Freight News, Rail, Forwarding

China rail gets back on track

[ January 17, 2022   //   ]

Davies Turner says its Express China rail freight service to the UK is getting back on track after a difficult 2021, and is achieving a 29-day transit time from departure in Wuhan to arrival at UK depots.

Soaring demand created by the extreme air and ocean freight difficulties contributed to operational congestion and delays, said the forwarder.

Originally launched in 2018, it remains the only direct weekly intermodal consolidation service between China and UK.

Head of ocean Tony Cole, commented: “Over the last month, we have seen improved rail transit times as a result of more timely departures from China. Furthermore, our initiative to truck containers under bond direct from the rail hub in Poland to our UK depots, which offers the fastest and most reliable route, has also helped to improve operations.”

On departure from Wuhan, the service heads direct to Malaszewicze in Poland. Containers are then trucked under bond to Dunkerque for transport by ferry to Dover, then on-carried by truck (still secure in the same container) to Davies Turner’s regional distribution centres across the UK, where they are discharged, customs cleared and delivered to final destination.

Davies Turner says that rail has always proved to be a significantly cheaper freight option compared to air and with the current historically high ocean freight rates, it is also a competitive alternative to ocean.