9.1 C
Hamburg
Friday, October 15, 2021
Home Freight News China-Europe rail freight bucks Covid-19 trend

China-Europe rail freight bucks Covid-19 trend

China State Railway Group Company (China Rail) said that container rail freight to Europe grew in the first quarter of 2020 as Chinese manufacturers resumed operations after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Demand for medical protection equipment, much of which is manufactured in China, resulted in higher container volumes being railed to Europe.

According to China Rail 1,941 container rail trips were made from January to March, transporting 174,000TEU. Compared to 1,688 trips, 147,458TEU, in Q1 2019. There was a noticeable increase in rail trips in March, during which 73,000TEU were moved on 809 trips. In comparison, 53,676TEU railed on 622 trips in March 2019.

China Rail said that even when Covid-19 began spreading from Wuhan in January, the company resolutely implemented the instructions of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council, in an effort to minimise disruption to railway logistics.

For example, at all stations along the China-Europe routes, epidemic prevention measures were in place to minimise human-to-human interaction, including electronic port customs clearance.

Notwithstanding the pandemic, the northern Chinese city of Xi’an launched nearly 600 freight trains since the start of the year. Trains arrive in either Rostock or Hamburg in Germany, via Russia, Belarus and Poland. A single trip takes 14 days, around 20 days less than by sea. From Germany, the goods are distributed by rail to other parts of Europe.

China Rail said it had worked with shippers to understand their stocking situations and shipping requirements, after production resumed in various parts of China.

“In response to the gradual increase in the demand for epidemic prevention materials in Europe, we provided priority transport for the international movement of such goods,” said China Rail.

The company added that as of 27 April, China-Europe trains have shipped around 448,000 pieces of epidemic prevention materials, to European destinations.

Martina Li
Asia Correspondent

Latest Posts

Port of Helsinki sees decreased turnover amid stable box traffic in 2021

The Port of Helsinki has recorded high levels of cargo traffic, during the first nine months of the year, mainly driven by exports, with...

APM Terminals Pipavav connects to the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor

APM Terminals Pipapav is the first Indian Port to connect to the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) with a 269km railway, following the completion...

Maersk and Danish Crown partner on global end-to-end logistics

A.P. Moller - Maersk has entered into a three-year agreement with the food manufacturer Danish Crown for end-to-end logistics globally. The deal is effective from...

Eastern Pacific books three more 7,000TEU ships at New Times

Eastern Pacific Shipping has returned to New Times Shipbuilding for three more 7,000TEU container ships. The Singapore-based outfit, owned by Idan Ofer, commissioned the additional...

Amazon to accelerate digitalisation at Port of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. (ThPA) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have held a meeting during the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair aiming to transform the...