UPS has added six stations to its preferred full and less-than-container load (FCL and LCL) multimodal rail service between Europe and China, as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy gains traction.
Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations were added in China to the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu.
In Europe stops in Duisburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland were added to the existing stops of Lodz, Poland and Hamburg, Germany.
Cindy Miller, president of UPS global freight forwarding, said: “Our China-Europe rail services can save customers up to 65% versus air freight and improve time-in-transit by 40% versus traditional ocean freight service.
A spokesperson for UPS confirmed to CM that while savings and transit times will vary by individual customer, origin/destination pairing and shipment characteristics, generally rail routes are three to five times the price of standard ocean freight.
Additionally, rail routes between China and Europe tend to have transit times of 16 to 24 days, compared to one to five days for various air freight services.
The four new Chinese stations were chosen for their close proximity to provincial industrial manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in interior China, noted a UPS statement.
In Europe, Duisburg is in the heart of the industrial Ruhr area of Germany and provides access to river, rail, road and air transport.
The new Warsaw stop serves Poland, a growing economy in the European Union (EU) which is a centre for e-commerce fulfilment, research and development (R&D) and industrial manufacturing.
The UPS rail service between China and Europe also features a full service offering of both FCL and LCL moved in both directions.
There will be closed circuit TV (CCTV) monitoring during train transition, seal management, alarms, and optional GPS container tracking.
Temperature control is accounted for with thermal liners, pallet covers, and diesel-powered reefer containers as available options to protect sensitive cargo.
The rail service has environmental benefits, emitting 25 times less CO2 than air freight and less nitrogen oxide, non-methane hydrocarbon and sulphur dioxide than ocean transportation.
Simplified customs clearance is available according to UPS as well as more end-to-end visibility.