Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting blank sailings and cancelled flights, Chinese ports and airports are congested.
Rail transportation is a feasible alternative to sea or airfreight. Rail is ideal for businesses whose goods have a lifespan that is too short to allow shipment by sea. It is also interesting for low-margin products where air freight is too costly.
FCL from China to Europe
For full container loads (FCL), there are two main routes for freight trains, with a number of sub-routes. The southern route through Kazakhstan and southern Russia is the most suitable for freight to and from south and central China, for example the regions surrounding Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhengzhou. The northern route through Siberia is ideal for container transport for the northern regions around Beijing, Dalian, Suzhou and Shenyang. In Europe the most important terminals are Duisburg and Hamburg in Germany.
LCL from China to Europe
In addition to full container loads (FCL), less than container loads (LCL) is also available and we have our own DSV consolidation services for westbound and eastbound trains.
Our direct LCL rail services with weekly DSV consolidation box from China to Europe covers various origins across the whole China:
Central and North China (CFS - CFS)
- From Shanghai & Qingdao to Aarhus, Denmark
- From Shanghai to Duisburg, Germany
- From Shanghai to Warsaw, Poland
- From Shanghai to Barcelona, Spain
- From Xian to Prague, Czech Republic
South China (CFS - CFS)
- From Yantian, Shenzhen to Aarhus, Denmark
- From Yantian, Shenzhen to Duisburg, Germany
- From Yantian, Shenzhen to Warsaw, Poland
When controllable schedule means better planning
Pre-carriage from factory to rail station in Chongqing/ Hefei/ Xian normally takes around 3-6 days. The rail journey from terminal to terminal currently is between 12 and 18 days from China to Europe, with additional 3-7 days on carriage to the destination Container Freight Stations (CFS). Regular schedule and stable transit time gives you more control in a volatile market.
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