Saturday 20th Jul 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Record transit times for China rail service

Davies Turner says it is now achieving record transit times for its weekly rail import service for LCL cargoes from China.

“Last week, our consol box arrived and was unpacked after just 19 days, which was a record time. The scheduled transit time from the Wuhan rail hub to our Dartford depot is 22 to 24 days,” said Tony Cole, head of supply chain services.

The Express China Rail Service sees containers carried by rail from Wuhan directly into Duisburg in Germany. They are then trucked under bond to the port of Rotterdam and transported by ferry to Purfleet, near Dartford for on-carriage by truck to Davies Turner’s distribution centre, where they are discharged, customs cleared and delivered.

“Since we launched the dedicated weekly consol service from Wuhan in November 2018 we have seen it go from strength to strength. Bookings have increased by 195 per cent.”

Davies Turner offers more direct route from Wuhan to Dartford