Every entrepreneur knows how important cooperation with China is for the European trade. We import almost everything from the Middle Kingdom – from resources, through foodstuffs, household goods, car parts, to clothes, medicines and electronics. So far, the transport was organised mainly by sea, by air, less frequently by rail. Recently, however, the railway link between Scandinavian countries and remote China is becoming an increasingly attractive and environmentally friendly solution for business partners from the West and the East.
“And the reason for this is that railway transport constitutes a fantastic alternative to the other two transport solutions,” says Jarosław Czata, Ocean Freight Manager from Greencarrier. “In the case of air transport, railways win on price, and in comparison with sea transport – they are much faster. Instead of 20,000 kilometres of floating, the cargo reaches Poland along a 10,000 kilometre railway track and is then transported further by road to Scandinavia.
Transporting a load with the cubic capacity of a 40-foot container costs in excess of USD 32,000. If you choose railway as your form of transport, the price is only a quarter of that amount, which means this is the best solution for companies looking for savings. The time required to transport the goods by land is only 11-24 days. Thanks to this the load gets to the buyer quicker than if it were transported by sea (this form of transport takes 30-42 days) or by air and sea (18-22 days).
“However, this is not just price and time which support the friendly side of railway transport,” adds Jarosław Czata. “We must emphasise the important role of trains in environmental protection. Transporting loads by this means of transport creates lower emissions and significantly reduces the emission of carbon dioxide.
An expert from Greencarrier indicates that selecting the fastest means of transport – an airplane – equals to releasing 139 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere. The situation in the case of air and sea transport is a little bit better, the production of CO2 is reduced to 77 tonnes. The railway transport, on the other hand, is limited to just 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The organisation of transport in China covers the northern part of the country – such cities as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang, Tianjin and Dalian, as well as Chongqing, which is located in the middle part of the country. The railway route in our Eastern partner’s country is fully electrified and energy is mostly provided by hydroelectric power plants.
During the 15 years of its operations on the market, Greencarrier created one of the most attractive offers for transporting loads from China to this part of Europe. It services two weekly LCL and FCL services, transporting the load in just 14 days.
“In the past, Poland’s location used to be ignored,” says Jarosław Czata. “Let’s say this openly: this country was not did not count in international transport. Everything changed when European Union countries and China noticed us as the first place in which trains from the Middle Kingdom arrive. They called Poland – the gate to Europe on the Silk Route. Then everything changed. This is why Greencarrier located its central hub handling loads for the entire group in Warsaw. Our experience in the industry enables us to guarantee for our Customers that each of the two weekly transports will cover the route between China and Poland in two weeks, and after reaching Warsaw it will be speedily transported around the entire territory of Northern Europe, for which the Greencarrier’s strong, reliable and comprehensive logistics are responsible. I have to emphasise here that 99% of deadlines are reached by our services.
“This is thanks to excellent organisation of transport month by month we are observing the growing interest in railway connections with China. European companies are looking for savings, but they also want to urgently and timely transport the goods they have ordered or produced. We make it possible for them,” says Czata. “And additionally we have interesting offers for all those interesting in transporting their loads further, to Japan and South Korea. More information about this may be found in Greencarrier’s offer.
Learn 5 reasons why it is worth choosing railway transport?
· It is cheaper than air transport and sea-air transport.
· It is quicker than transport by sea.
· Railway cuts the distance of the sea route by half.
· It is environment-friendly. During railway transport only 5 tonnes of CO2 are produced, whereas in the case of air transport – 139 tonnes of CO2.
· Greencarrier’s excellently developed logistic network ensures transport in 14 days.