The MOSOLF Group wants to use rail for finished vehicles between Europe and China, shipping them in containers
Containerised shipments of automobiles between Europe and China by rail are not new, but MOSOLF’s status as a heavyweight automotive logistics specialist could lead to more cars being shipped this way.
The aim is to also transport finished vehicles via the rail link between Lodz in Poland and the Chinese city of Chengdu, using the existing Chengdu-Euro Express service. Test operations are due to start during the second half of 2019.
MOSOLF has already signed the initial contracts for operating sites along the route and has set up its own subsidiary in China to manage its rail activities on the new route.
The Chengdu-Euro Express service has been operating between Qingbaijiang station in Chengdu and Lodz since 2013. It crosses the Chinese border at the Alataw Pass in the province of Xinjiang, then passes through Kazakhstan via the Khorgos dry port, Russia and Belarus on its way to Poland.
MOSOLF will provide the pre-carriage operations by road and rail and will load the vehicles into containers using its own personnel at the company’s operating site. The services will be directly linked to the Spedcont railway terminal in Lodz.
Spedcont will be responsible for handling the containers, including loading them on to railway wagons, as well as managing the empty containers. Special rack systems will be used to ensure that the vehicles can be shipped reliably and efficiently.
“Customers will benefit from end-to-end quality management, direct links between the railway terminal and the container terminal as well as daily departures on this main line along the New Silk Road between Europe and China,” says Wolfgang Göbel, CSO of the MOSOLF Group. He adds, “Our investments in real estate, facilities, personnel and equipment will continue to promote the Chengdu-Euro Express Railway as the best possible solution for European vehicle manufacturers that wish to export their products to China.”