After a difficult 2021, where surging rail demand created by extreme air and sea freight difficulties contributed to congestion and operational delays, Davies Turner reports that its Express China rail freight service is getting back on track.
Originally launched in 2018, the operation remains the only direct weekly intermodal consolidation service between China and the UK.
Tony Cole, Head of Oceans at Davies Turner, comments: “Over the past month we have seen an improvement in rail transit times with faster departures from China. In addition, our initiative to truck bonded containers directly from the rail hub in Poland to our depots in the UK, which offers the fastest and most reliable route, has also helped to improve operations.
“Based on arrivals to the UK over the past four weeks, the dedicated rail service achieves an average transit time of 29 days from departure in Wuhan to arrival at our UK depots.”
From Wuhan, China, the train service goes directly to Malaszewicze in Poland. The containers are then trucked in bond to Dunkirk to be transported by ferry to Dover and then trucked (still safely in the same container) to Davies Turner’s regional distribution centers across the UK , where they are unloaded, customs cleared and finally delivered. destination.
Cole concludes: “With improved transit time from China to the UK, following last year’s operational difficulties, our weekly Express China Rail direct service for consol traffic continues to provide a reliable and much faster service. compared to the alternative all-ocean ports on China’s Northeast and East coasts.
Davies Turner says rail has always proven to be a significantly cheaper freight option than air and with today’s historically high sea freight rates, it is also a competitive alternative to ocean.
As one of the UK’s largest independent freight forwarding and logistics companies, together with Air Sea Transport, its long-standing partner in China, Davies Turner now has many years of experience in the provision of direct rail services between China and the UK.
Source: Davies Turner