12 March 2018

Rail Logistics Group's Intermodal Freight Services from Transit Silk Road and Trans-Siberian Routes  

Regular Departures Offer Shippers Alternative and Greener Option to Air and Ocean Transport

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Shipping News Feature EUROPE – CHINA – The much vaunted 'New Silk Road' and the trans-Siberian routes to connect the economic areas of China and Europe are the inspiration for the latest services from family owned German based logistics outfit Dachser Rail Services, which has revealed details of its latest intermodal offerings as an alternative to traditional air and sea freight.

LCL and FCL export cargo emanating from 37 European countries is consolidated at four centrally located rail terminals, Duisburg and Hamburg, Warsaw, and Vienna/Bratislava. After stowage in containers the boxes embark on their journey, a distance of nearly 11,000 kilometres. The trains take one of two routes: the southern corridor, or New Silk Road, winds through Belarus and Russia before crossing Kazakhstan to arrive in China.

The second route is the north corridor, or trans-Siberian route. After passing through Belarus and Siberia, it turns south, heading down through northeast China before arriving at the country’s commercial centres. At the destination railway station in rural China, Dachser handles customs clearance and arranges for onward transport in China and Asia via its own Air & Sea Logistics network or partners.

As well as exports, for cargo being imported into Europe Dachser has access to its 49 offices in eleven countries in the Asia Pacific region and Rail Service Desks are available in Shanghai, Shenzen, and Hamburg exclusively for Dachser customers to make bookings. The company says firm transit times, shipment tracking upon request, and a high frequency of departures throughout the week help ensure transparency and aid in planning.

Thomas Krüger, Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics EMEA at Dachser says that shipping by rail between Asia and Europe takes just 16 to 22 days, whereas sea freight takes somewhere between 28 and 36 days. And as for greenhouse gas emissions, rail transport emits up to 90% less CO2 than shipping by air, concluding, ‘Rail is always a sensible option when sea freight is too slow and air freight too expensive’.

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