Davies Turner reduces rates on Express China rail freight service

Reintroduces FCL option as a result of new rail services being launched in China

A softening of buying rates post Chinese New Year has enabled Davies Turner to reduce the rates for its Express China rail freight service, which is the only direct weekly fixed-day intermodal service between China and UK.

Furthermore, as a result of new rail services being launched in China, the Company is also recommencing its FCL service, which has proven popular in the past.

The Company’s weekly LCL volumes on the overland rail freight service have increased from just two High Cube 40-foot consol containers per week when the service started in 2018, to six or seven, 40-foot HC consols per week now.

The new rate of US$300.00 per 500 kg / 1 CBM will become applicable from mid-March and delivers a reduction of US$70 per 500 kg / 1 CBM on LCL shipments compared to the current rate.

On departure from Wuhan, China, the rail service heads direct to Duisburg in Germany. Containers are then trucked under bond to the nearby port of Rotterdam for transport by ferry to Purfleet, then on-carried by truck (still secure in the same container) to Davies Turner’s regional distribution centres across the UK, where they are discharged, customs cleared and delivered to final destination.

With a transit time of around 24 days from China to the UK, the direct weekly Express China Rail service for consol and FCL traffic continues to offer a reliable and much faster service versus the all-ocean alternative from ports on China’s North Eastern and Eastern coasts.

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