europe and the US. It will move nearly 500,000 TEU out of China this year.
(A reminder: one definition of a TEU is a unit of measurement equal to the space occupied by a standard twenty foot container. Used in stating the capacity of container vessel or storage area. One 40 ft. Container (FEU) is equal to two TEU’s.)
Schenker management board member Dr Thomas Lieb, responsible for the global air and sea cargo for the group, said the firm’s staff growth in China has risen at the same rate to more than 3,000 and are spread through 70 offices, managing over 200,000 square meters of logistic centre space across the country.
Dr Thomas Lieb, said, ‘If you are a growth company, you don’t have to cut people. But looking at costs, you have to take care to increase market share and educate employees. We do that by developing training and educational systems. We have an exchange program where we send young Chinese to Germany and train them there.’
He said, ‘I think development of the country relates directly to global volume. We will handle 1.2 million TEU this year worldwide — maybe more.’ He saidhalf of Schenker’s business was Asia-related and a third of the whole of it was China-based.
Schenker came to China in the 1960s, setting up first in Hong Kong and then venturing into Guangzhou. In 1982, the firm opened in Beijing.
Source: Shipping Online
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