Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Another Freight Forwarding Group Opens Intermodal Cargo Services from China

Eurasia to Europe Rail Route Commences This Week
Shipping News Feature
CHINA – EUROPE – The boom in intermodal freight services between the Far East and Europe continues apace as C.H. Robinson Europe Global Forwarding opens its own Eurasia to UK rail link. The new service offering connects eight origin terminals in China with eight destination cities in Europe. Full block train, single or multiple containers, LCL shipments and oversized cargo are all available options as the service commences this week. President Mike Short, comments:

“The new rail line complements our air and ocean offerings, giving customers the ultimate in flexibility. It is for freight that requires faster transit times than ocean, at twice the speed, with substantial savings over air. C.H. Robinson’s strategic development of European gateways gives customers more choice, along with exceptional service and competitive pricing.”

Robinson’s claim that the new routes offer its customers more sustainable services and wider coverage, with empty container pick up, collection at factories, customs declaration at origin, customs clearance and further pan-European distribution by intermodal and truck services at destination areas, with each freight train taking 18-20 days to complete the tour between terminals.

The cargo hubs are in Zhengzhou, Zushou, Wuhan, Yiwu, Xiamen, Shenzen, Guangzhou and Chongqing in China, with the cities of Melaszewicze in Poland, Hamburg, Duisburg, Milan, Tilburg, Lyon and Paris in Europe plus Barking in the UK. Ivo Aris, vice president, C.H. Robinson Europe Global Forwarding, added:

“Until recently, a large percentage of container shipments from China to Europe were delivered by sea. By adding this service to our portfolio, we won’t compete with ocean shipping or air freight, but rather further complement the breadth of services we already offer to our customers.”