The first eastbound TIR truck journey has recently been completed
Just a few weeks after the first westbound shipment via the Khorgos inland port on the Kazakh/Chinese border, a truck has made the opposite run, with a consignment of automobile lubricant.
The first successful TIR transport from Europe to China was completed on Tuesday after a 7,400 km journey from Germany to Khorgos.
Carrying 12 tonnes of automobile lubricant in challenging winter conditions, the TIR truck started its 7,400 km journey in Germany, entering Poland and travelling through Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to China in just 12 days without disruption or customs issues.
This does not count journey time from Germany to the Poland/Belarus border and the time from Khorgos to the destination in China.
Again it was a joint project of the IRU and logistics companies CEVA and Alblas.
“With TIR operational in China, the China-Europe-China road corridor offers excellent opportunity for boosting international trade. The conclusion of this latest successful pilot from Europe to China marks the full activation of door-to-door TIR operations between China and Europe,” said the IRU.
“According to one industry estimate, China-Europe road transport under TIR could save transport companies up to 50% on door-to-door costs compared to air, and at least ten days delivery time compared with rail.”