The Austria-based logistics service provider has introduced a new land-sea corridor in western and central China, connecting with northern Europe by rail
The new services makes use of the block train from Chongqing in southwest China to Qinzhou Port in the south. The route spans 1,200 km, and transit times amount to two days, with daily departures.
The new service covers 16 provinces in China’s western and central regions and is connected to cargo-partner’s rail transport service across the New Silk Road to provide access to numerous destinations in Europe, with comprehensive distribution options.
The western and central regions of China are home to a multitude of manufacturing hubs of international companies serving a range of industries such as automotive, electronics, pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs.
However, CargoPartner notes, until recently connections to China’s main sea ports in the east of the country have been limited to road or barge transport.
While road transport is associated with high costs, barge transport comes with long transit times, restricted availability of space and equipment, and complete suspension of services during the winter season.
With China’s development plans for a new land-sea corridor, new and more convenient options are now opening up.
With the new rail-sea transport solution, CargoPartner achieves the same lead times as with combined road and sea transport, at roughly a third of the cost. From Chongqing to Hamburg, for instance, lead times by road and seafreight via Shanghai currently amount to around 35 days.
With combined rail and sea transport via Qinzhou, CargoPartner can offer lead times of around 33 days. Despite the fast speed, the rates per container differ only slightly from those for combined barge and sea transport, which comes with lead times of 45 to 47 days.