CEVA Logistics has developed a novel multi-modal Truck-Rail-Truck (TRT) solution to keep customers’ freight moving across Asia from China to Southeast Asia during the novel coronavirus crisis.
China and the Southeast Asian region are facing flight suspensions and reductions, space limits and operational restrictions in addition to long waits at land border crossings due to the pandemic. CEVA says it introduced TRT as a “practical and innovative” multi-modal transport solution to address these issues.
The company notes that several CEVA technology customers have already taken advantage of it to keep their cargo moving over the last month.The new service is being used by CEVA customers in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Export documentation requirements for the TRT service are the same as an all-trucked service and Customs clearance can be achieved within three hours.
As an example, CEVA highlights the China-Vietnam road border crossing point between Pingxiang in China and Vietnam’s Lang Son which currently suffers from backlogs of 2-4 days. To avoid this, shipments are picked up by CEVA across South and East China and loaded into 45’ hi-cube (HQ) containers.
They are taken by truck to the cross-border train – which operates three times a day – into Vietnam, where they are then unloaded onto trucks and delivered to final destination. Shipments bound for Thailand which were taking up to eight days are now arriving in 3-4 days.
Says Guillaume Col, CEVA Logistics’ chief operating officer: “With our TRT solution, serious traffic jams at the border crossings can be avoided. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it really is the best solution for customers wishing to move urgent shipments between China and Southeast Asia. As a pioneer in TRT service, we will keep exploring our Road & Rail network between China and Southeast Asia to further develop these services.”
China is also Vietnam’s largest trading partner and the Southeast Asian country’s manufacturing sector heavily relies on it for materials and equipment. China is also Vietnam’s key market for farm produce including substantial volumes of fruit like watermelon, dragon fruit, banana and mango.