Damco Rail: Weekly block train service from China to Europe

The launch comes just twelve months after the company established its first block train on the same route

Damco Rail: Weekly block train service from China to Europe

Damco’s growth in the rail sector further contributes to A.P. Moller – Maersk’ goal to expand in the non-ocean segment and connect and simplify supply chains. Its weekly block train service offers a fast, cost-effective, flexible and reliable way to transport cargo from China into Europe.

Kasper Krog, Head of Rail at Damco comments, “The continued rail growth is evident in the increased China-to-Europe freight train capacity of 69% the China Railway Corporation recorded for the first half of 2018. However, we also see continued rail growth due to the competitive advantages the service provides for our customers who demand speed, reliability and sustainability.”

The Damco block train solution leverages the experience within the A.P. Moller-Maersk organization to ensure that the customers benefit from a wider range of options to transport their goods whether via ocean, air or rail.  “Our target is to continue the expansion of the rail and intermodal footprint, in close corporation with our customers and to play an active role in helping to keep their business on track” says Kasper Krog.

The block train is able to cover the ca. 11,000 kilometers journey from China to Europe in 18-20 days thanks to the prioritizations that rail operators are able to grant the train throughout its route. By using the latest technologies, customers are also given visibility of their goods during the transportation.”

Caroline Wu, Area Manager for Greater China at Damco adds: “Approximately 4,3% of cargo between China and Northern Europe is moved via rail. So, although it is still a relatively small contributor to global trade, it is a service which is poised for growth.”


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