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C.H. Robinson introduces rail freight service between China and Europe

LBR Staff Writer Published 09 May 2018

C.H. Robinson, a provider of multimodal transportation services and third-party logistics (3PL), has introduced trans-Eurasian rail freight service between China and Europe.

The new trans-Eurasian rail freight service has been designed to connect nine origin terminals in China with eight destination cities in Europe.

The direct link connects China’s economic cities with to multiple countries and destinations in Europe.

C.H. Robinson provides empty container pick up, collection at factories, customs declaration at origin, while customs clearance and further pan-European distribution by intermodal and truck services at destination areas.

The company is offering various options, including full-block train, single or multiple containers, LCL shipments and oversized cargo.

Each freight train takes around 18 to 20 days to complete the tour between terminals in Zhengzhou, Suzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Yiwu, Xiamen, Shenzen and Guangzhou in China, with the cities of Melaszewicze, Hamburg, Duisburg, Milan, Tilburg, Lyon and Paris in Europe, and Barking in the UK.

C.H. Robinson global forwarding president Mike Short said: “The new rail line complements our air and ocean offerings, giving customers the ultimate in flexibility.

“It is for freight that requires faster transit times than ocean, at twice the speed, with substantial savings over air.”

C.H. Robinson Europe global forwarding vice president Ivo Aris said: “By adding this service to our portfolio, we won’t compete with ocean shipping or air freight, but rather further complement the breadth of services we already offer to our customers.”

Based in Eden Prairie of Minnesota, C.H. Robinson offers freight transportation and logistics, outsource solutions, produce sourcing and information services to 120,000 customers through a network of offices in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

With gross revenues of $14.9bn in 2017, the company provides access to 73,000 transportation providers across the globe, including contract motor carriers, railroads, air freight carriers, and ocean carriers.

Image: C.H. Robinson has launched trans-Eurasian rail freight service between China and Europe. Photo: courtesy of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.