“We have seized the opportunity to provide integrated logistics for our customers, who increasingly require shorter transit times than ocean freight, and lower costs than air freight,”
A rail freight service has been set up connecting China with Western Europe, shaving around a month off the time that the same journey can be achieved by sea.
Global logistics company, Tigers, created Tiger Rail to provide a viable alternative for those who use the sea to link China and Germany, which takes a month-and-a-half, or air, the quickest but also the most expensive option, at twice the price of rail freight.
Taking 16 days and travelling along the new Silk Road, the service will connect European destinations such as Duisburg in Germany with 15 destinations in China including Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu. According to ports.com, an online directory that provides shipping information relating to the world’s major ports, it would take 47 days to transport goods from China to Germany.
In introducing the freight route, which will likely be an attractive option for businesses looking to transport non-perishable goods between Asia and Europe, the company behind Tiger Rail said users of the freight line would be able to its cost efficiency by returning empty containers in Switzerland for westbound services.
“We have seized the opportunity to provide integrated logistics for our customers, who increasingly require shorter transit times than ocean freight, and lower costs than air freight,” said Paul Huang, managing director from the parent company, Tigers.
Launched officially last week, journeys on the new route began in the summer and Tigers has already helped customers move more than 500 twenty-foot equivalent units – the 20x8 containers that are prevalent in shipping. The new China-Germany route will be bolstered by Tigers’ Tiger Trax platform, which enables each shipment to be tracked until it reaches its destination.
Tiger Rail's China-Germany service comes nine months after the launch of a similar service between Zhejiang province in China and Barking in East London, as reported in SmartRail World.. The a 12,000-mile route was set up by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment and is supported in the UK by One Two Three Logistics and Brunel Project Cargo.
In further good news for the rail freight industry, industrial superpowers China and Russia have seen growth of 16% in the first half of 2017 for freight, following the implementation of measures to simplify shipping documents, the intreoduction of electronic data, and updated supply chains. Russia Railways, first vice-president of Russia Railways, said the positive figures was a 19% improvement on the same period last year.
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