CEVA Logistics North Asia has successfully launched a new weekly Xiamen block train service from China to Europe on 10 April. The multimodal (Sea-Rail) transportation mode is aimed at tapping the potential of trade and cooperation among the countries under the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, CEVA says.
Located in the southeast of mainland China, Xiamen is a hub city geographically favourably located for sea and rail transportation. It connects China’s surrounding coastal countries via the Belt and Road to the reach the West. Multimodal transport reinforces trade and economic growth across the region, according to CEVA.
The block train to Duisburg, Germany is in cooperation with Xiamen International Railway Service (XMIRS). CEVA notes that with the transit in Xiamen, sea freight consolidated from Asian countries can easily take the Belt and Road express to the West.
“Depending on the origin cities in Asia, it will take 16-17 days at a minimum to reach the destination in Europe via Xiamen,” says David Wu, general manager at XMIRS. “More block trains will be operated as demand grows. I am convinced that the countries and cities along the Belt and Road will benefit from the advantage of this seamless transportation mode, which in turn will attract more domestic and foreign enterprises’ attention to Xiamen,” he says.
“In addition to our recently setup regular trucking service between China and Europe, multimodal (Sea-Rail) transport is a another mode for connecting East and West, which saves more than ten days compared with sea transport alone,” adds Kelvin Tang, director of Road and Rail at CEVA Logistics North Asia.
“We hope to further drive our partnership with XMIRS by opening new Wednesday block trains and regular Saturday block trains for South China and Asian customers’ alternative transportation needs. We are convinced that our Xiamen multimodal transport service will grow and develop in the near future.”