Logistics group Kuehne + Nagel says it recently set up integrated quality inspection centres in several Chinese cities for C&A's flat packed and garment-on-hanger shipments.

The sites are based in Yantian, Shanghai, Tianjin and Dalian where the logistics group offers seafreight consolidation services to Europe.

The move is part of an extended logistics agreement with the clothing retailer which began in 2006.

Kuehne + Nagel is also in charge of C&A's airfreight shipments via gateways in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing to the retailer's distribution centers in Germany.

C&A's Co-ordinating Manager, Central Logistics, Overseas & European Transport, Customs and CCR, Patrick Rupprecht, said the extension of the partnership reflected Kuehne + Nagel's "special know-how in retail logistics."