Transportation and logistics specialist Geodis has expanded its road network from Southeast Asia (SEA) to China, solidifying its position as a leader in providing solutions connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The road network features advanced IoT technology and equipment for transporting goods securely for the high-tech, semiconductor, automotive, engineering, retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.
Investments have also been made to increase service frequency and enhance its capabilities with dedicated customs brokerage and trade compliance teams at major border crossings to facilitate the seamless movement of goods. The road network integrates with major air and sea ports to offer customers a range of multimodal options to meet the need for agile and flexible supply chains.
The road network to Shenzhen launched on August 23, 2023, and will be extended to Hong Kong, and later Indonesia, connected by an intermodal road-sea service.
In recent years, trade between ASEAN and China has grown rapidly, underscoring the significance of logistics in facilitating trade. Road freight has become one of the fastest-growing modes of transportation in the ASEAN freight market, with Thailand and Vietnam looking to invest further in infrastructure to support cross-border trade. The road network will enable Geodis to access the expanding logistics sector in Asia-Pacific, projected to reach US$4.5tn by 2029, with anticipated growth of 5.24% from 2023 to 2029.
Recognizing the need for high security, Geodis has made major investments in advanced IoT security equipment and processes to safeguard high-value shipments. With GPS-tracked, sensor-equipped containers, prime movers and trailers, the road network is monitored continuously by a command center, providing real-time, end-to-end visibility of shipments’ actual locations. Customers can access automated updates of shipment milestones including border crossings via Geodis’s freight-management solution.
The road network will be equipped with industry-first truck safety and driver assistance features such as brake assist, stability control assist, hill hold assist and driver fatigue monitoring, to ensure the utmost safety of people, vehicles and cargo.
Geodis also targets heightened economic, operational and environmental performance through high-use double-deck container loading and reduced carbon emissions through its fleet of new prime-mover trucks. Last year, Geodis added to its fleet seven new Mercedes-Benz Actros prime movers, equipped with the latest in security and safety technologies.
The completion of the Geodis road network from Singapore to China is part of the company’s continued investment to boost its capabilities and infrastructure to match its customers’ growth in the Asia-Pacific region.