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Kerry Logistics starts UK-China rail service

LBR Staff Writer Published 11 April 2017

Kerry Logistics Network has commenced the rail service between China and UK, as part of its efforts to provide better services for the customers.

The company started the first eastbound freight train from London to Yiwu under one belt one road initiative, helping to expand rail freight and multimodal services.

Departed from London, the train is expected to reach eastern China’s Yiwu in about 18 days.

The train, which will travel around 7,500 miles, will cross nine countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to reach China.

Launched on 1 January this year, the first freight train from Yiwu to London was launched to carry Chinese clothes, shoes and other consumer goods.

In August 2016, the firm delivered a rail freight shipment of about 80 containers from Yiwu to Spain’s Madrid through travelling eight countries in 19 days.

According to the company, London is the 15th European city, which has been added to the China-Europe rail network under the belt and road initiative.

Kerry Logistics group managing director William Ma said: “We are extremely excited to be the first Asia-based global 3PL to move eastbound freight from Europe along the One Belt One Road trade route, turning part of the roadmap into reality.

“We are committed to developing an overland transportation network for road, rail and multimodal freight services in China to Central Asia and Europe.”

In December 2016, Kerry Logistics acquired the freight forwarding businesses from Spanish firm Bofill & Arnan.

Founded in 1920, Bofill & Arnan is a logistics and freight forwarding firm that focuses more on the China, Taiwan and India trade lanes.

The move allows Kerry Logistics to operate from four locations in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante with complete service coverage of airports and seaports in the country.

Image: Kerry Logistics has launched UK-China rail service under one belt one road initiative. Photo: courtesy of Kerry Logistics Network Limited.