Fixed transit time
origins in China
ALL destinations in Europe
SILK ROAD ROUTES
14-18 DAYS EUROPE - CHINA
14-18 days transit time
Online rates and booking
Shipments from 1 CBM
Lower cost of inventory
Faster sales cycle
Visual reporting and tracing
Delivery door-to-door to/from any location in China and Europe
BENEFITS OF SILK ROAD
Faster lead time along with moderate increase in cost of delivery
affects following KPIs of your supply chain
VALUE ADDING SERVICES
What services are available?
At least 6 origins in China: Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Suzhou. Occasionally Changsha and Iywu.
5 destinations in EU: Duisburg, Hamburg, Lodz, Warshaw, Moscow
Average frequency is 1-3 trains per week.
Average transit time is 14-19 days.
Timetable and transit time are subject to season.
Who are the operators on Silk Road?
All the block trains are operated by the “platform companies”. All the platform companies are JVs with mixed capital from private shareholders and state-owned companies of the transit countries. Few multinational forwarders claim some of the trains as their own. However, in most cases this is more of a marketing strategy.
Block train = 40 platforms going from one origin to one destination.
Each platform = 1x40’HQ or 2x20’. Mainly 40’HQ only are used.
China, CIS and EU have different width of the rail tracks. Containers are being transloaded twice: China-Kazakhstan border (Dostyk), and Belarus-Poland (Brest). Transloading time is 3-8 hours.
Tracking is provided by transit railroads. EDI connection is required for real time access. Main forwarders including A.R.T. Logistics are having direct access to railroads’ databases.
Equipment and drop-off
The train operators provide containers. Drop off locations are the destination hubs by default. Other locations inside EU are also accepted, quote by request.
Operators are trying to keep trains utilisation as high as possible. Eastbound capacity is few times smaller than westbound and therefore requires more advance booking. Westbound space can be booked within 4-7 days in average.