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Liverpool liner pioneer adds Midlands rail link

[ October 6, 2021   //   ]

DKT Allseas is to run a five days a week train service between the port of Liverpool and Freightliner’s Birmingham Terminal from 4 October. It will carry up to 76teu and will offer an alternative to road transport for its customers at a time when road hauliers are struggling to source enough drivers, says the Manchester-based liner shipping agency.
It follows Allseas’ introduction of the China Xpress liner shipping service from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool earlier this year, the first regular link from the Far East to the port. The company had earlier operated a series of one-off chartered ships from the Far East to help move customers’ cargo in the face or worsening port congestion around the world, before taking the decision to operate a regular service.
Since the initial liner service sailing in February, DKT Allseas has expanded China Xpress to four ports in China – Ningbo, Qingdao, Taicang and Shenzhen – direct to Liverpool, as well as introducing a new service from China direct to the US east and west coasts.
DKT Allseas managing director Darren Wright said: “The China Xpress service was the first of its kind to offer a direct service call, providing a gateway from the Far East direct into the heart of the UK’s cargo owning community.”
He said it was an initiative born out of necessity and frustration to provide relief to customers facing increased ocean freight rates and reduced reliability due to the knock-on impacts of the global pandemic.
He added: “As those frustrations permeate the UK with the widely publicised HGV driver shortages, this new rail service further enhances the China Xpress by providing another tangible logistics solution to our customers.
“Another significant upside is the amount of traffic this service will remove from road further enhancing Allseas approach to sustainable logistics.”
Managing director at Liverpool owner Peel Ports, David Huck, said: “We have worked with DKT Allseas since February this year and, since its inception, the China Xpress liner service has gone from strength to strength over a very short period.
“Originally launched as a temporary supply chain critical service, fast forward nine months and we are delighted to see this now part of an established route positioning the Port of Liverpool as a viable call for Far East services.”