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RAIL FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO EUROPE

Rail Freight Services from China to Europe | FCL or LCL

Rail Freight from China to Europe

STU Supply chain has been implementing transcontinental rail solutions.Thanks to the experience we have and our global footprint, we can guarantee the accuracy and transit times of our door-to-door transportation service.

Our teams are dedicated to providing a wide range of rail transportation solutions for our customers, for LCL, FCL, and block train products. We can quote, book, coordinate trains, trucks, and barges to move cargos from the factories or logistics platform to the final destination.

STU Supply Chain operates many logistic platforms in China and Europe. We also have 11 main rail routes ship cargo from China to Europe. The fastest one starts from Zhengzhou to Hamburg, and takes only 15 to 17 days. And it will only take about 20 days to transport cargos from Yiwu, the east side of China, all the way to Madrid, the west and south side of Europe.
 
 
Benefits at STU Supply Chain:
· Provide competitive freight rates
· Ample space even during peak seasons
· Rich experience in railway freight transportation
· Fast and cost-effective
· Complete professional paperwork for you.
· 24/7 online support
 

Our Freight Services:

· Railway Freight
· LCL (groupage transport)
· FCL
· Consolidation of Various Cargoes
· Door-to-Door Delivery (DDP)
· Warehouse & Distribution
· Packaging and Order Picking
· Customs Clearance
· E-commerce Logistics
 
 
 
 
 

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Rail Freight from China to Europe

Rail freight transport between China and Europe. A fast and cost-effective option. In addition to air and sea freight, rail freight is now an increasingly attractive method of transporting goods between China and Europe. Its main advantages are speed and cost. Rail freight is faster than ocean freight and more cost-effective than air freight. Backed by investment from the Chinese government, rail freight enables goods from northern and central China to be shipped directly to many countries in Europe, and in some cases last-mile deliveries are provided by trucks or short ocean routes.

Railway Transport from China to Europe - Railway Solutions

In January this year, the team at STU Supply chain received an urgent request from a customer to ship goods from China to Europe. The request was received a few days before Chinese New Year, a very peak season with high demand and low available capacity. After analyzing our recommendations, they chose to use rail freight based on the cost/transit time ratio and available capacity. Therefore, our team organized the transportation of 26 containers. As a result, we shipped more than 134 tons of goods from Xi'an to France within 15 days. After the safe arrival of the goods in France, we organized the distribution of the customer's three warehouses.
“Companies of all sizes appoint STU Supply Chain as their sea freight forwarder with quite different freight volumes and frequencies.”
- Charlie Chan, CEO, STU Supply Chain

Rail Freight Routes between China and Europe

Freight trains have two main routes, with some sub-routes.

· The southern route through Kazakhstan and southern Russia is best for freight in and out of central China, such as Chengdu, Chongqing and the surrounding areas of Zhengzhou.

· The northern line through Siberia is best for container transportation in the northern regions around Beijing, Dalian, Suzhou and Shenyang. In Europe, the most important terminals are Duisburg and Hamburg in Germany, and Warsaw in Poland.

Advantages of Railway Transport

 
Speed: Faster than sea freight
Rail transport from China to Europe, from terminal to terminal, takes 15 to 18 days depending on the route. This is about half the time it takes to transport a container by ship.

With these shorter transit times, businesses can respond more quickly to changing market demands. Additionally, shorter transit times lead to more rotations, reducing inventory in the supply chain. In other words, businesses can free up working capital and reduce the cost of capital.

Saving the cost of inventory interest payments is another benefit. Therefore, rail is an attractive alternative for high-value electronics, such as ocean shipping.

Cost: Less expensive than air freight
Ocean freight has the lowest cost and is currently the preferred mode of transportation to and from China. However, the shipping time is long. So when speed matters, air cargo comes into play, albeit at a much higher cost.

Depending on origin, destination and volume, shipping a container door-to-door with rail freight costs about twice as much as sea freight and a quarter as much as air freight.

for example. A 40-foot container can hold 22,000 kilograms of cargo. By train, the cost is about $8,000. The same shipment will cost about $4,000 by sea and $32,000 by air.

More Environmentally-friendly than Air Shipping

Sea shipping remains the greenest mode of transportation. However, the argument that rail freight has significantly lower CO2 emissions than air freight is becoming increasingly important.

As an example to illustrate how using rail freight can have a positive impact, suppose we have a TEU-sized and 10-ton shipment from Zhengzhou, China, to Hamburg, Germany. If we use air freight, the whole shipment will generate about 50,000 kg of CO2, but using rail only generates about 3,000 kg of CO2. The two models differ by 47,000 kilograms, or about the capacity of 2,115 mature trees to absorb carbon dioxide in a year. Compared to rail, ocean shipping produces slightly less CO2, at 2,580 kilograms, but the total distance by sea is 24,452 kilometers, roughly twice the distance compared to rail freight. In the same example, intermodal transport remains the largest CO2 producer, with emissions of 64,202 kg and a distance twice as long as rail.

Consolidation of Various Cargoes in Rail Transport

In addition to Full Container Load (FCL), there is also Less than Container Load (LCL), where logistics providers arrange the consolidation of multiple loads from different customers into a full container. This makes rail an attractive solution for smaller shipments.

For instance, STU Supply Chain offers a direct LCL rail service that runs on a regular basis
· Shanghai to Düsseldorf: weekly freight service with two full 40ft containers
· Shanghai to Warsaw: six to seven 40ft containers per week
· Shenzhen to Warsaw: one to two 40ft containers per week

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In case you're looking for a reliable railway freight forwarder from China to Europe, STU Supply Chain is here for you.
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