Freight News, Rail

TT Club offers China-Europe rail cover

[ June 30, 2017   //   ]

The TT Club is offering specialised cover for the new China-Europe rail services that have been introduced by a number of operators. It has drafted trading conditions including a Rail Consignment Note in English and Mandarin that addresses the requirements of moving freight across two continents and through multiple jurisdictions, where a number of legal regimes may be in force.

Two more operators have meanwhile introduced rail service on the China/Europe route. Kerry Logistics has launched a weekly scheduled LCL service in both directions between Duisburg, Germany and Shanghai via the Yiwu terminal in the Yangtze River Delta, China, using its own consolidation containers. It offers  a transit time of 16 days for westbound cargo, and 21 days eastbound.

And CEVA Logistics is offering a service linking Shilong in southern China’s Guangdong province to Hamburg in Germany with a timing of around 17-19 days, which it says will save two days compared with other routings.

CEVA first initiated its China-to-Europe rail services from Suzhou in 2010 and now offers service from Suzhou, Changsha, Shenyang, Hefei, Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Wuhan to destinations including Moscow, Warsaw, Lodz, Duisburg, Hamburg, Nuremburg and Tilburg, with trucking for onward delivery to major European cities. In addition to the new southern route and its existing northern route CEVA also operates a “middle route” via Mongolia to Europe to shorten lead times during the winter months and peak season.

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