Thursday, February 23, 2017

Freight Forwarder Offers New Rail Cargo Service between China and Europe

KN Eurasia Express Offers Container Shippers New Options
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – ASIA – Following the hullabaloo concerning the first freight train to pull into London from China one forwarder has been swift to act in offering new services that exploit the new link. With the launch of its KN Eurasia Express, Kuehne + Nagel now offers less than container load (LCL) shipments between China and Europe. The new service complements the company's existing full container load (FCL) rail offering for import and export shipments.

KN Eurasia Express connects China, Russia and Europe. In addition to its established FCL service with Duisburg, Germany, as the main European handling hub, Kuehne + Nagel now provides its own LCL services from the hub terminal Wuhan in China to Hamburg and Poznan in Poland. In total, the service runs to more than 50 collection points in the People's Republic of China, including key locations such as Shengyang, Chongqing, Chengdu and Zhengzhou. Besides import, the offering also includes FCL and LCL export shipments from Europe to Asia. KN Eurasia Express is targeted in particular at customers from the automotive, high-tech, and fashion industries. Otto Schacht, Executive Vice President, Global Sea Freight at Kuenha + Nagel, said:

“KN Eurasia Express represents a perfect mobility chain door to door. With transit times of between 14 and 18 days from departure to destination terminal, we offer our customers much faster delivery times compared to maritime transport, at lower costs compared to airfreight. Reliable departure and transit times ensure planning reliability. By using our KN Login information platform, our customers can also access fully transparent information about the status of their deliveries.”

With cargo security a main issue Kuehne + Nagel has implemented several protective measures with enhanced container seals and GPS-based data monitoring delivering real-time data on temperature, humidity, pressure, light exposure and position of the containers. Temperature-sensitive goods can be shipped in 45-foot long reefer containers.

The KN Eurasia Express product also covers countries in the European periphery. First block trains have already been successfully dispatched to Turkey. K+N state that their own LCL services between China and Russia are being planned.