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Intercity buses on the high seas

22 Chinese-made intercity buses made a one-way trip across the Pacific. DACHSER Chile obtained the order from China-based automotive manufacturer Zhongtong Bus Holding Co Ltd. to transport the brand-new buses to the South American coastal nation.
Intercity buses on the high seas

Headquartered in Liaocheng, Shandong province, Zhongtong is considered one of the most important automotive producers on the Pacific Rim. Their products range from six-meter lightweight vehicles to 18-meter high-end luxury motorcoaches, including trolley buses, commuter buses and hybrid electric buses. Zhongtong caters to both the public and the private transportation sector with coaches featuring its EURO V engine. Strict standards ensure that these buses also contribute to environmental protection. On its route to expansion, the company plans to step up the international marketing of these buses, and South America is among the most important sales markets in this regard.

Experience with demanding projects

With DACHSER Chile, Zhongtong has a logistics partner whose network covers the entire continent of South America. The June 2013 order extends from the delivery of 22 intercity buses equipped with EURO V engines from the port of Xingang, China to San Antonio, Chile. Zhongtong drove the buses to the harbor, where the DACHSER Chile team took over, organizing and executing their sea passage to various destinations in South America.

“For transport services like these, we need a logistics provider with international experience who is familiar with these kinds of challenging projects,” explains Ma Jifeng, Manager Latin America Zhongtong Bus China. “Having DACHSER on board as a partner with this operation is exceedingly important for our further positioning in the Latin American market.”

Counting on good relationships

The whole trip took about four weeks, since the ship first had to pick up cargo from multiple harbors in China, and then unload its freight at several other coastal cities in Chile on the way to San Antonio. “We also organize shipments for Zhongtong to other South and Central American nations,” reports Pablo Ramos of the Project & Business Development team at DACHSER Chile. One of the biggest challenges is finding sufficient space on ships for last minute transport requests. For this reason, good relations with the shipping lines are indispensable. “We were able to rely on the collaboration with DACHSER and its support at every minute throughout this project,” attests Elias Cabello, Manager Director at Zhongtong Chile, who, as the company representative on the other side of the ocean, monitored the last stage of the shipment.

“We are proud of our collaboration with such an important customer as Zhongtong. We have been able to achieve all the ambitious targets that we set for this critical project,” explains Pablo Ramos. As a result, this is not the last trans-Pacific crossing: DACHSER Chile will be shipping another 500 buses for Zhongtong in the near future.

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