THE NETHERLANDS – Uniforce Netherlands has expanded its service portfolio. It is not only possible to import and export from and to China by using air- and ocean freight, but also by using rail.
When rail freight is right
Rail freight is a complementary transportation method. Slower but cheaper than airfreight. More expensive but faster than ocean freight. When production in China takes longer than expected or the supplier literally just missed the boat, rail freight might just be the right option for you. Noteworthy also: rail freight is more eco-friendly than air- and ocean freight.
The New Silk Road
Because of a previous non-adjoining rail network between China and Europe, rail traditionally was not an attractive transport method. However, recent developments changed this. ‘The New Silk Road’ railway – named after the old prestigious trading route between Asia, Europe and Africa – runs from China to Europe, crossing Russia and Poland. Thanks to this new railway complete filled containers can be forwarded by train between Asia and Europe.
Departure and arrival locations
Goods by rail can be transported from all over China. There are seven different main rail terminals: Chonqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Suzhou, Yiwu and Hefei. The trains depart to European terminals in Hamburg and Duisburg (Germany), and Tilburg (The Netherlands). From then onwards, Uniforce Netherlands can to take care of customs clearance and transportation of the containers to their desired final destination.
Uniforce Netherlands succeeded in securing an ‘all-in rail freight rate’ concept for its customers until the terminals in Hamburg, Duisburg, and Tilburg. Opting for rail freight with Uniforce means you can profit from this all-in rate. It includes:
- CY/CY-costs (terminal-terminal).
- costs of pick-up within city boundaries up to the CY terminal
The all-in rail freight rate is directly comparable to the FOB-incoterm by airfreight or ocean freight.
Containers and LCL freight
Currently only 40ft containers are forwarded by train, but there are also options for LCL (Less Container Load) freight. At the moment, LCL is transported until Hamburg. Uniforce expects to be able to forward LCL until Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in early 2017. The LCL containers will be consolidated in Central China to guarantee short transit times.
Suited for you?
Wondering whether Uniforce’s rail freight services suit your import and export ambitions? Feel free to contact us for a non-binding offer. Our freight forwarders are happy to assist you.