Forwarding, Freight News, Rail

No fare increases on this train service

[ March 8, 2021   //   ]

Rail fares in the UK may be about to go up again, but a softening of the market following Chinese New Year has enabled Davies Turner to reduce rates for  its Express China rail freight service, the only direct weekly fixed-day intermodal service to the UK.
Also, with new rail services being launched in China, the forwarder is also recommencing its FCL service, which has proven popular in the past.
Head of ocean,    Tony Cole, commented: “Our weekly LCL volumes on the overland rail freight service have increased from just two high cube 40-foot consol containers per week when we started the service in 2018, to six or seven, 40-foot HC consols per week now.
“The new rate of US$300.00 per 500kg / 1 cubic metre (CBM) will become applicable from mid-March and delivers a reduction of $70 per 500 kg / 1 CBM on LCL shipments compared to the current rate. “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on air freight capacity and the well-documented, ongoing problems in the deep sea/ocean freight market have seen more and more shippers, traders and co-loading freight forwarders taking advantage of the cost and time savings, as well as the greater reliability of our intermodal overland option.”
Davies Turner launched its own direct weekly fixed-day rail consol import service from China to the UK in November 2018 and bookings have increased continually, it says.
The train runs from Wuhan, China to Duisburg in Germany and containers are then trucked under bond to Rotterdam for transport by ferry to Purfleet, then on-carried by truck to Davies Turner’s regional distribution centres across the UK, where they are discharged, customs cleared and delivered to final destination.
Cole concludes: “With a transit time of around 24 days from China to the UK, our direct weekly Express China Rail service for consol and FCL traffic continues to offer a reliable and much faster service versus the all-ocean alternative from ports on China’s North Eastern and Eastern coasts.”