Rail Freight

With increased pressure on time and cost savings, the logistics experts at Crane Worldwide Logistics have developed a China-Europe rail freight transportation program that can provide our clients with an alternative to traditional air freight or ocean freight solution.

China to Europe Rail Freight transportation

Rail Freight transposrt and logistics solutions between China to Europe have made significant headway at resolving challenges for many of our clients. Addressing the problems that are experienced using traditional air freight and ocean freight methods, our rail freight solution can provide an alternative mode of transport.

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What is a rail freight solution?

As your logistics provider, Crane Worldwide Logistics believes in being the client advocate and our goal is to provide you with the most efficient service for your logistics needs from China to European countries. The Silk Road railway track linking 12,000 kilometres of track via the Trans-Siberian Railway is an increasingly popular method for transportation from China to Europe. Hence, the railway freight solution from China to Europe is fast becoming a popular logistics solution for cargo.

The team at Crane Worldwide Logistics has recognized many challenges for our international clients who have traditionally utilized air freight and FCL (Full Container Load) / LCL (Less than Container Load) ocean freight services. The rail freight transport solution from China to Europe has been key to lower transport costs via the silk road in an environmentally friendly solution that fully utilizes the china railway from central Asia.

We have developed a railway freight solution that can provide a seamless service to problems encountered with production delays, high inventory levels, capacity constraints, and lengthy transit times that impact our client's supply chains.

Crane Worldwide Logistics offers a rail freight solution that connects not only China but Japan, Korea, and Vietnam to Europe. Every 72 hours, our clients have the opportunity to utilize the rail solution from China to Europe. The routing is via Alashankou (16-18 days) instead of the frequently used Manzhouli location (19-21 days). We will select the most efficient rail routes for your business needs.

By using freight trains as an alternative logistics service to air freight or ocean freight, we can guarantee to help minimize stock levels by up to 40%. Our rail freight experts at Crane Worldwide are focused on bringing the best transport solutions for your cargo needs.

Rail Freight - Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the transit time from China to Europe using the rail freight solution?
Depending on the Origin/Destination it usually takes about 16-19 days from Terminal to Terminal using block trains.

How many stops does the train make during the journey?
The Train makes at least 2 Stops to switch the container onto a different rail car because of different gauges. (Russian Gauge : 1,520mm; European & China Gauge : 1,435mm)

How often do rail freight cargo trains operate?
Dependent upon the origin terminal there are several weekly departures going from China to Europe and Europe to China.

How safe is my cargo using rail freight?
Rail freight transportation is safe and the border terminals are protected in a similar way to ocean terminals. A moving train cannot be stopped so the chances of your cargo getting stolen are similar to ocean freight.

Are the cargo loading requirements of the container the same as other methods of freight transportation?
Cargo, sensitive to vibration can be protected with vibration-isolating pallets, additionally, the rail freight operator requires pictures before, during and after the loading to ensure a seamless customs process.

What is the maximum payload of a container?
Payload per Container is currently standard and similar to Ocean Freight Container since we are using ISO standard 40ft. Container

Can a 20ft. container be transported via rail freight?
Crane Worldwide suggests using a 40ft. container for rail transportation, as the whole rail car must be booked with the operator. One rail car fits one 40ft. container. There is a possibility to load 2 x 20ft. containers onto one rail car however rail car operators tend to off-load the container at terminals and wait for an additional 20ft. in order to maximize the use of the rail freight space available.

Working in partnership with you for all your rail freight transportation needs.

Our goal is to work with you to understand your logistics challenges, now and in the future. Understanding your planning and forecasting your future requirements will enable the team to provide seamless door-to-door transportation to address your rail freight shipment requirements. Reliable, secure and cost-effective rail freight services can make a difference to your logistics operation. During this period of uncertainly due to the implications of the Coronavirus around the world, please reach out below if we can be of assistance! 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support

As supply chains face the challenging environment that the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has created, the global logistics team are supporting our clients with the transportation of medical supplies and urgent freight requests, read more. Please reach out if we can support your logistics operations at this time. 

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