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Davies Turner adds LCL rail service from UK to China

LBR Staff Writer Published 27 April 2018

International freight forwarding company Davies Turner has launched a rail-based LCL cargo service from the UK to China.

Last year, the company launched an import LCL and FCL rail service running from China to the UK.

The company will consolidate consignments intended for China at its regional distribution center in Dartford before being loaded onto a daily trailer service to Hamburg.

In Hamburg, consignments will be transferred onto the rail service, which will then go to east, passing via Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, prior to their arrival in Wuhan, China.

Davies Turner said shipments will be transported under an Export Accompanied Document (EAD).

Ex-UK transit times to Wuhan range from 26 to 30 days, while customs clearance and delivery throughout China averages 5 to 7 days, based on the last point of delivery.

The company said that when compared to ocean freight, a shipment collected from the factory and delivered to the door makes possible a 14-day reduction in transit time, while rail has on average proved to be 50% to 60% cheaper than air.

Davies Turner chairman Philip Stephenson said: “Our import rail service from China to Europe has proven to be very popular and has become a great success. So we are now pleased to offer an export service through to China from our strategically located hubs at Birmingham, Bristol , Cumbernauld/Glasgow, Dartford , Manchester and Dublin.

“Both our import and export rail services offer fixed weekly departures with proven schedule reliability and we only utilise established rail services which have been running for a minimum of 12 months.”

Davies Turner has warehousing capacity of more than 150,000m² across the UK. The company employs more than 850 employees across 23 branches.

The company is a registered corporate trading member of the British Freight Association), the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in international movement of freight by air, road, rail and sea.


Image: Davies Turner goes east with express China rail service. Photo: courtesy of Davies Turner PLC.