Freight News, Rail

Davies Turner gets on board the fast train to China

[ April 26, 2018   //   ]

Davies Turner is adding an export LCL rail service from the UK to China one year after launching an import LCL and FCL rail service in the other direction. The first leg of the journey is by road, to Hamburg, from the operator’s Dartford hub.
The train from Hamburg passes through Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, before arriving in Wuhan, China. Shipments are transported under an Export Accompanied Document (EAD).
Transit times to Wuhan range from 26 to 30 days, whilst Customs clearance and delivery throughout mainland China averages 5-7 days, dependent on the final point of delivery. This is about 14 days faster than by sea, says the forwarder, while rail is on average 50-60% cheaper than air, with larger shipments attracting the biggest savings.
Chairman Philip Stephenson, said:  “Both our import and export rail services offer fixed weekly departures with proven schedule reliability and we only utilise established rail services which have been running for a minimum of 12 months.”
The operation is offered in conjunction with Davies Turner’s long-standing partners in China and Germany, which have many years of experience moving freight on these and similar rail services.